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Netherlands to end funding for overseas coal plants in boost for fossil fuel divestment campaign

The Netherlands has vowed to stop financing new coal projects overseas, in an announcement that has been hailed as another positive sign for the fossil fuel divestment movement.   In a joint statement published on Monday, the Netherlands and the US affirmed their belief in the importance of low-carbon investment....


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 26 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Active ownership: investing as ‘responsible stewards, not absentee landlords’ TEDxEastEnd organiser: TED is not the ‘end point of your exploration’ F&C: responsible...


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Investors to have ‘their say on pay’ through new tool

A new tool that aims to help savers take a stand on pay has been launched by responsible investment charity ShareAction to coincide with Ownership Day. The organisation is calling on investors to use their votes to say ‘no’ to “excessive pay at the top and poverty pay at...


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Standard Life in talks to acquire Ignis Asset Management

Edinburgh-based pensions and insurance firm Standard Life has confirmed that it is in talks to buy Ignis Asset Management from rival firm Phoenix Group Holdings. Ignis has £67 billion of assets under management and if the deal goes ahead, Standard Life would become one of the UK’s largest investment...


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F&C: responsible investment ‘continues to gather momentum’

Responsible investment “continues to gather momentum globally”, driven by investor values, risk management and the introduction of stronger codes and standards, according to asset management business F&C. The firm – which controls £83.4 billion in assets – said environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues were now “material to long-term...


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Active ownership: investing as ‘responsible stewards, not absentee landlords’

Alex Blackburne explores the long-term financial benefits of active ownership. There was a time when investors at both an institutional and retail level would be almost entirely disconnected from what their assets were doing. The norm was to invest, sit back and collect the (hopefully healthy) dividend each quarter....


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Ownership Day: age of ‘invisible investors’ passing

Pension funds have been urged to “lead from the front” and hold companies to account. To mark the second annual Ownership Day, institutional investors are being encouraged to be more ‘active owners’ and use shareholder power to make companies more sustainable. A poll commissioned by the UK Sustainable Investment...


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National Express shareholders seek to address employment issues

A group of three pension funds and 100 individual shareholders have co-filed a shareholder resolution in an effort to improve employee rights at National Express. The resolution is part of a growing trend of rising investor inertest in human capital issues. The shareholders are calling for the multinational transport...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 25 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Will Oulton plans top slot for First State responsible investment Which? says impartial advice ‘critical’ to protecting pensioners Labour urged to take...


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Islamic investment becoming ‘financial powerhouse’ in the UK

Sharia-compliant investment is rapidly growing in the UK and has become a “financial powerhouse”, according to specialist asset manager London Central Portfolio (LCP). However, the firm added that there are still limited investment options in the sector. Islamic finance shares many similarities with ethical finance, including screening out certain...


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Which? says impartial advice ‘critical’ to protecting pensioners

Changes to the pensions industry, announced by George Osborne in last week’s budget, must be backed up by robust measures, which include independent and impartial support and guidance, according to the consumer group Which? The chancellor announced what is being called the most radical shake-up of the pensions system...


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On this day in 1989: the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster

Twenty-five years ago today, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, leading to 11m gallons of oil spewing into the sea off the coast of Alaska. The effects of the disaster are still being felt today. The oil spill remains one of the largest to...


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Investors call for ‘low-carbon commitment’ after EU delays energy and climate decision

The decision from European leaders to delay an agreement on the EU’s climate and energy targets will threaten investment in low-carbon technology, a group that represents some of Europe’s wealthiest investors has warned. As a two-day European Council summit draws to a close in Brussels, heads of state and...


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Osmosis takes ‘resource efficiency’ investment approach to the US

US investors are set to benefit from an investment approach that assesses resource efficiency, as UK-based Osmosis Investment Management delivers its Model of Resource Efficiency (MoRE) strategy across the pond. Osmosis says MoRE utilises unique and distinguishable insights to indentify values in well-run global businesses. It argues that markets...


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Don’t get fooled again: a Daily Mail budget proposal with a Financial Times impact

George Osborne unveiled significant changes to the UK pensions landscape in his budget on Wednesday. Hailed as a revolution and freedom for the common man, Julian Parrott argues the changes were in fact an illusory, Daily Mail-focused con. Roger Daltrey may not have achieved his apparent desire to “die...


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