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  • Assessing Company Alignment with UN SDGs

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    Assessing Company Alignment with UN SDGs

    2021-02-26T09:10:00Z

    Five years ago, the United Nations adopted 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an effort to end extreme poverty, reduce inequity and protect the planet by 2030.1

  • Combining E, S, and G Scores - An Exploration of Alternative Weighting Schemes

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    Combining E, S, and G Scores: An Exploration of Alternative Weighting Schemes

    2021-02-26T09:07:00Z

    Environmental (E), social (S), and governance (G) scores have shown different relationships with financial characteristics of firms. Historically, governance has provided the strongest significance, social the weakest.

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    MSCI 2021 ESG Trends to Watch

    2021-02-17T15:23:00Z

    The top 5 ESG and Climate trends we think will shape the investment market in 2021

  • What ESG Ratings Tell Us About Corporate Bonds

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    What ESG Ratings Tell Us About Corporate Bonds

    2021-02-17T14:17:00Z

    A growing number of institutional investors are looking to incorporate ESG factors into the fixed-income investment process, alongside traditional financial factors.

  • Foundations of ESG Investing

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    Foundations of ESG Investing

    2021-02-17T13:59:00Z

    Many studies have focused on the relationship between companies with strong ESG characteristics and corporate financial performance.  However, these have often struggled to show that positive correlations — when produced — can in fact explain the behavior. 

  • omparing Risk and Performance for Absolute and Relative ESG Scores

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    Comparing Risk and Performance for Absolute and Relative ESG Scores

    2021-02-17T13:44:00Z

    ESG investing is undergoing a pivotal shift. Investors are increasingly moving away from asking “if” ESG can add value to their strategies, and towards questions of “how” and “where.”

  • Engaging Companies on Palm Oil Deforestation

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    Engaging Companies on Palm Oil Deforestation

    2021-02-09T14:22:00Z

    Palm oil is widely used in products such as food, household goods and biofuels. 1 The surge in demand for the commodity in the last decade2 has exposed companies reliant on palm oil to reputational risks over the devastating effects of palm oil plantations on forests and habitats. 

  • Green Bonds — Trends and Beyond

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    Green Bonds — Trends and Beyond

    2021-02-09T12:23:00Z

    The rapid growth in green bond issuance since 2015, along with diversification in types and regions of issuers, has resulted in substantial expansion of the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Green Bond Index.

  • Zombies on Board-Investors Face the Walking Dead

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    Zombies on Board: Investors Face the Walking Dead

    2021-02-08T14:28:00Z

    Zombies can appear anywhere, including America’s boardrooms. As Halloween approaches, it might be comfortable to think these brain-munching monsters live only in our imaginations, but for investors, zombies can be all too real. They can haunt corporate boardrooms for years, where their very existence can eat away at one of the most fundamental of shareholder rights: the right to duly elected representation.

  • ESG investing in emerging markets

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    ESG investing in emerging markets

    2021-02-02T10:41:00Z

    Recent studies by MSCI ESG Research LLC have shown historical positive links between environmental, social and governance considerations and corporate financial performance

  • Stress Testing Climate-Change Scenarios

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    Stress Testing Climate-Change Scenarios

    2021-01-28T15:27:00Z

    The Biden administration’s focus on climate change may greatly increase regulatory requirements for climate-risk reporting,1 and climate-change stress tests could be an important part of these regulatory disclosures.

  • An ‘ESG-First’ Approach to Portfolio Construction

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    An ‘ESG-First’ Approach to Portfolio Construction

    2021-01-19T15:37:00Z

    The new Biden administration in the U.S. and ESG-related disclosure regulations and guidelines slated to take effect across Europe will likely increase investors’ focus on sustainability.