|Improving performance on sustainability metrics isn't necessarily free, and investors need to factor in the costs of environmental, social and governance in both risks and returns, according to fund manager MFS Investment Management.|
|The global sustainability-linked bond market has seen dramatic growth in 2020, and investors are evaluating whether the sustainability and value propositions align.|
|The Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative has signed more than 40 new participants, agreeing to achieve 2030 emissions reductions and net zero by 2050 or sooner.|
|An independent investment consultant has designed a responsible investment index that assesses fund managers on their ESG-related activities and found that many funds are doing ESG-related work without being categorised as such.|
|The world's largest fund manager outlined its key engagement priorities for 2021, including board quality and effectiveness, climate and natural capital, and company impacts on people.|
|The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will commit financial support for a $777 million pumped hydro plant in Queensland.|
|Digitalisation as an investment trend is gathering momentum, fuelled by developments in the last year and an "agent for positive change" for achieving social and environmental goals, according to Janus Henderson Investors.|
|Diversity and inclusion, human rights and climate change continue to be issues of engagement for Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI).|
|EISS Super has implemented State Street's environmental, social and governance (ESG) Risk Analytics Solution.|
|Demand for renewable energy infrastructure investments has continued to rise, according to research from bfinance.|
Assessing the ESG characteristics of mortgage and other asset-backed securities (ABS) are an "essential component" of investing in securitised markets, according to Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM).
Australian CEOs face calls for more ESG reporting and transparency, but admit they struggle to "articulate a compelling ESG story," according to research from KPMG.
Climate-related business and investment decisions are shifting from risk to capturing new opportunities, according to former APRA executive board member Geoff Summerhayes.
A former Statewide Super product and distribution manager and a financial adviser have launched an ethical multi-asset fund for retail, wholesale and institutional investors.
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