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The climate crisis puts the security of workers’ retirements at stake, said Patrick DeRochie, senior manager at Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health, during a session at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2022 Risk Management Conference. Pension plan sponsors’ investment decisions and their ability to achieve adequate returns for their members depends on a […]

ESG influencing company strategy, increasing oil market vulnerability: reports

A resolution passed by the trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration with the approval of Governor Ron DeSantis is barring state pension fund managers from making fiduciary decisions based on environmental, social and governance criteria. “As used in this section, ‘pecuniary factor’ means a factor that the board prudently determines is expected to […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 25, 2022 August 25, 2022
  • 13:00

The Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee is releasing the final framework it will use to identify investment funds that disclose adopting responsible investing strategies. “Given the rapidly developing nature of global [environmental, social and governance]-related and sustainable investing frameworks, the CIFSC’s intent is not to further complicate the global or Canadian landscape but, rather, to […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 7, 2022 July 6, 2022
  • 11:00

Only one per cent of institutional investors described their organizations as non-adopters of environmental, social and governance investing criteria, according to a survey from Capital Group. The survey, which polled 1,100 institutional investors working around the world, found two-thirds of institutional investors that hadn’t adopted ESG strategies a year ago have now done so. Another 10 per […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 24, 2022 May 24, 2022
  • 12:30

The Pension Fund Coalition is publishing a set of generic contracts aimed to help plan sponsors in establishing minimum environmental, social and governance criteria with asset managers. The model contracts are designed to be flexible across a range of scenarios, approaches and asset classes, according to a press release, which noted although the coalition is […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 19, 2022 May 18, 2022
  • 08:55

Investors should expect the unexpected in 2022, according to George Athanassakos, professor of finance and the Ben Graham chair in value investing at Western University’s Ivey School of Business. “2022 is likely to be filled with hidden hazards, both known unknowns and unknown unknowns,” he wrote in an email to the Canadian Investment Review. This […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 30, 2021 January 5, 2022
  • 09:00

A high-profile fraud case and a devastating oil spill directly inspired Maria Elena Drew to focus on environmental, social and governance factors in her investment career. During her session at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2021 Investment Innovation Conference, the director of research in responsible investing at T. Rowe Price said she began her ESG journey […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 21, 2021 December 17, 2021
  • 07:56

The OPSEU Pension Trust is shifting toward responsible investing as environmental, social and governance factors become increasingly more material to returns for institutional investors. “We’re seeing a lot of shifting sands around consumer preferences and expectations,” said Alison Loat, managing director of sustainable investing and innovation at OPTrust, during a session at the Canadian Investment Review‘s […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 21, 2021 December 21, 2021
  • 07:54

With recent deadly heat waves and wild fires ravaging Canada’s west coast and large-scale flooding in the east, who can ignore the growing risk of extreme weather? Irrespective of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, extreme weather events, driven by climate change, are projected to increase in frequency, intensity and duration through the 21st century, […]

In his keynote address at the 2021 Global Investment Conference, Karthik Ramanna, professor of business and public policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, described the practice of greenwashing in corporate environmental, social and governance reports as “rampant.” “I’m going to give you some fairly specific tactical tools to tell the signal […]