Government signals drive to boost ESG options for pension funds

Government signals drive to boost ESG options for pension funds UK government pensions minister Guy Opperman has signalled plans to accelerate ESG action for pension funds ahead of the milestone COP26 conference in 2021. “The government will be making announcements on climate change considerations on the whole investment chain and you can expect more and […]

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China announces aim to be carbon neutral by 2060

China announces aim to be carbon neutral by 2060 China has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 in an ambitious statement by a country that currently burns half the world’s coal. In perhaps the most significant positive climate development since the 2015 Paris Agreement, President Xi Jinping announced at the UN’s General Assembly that […]

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SEC lambasted over shareholder rights change as companies fail to meet ESG targets

SEC lambasted over shareholder rights change as companies fail to meet ESG targets  The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has come under fire from investor groups after it voted to adopt amendments to its shareholder proposal rules. In what is being seen by investors as a major blow for corporate transparency and shareholder democracy, the SEC […]

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Write down governance standards to improve them, study finds

Write down governance standards to improve them, study finds Organisations and people are more likely to commit to a higher standard of corporate governance if their purpose is written down, according to research by Washington University in St Louis. The paper, Personal and Organizational Higher Purpose, Corporate Governance and Shareholder Value, questioned more than 1,000 […]

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Dalriada Trustees selects Minerva for implementation statements reporting

Dalriada Trustees selects Minerva for implementation statements reporting Dalriada Trustees, one of the UK’s largest independent trustee firms, has selected Minerva Analytics to carry out vital duties for its pension fund clients related to the newly introduced implementation statement. Dalriada, which operates out of seven UK offices, has appointed Minerva to assess its external asset […]

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Regulators: Beware of climate risks in actuarial forecasts

Regulators: Beware of climate risks in actuarial forecasts Regulators are warning that risks from climate change pose a significant threat to the quality and accuracy of actuarial work. This latest warning from the Joint Forum on Actuarial Regulation – which includes representatives from the Financial Reporting Council, Financial Conduct Authority and the Pensions Regulator – […]

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Sec lending management key to better ESG

Sec lending management key to better ESG Managing securities lending policies in line with ESG goals, rather than halting them completely, should result in better outcomes for shareholders, research suggests. In recent months, asset owners had been quizzing fund firms over whether the practice of securities lending erodes long-term sustainability efforts. This followed a decision […]

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COVID-19 brings social investment to the fore

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a renewed emphasis on the ‘social’ aspect of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Companies that place a high priority on the wellbeing of staff are likely to be those that succeed in the long term – a point highlighted by the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) in a recent […]

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ECODA

The chair of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ECODA) has urged boards to embrace ESG in the fightback against coronavirus and the economic chaos which will likely follow the pandemic. In an open letter, chair Jan Wesseldijk explained it is the responsibility of companies to contribute to the survival of the economy, noting that […]

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ESGvolution

Whilst asset owners’ approach to ESG has been slowly shaped by regulatory and best practice influences over time, we have now reached the point that inaction on the topic is no longer possible, according to Sarah Wilson, Minerva’s Chief Executive.  At Minerva’s recent ESG Educational Event in London, Sarah addressed the topic of ‘ESGvolution’, looking […]

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