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UN’s Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance adopting intermediate targets

The United Nations’ Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance — an association of financial organizations that includes the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec — is…

B.C.’s Municipal Pension Plan focusing on sustainable investments

Chelsea Kittleson joined British Columbia’s Municipal Pension Plan at a time of change for the investment organization. The MPP’s executive director, who joined the plan…

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CSSB’s climate risk disclosure standards should align with ISSB’s, with only Canadian-specific modifications: PIAC

The Pension Investment Association of Canada supports closely aligning the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board disclosure standards with the International Sustainability Standards Board’s requirements but recommends it…

  • By: Staff
  • June 20, 2024 June 19, 2024
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article detailing a stark increase in the use of obesity medications among Canadian employer-sponsored benefits plan members was the most-read article on BenefitsCanada.com this…

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  • June 14, 2024 June 13, 2024
  • 09:00

2024 Global Investment Conference: How institutional investors can re-think active management to add value, generate alpha

An active manager only adds value for clients through three distinct ways: interpreting information through their research and decision-making, the way they manage risk through…

2024 Global Investment Conference: How institutional investors can leverage their influence with stewardship goals

Active ownership, accompanied by a concrete set of stewardship goals, is critical for long-term value creation, said Delaney Greig, director of investor stewardship at the…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the federal government’s national pharmacare bill receiving approval in the House of Commons was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com this week. Here…

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  • June 7, 2024 June 6, 2024
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Issuance of emerging market green bonds expected to reach US$240BN by 2025: report

The issuance of emerging market green bonds linked to sustainability and social factors is expected to grow at an annual rate of 7.1 per cent…

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  • June 6, 2024 June 6, 2024
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Expert panel: How transition investments can help institutional investors reach net zero

Driven by the net-zero pledge towards green investments, institutional investors are finding themselves uncomfortably wedged between a rock and a hard place. If they invest…

Montreal municipal employees’ pension plan promises to divest from fossil fuels, repatriate investments

The City of Montreal, which manages the joint fund of the city’s municipal employees’ retirement plan, says it intends to withdraw all investments from fossil…

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  • May 21, 2024 May 17, 2024
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Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

Greenhushing possibly a temporary trend in institutional investment space: expert

Greenhushing — the withholding of sustainability milestones and other environmental investment goals by institutional investors and investee companies — is a trend that could already be…

Independent Electricity System Operator using diversification to beat volatility

The Independent Electricity System Operator’s pension plan is in the midst of a comeback from a period of heightened post-coronavirus pandemic volatility, with diversification as…

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ESG standards helping institutional investors realize positive annualized returns: study

Environmental, social and governance standards have helped investors generate positive annualized returns, with environmental investments leading the pack globally, according to a new study from…

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  • May 3, 2024 May 7, 2024
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73% of OPB plan members want ESG considerations included in investment decisions: survey

Roughly seven in 10 (73 per cent) Ontario Pension Board plan members believe environmental, social and governance factors should play a critical role in the…

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  • April 25, 2024 April 24, 2024
  • 09:00
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Caisse reports more than $53 billion in low-carbon assets

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is reporting $53 billion in low-carbon assets, including $15 billion in Quebec, representing an overall increase of…

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  • April 16, 2024 April 16, 2024
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Editorial: Turning challenge into opportunity

As I write this column, I’m reflecting on the spectrum of weather I’ve witnessed this past winter. From my office window in southwestern Ontario, I…

Head to Head: Is it time to change the terminology around ESG?

An academic says environmental, social and governance terminology should evolve alongside understanding of the concept, while a consultant favours a focus on substance over form.…

How will growing anti-ESG sentiment in the U.S. impact Canadian institutional investors?

A growing wave of opposition to environmental, social and governance factors has turned life in the sustainable finance industry into something of a roller coaster…

How CAAT is supporting its ESG aspirations through responsible investments, team-building

As an institutional investor, Asif Haque knows the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan has a responsibility to meet the rising challenge of…

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Vestcor returns 7.5% for 2023, amid rising inflation, high interest rates

Vestcor Corp. is reporting a 7.5 per cent return for 2023, despite the challenges of rising inflation and high interest rates. The New Brunswick-based investment…

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  • April 11, 2024 April 10, 2024
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New York City pension funds reach deal with RBC over clean energy funding disclosure

The New York City Employees’ Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement System and Board of Education Retirement System signed an agreement with the Royal Bank of Canada…

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  • April 10, 2024 April 10, 2024
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on considerations for plan sponsors ahead of the rollout of a new generation of obesity drugs was the most-read article on BenefitsCanada.com. Here…

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  • April 5, 2024 April 4, 2024
  • 09:00
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New ISSB guidelines aligning institutional investors globally on sustainability, climate-related disclosures

With the introduction of new sustainability and climate disclosure guidelines — IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 — from the International Sustainability Standard Board in January, institutional…