IRRI Survey 2017

Manifest has achieved a Top 4th ranking for the independent provider that is best at delivering Proxy Voting Execution in the IRRI Survey 2017, the globally-authoritative review of trends in independent SRI & corporate governance research. The IRRI survey 2017 has asked carefully targeted questions to a broad cross-section of SRI, corporate governance and investment […]

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sustainable finance action plan

The European Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, launched last week, was broadly welcomed by responsible investment groups and those representing the financial sector. The Commission’s intention is to develop a financial system that supports the EU’s climate and sustainable development agenda. The publication of the action plan followed the work of the high-level group of […]

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climate risks

The chair of the UK’s House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has written to the top 25 pension funds in the UK to ask how they manage climate risks and their potential impact on pension savings as part of its inquiry into green finance. This follows the endorsement by the British government of the Task-Force on […]

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Rio Tinto

Institutional investors in Rio Tinto, have filed a resolution calling on the mining group to cease membership of the Minerals Council of Australasia (MCA)  which they believe is primarily a lobby group for the coal industry. Rio Tinto will hold its UK AGM in April and its Australian AGM in May. The shareholder action has […]

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corporate governance codes

The UK government has commissioned research into what steps employers have taken to remove barriers to workplace progression for ethnic minorities. The results of this research will be used to assess progress made by employers on recommendations in the McGregor-Smith review into black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) participation and progression in the workplace. The review, […]

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climate risks

The Investor Agenda, which provides a framework for investors to take action to tackle climate change, has been launched. The plan was developed by seven organisations promoting carbon reduction and responsible investment:  Ceres, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, CDP,  Investor Group on Climate Change, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Principles for Responsible Investment and UNEP Finance Initiative. Ceres recently […]

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sustainable finance action plan

The EU’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance, set up by the European Commission in December 2016, has produced its final recommendations. The Commission has pledged that these proposals will form part of its sustainable finance action plan that will be discussed at a conference in Brussels in March. The HLEG made recommendations across […]

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climate risks

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) 2018 corporate governance policy and voting guidelines have been published providing its members with examples of good stewardship practice and recommendations for key votes at the Annual General Meetings of their investee companies, on subjects such as executive pay, the re-election of directors and the approval of the annual report. The […]

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State green business

The 2018 State of Green Business Report – produced by GreenBiz and Trucost – stated that the corporate carbon emissions of the largest 1,200 global companies and the largest 500 US companies fell in 2016 reaching the lowest level in the past five years, as a result of a switch to cleaner fuels. There have also […]

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Davos sustainability

Global companies attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos have made sustainability commitments on recycling and renewable energy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which is campaigning for a circular economy in the use of materials, announced in Davos that 11 companies had signed up to its new plastics economy initiative. This means that […]

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