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How often does today’s news present stories about environmental issues? Climate change, pollution, overpopulation, deforestation, biodiversity degradation — the list is endless and these long-term shifts are far from new. We’re failing our environment and our people. Our world is changing. Food, fresh water, other natural resources and clean energy are all under strain. Unfortunately, […]

The federal government’s 2022 budget, which set out $56 billion in new spending on Thursday, has a few offerings that could impact employers and employees. Dental-care program, pharmacare The budget confirmed the government’s commitment to rolling out a national dental-care program, which was announced in March, by specifying a $5.3-billion investment in its implementation. It also […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 8, 2022 April 8, 2022
  • 09:00

The U.K. pension regulator is releasing new rules on climate disclosures for institutional investors and defined benefit pension plans. In a report, the Financial Conduct Authority laid out its latest rules and guidelines for pension plan sponsors related to climate-related risks and opportunities. “Firms would be required to produce, annually, a baseline set of consistent, […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 31, 2022 March 31, 2022
  • 12:30

Nature-based mitigants to climate change will offer attractive risk-adjusted returns to investors, according to a new report from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Natural carbon dioxide sinks, like forests, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By managing these natural assets, investors can monetize the carbon absorption through the sale of carbon credits. “Companies looking […]

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  • March 16, 2022 March 16, 2022
  • 12:20

Financial sector workers with a keen understanding of sustainable finance issues are in high demand in Canada, according to a United Nations-backed report. The report, commissioned by the UN-linked Financial Centres for Sustainability, Deloitte and Toronto Finance International, was based on responses from individuals working at asset management companies, banks, insurance companies, pension plans and other financial sector organizations. While all […]

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  • January 20, 2022 January 20, 2022
  • 09:45

U.K. employers are encouraging staff to try a vegan diet for the month of January. More than 75 organizations have signed on to the “Veganuary” workplace challenge, which encourages employees to try a diet free of animals or animal-derived products for the first 31 days of 2022. A wide array of organizations, from high-end department […]

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  • January 5, 2022 January 4, 2022
  • 09:00

Countries with strong social and governance traditions are seeing fewer deaths and more economic stability during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by FTSE Russell. “The analysis shows that investing in [environmental, social and governance] themes has overarching benefits, both for economies and investors,” wrote the report’s researchers. “While it results in more […]

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  • December 14, 2021 December 14, 2021
  • 13:59

Risk managers consider cyber attacks and data breaches as the biggest threats to businesses, including those in the financial sector, according to a new survey by Aon. The survey, which polled more than 2,000 respondents in 16 global industries, also found that cyber security and data breach risks are rated as the most significant risk […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 28, 2021 October 27, 2021
  • 10:30

Governance-related resolutions are receiving more overall votes from defined contribution pension plan members, but environmental issues are more engaging on a vote-per-measure basis, according to a new survey by two U.K.-based organizations. The study, by asset management firm Legal and General Investment Management Ltd. and fintech company Tumelo, found measures related to all levels of […]

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  • September 14, 2021 September 14, 2021
  • 12:00

Broad support for regulating environmental, social and governance-themed investments in Canada has left the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission playing catch-up with its northern neighbour, says Katie Pries (pictured), president and chief executive officer of Northern Trust Canada. “While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is working through its regulatory plans for ESG investing, Canada […]