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Global Gender Diversity Index Launched by Solactive



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The German multi-asset index provider, Solactive, is producing the Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index, to be licenced to the UBS.

The index enables investors to integrate a gender-focused perspective in their investment strategies by choosing companies from a global stock universe that exhibit boardroom gender diversity and low volatility. The index is powered by research from Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, ratings and analytics. The Swiss bank will use the index as the basis for the construction of index certificates.

In recent years, women have increasingly been seen in positons of power in both government and business. This trend has been supported by regulatory efforts in many western countries in the form of “pink quotas” that have shifted investors’ attention towards gender diversity issues. Some studies have shown that companies with more women on corporate boards can be associated with better performance compared to their less-diverse peers on the grounds that diversity can encourage a more open exchange of ideas and enhanced decision making. For instance, UBS has found that companies with women in at least 20% of leadership positions show superior profitability across various metrics*. These results provide a potential return incentive for gender-related investing.

Astrid Ludwig, Head of Indexing, Solactive AG, explained: “The Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index allows investors to be one step ahead by providing exposure to companies whose governance models are in line with new gender legislations. In addition, the index enables investors to benefit from potential superior performance of gender diverse companies, while supporting the cause of women’s representation in corporate leadership positions.”

Steffen Kapraun, Structured Products Expert, UBS, added: “Investors to whom gender diversity is important can add this part of the socially responsible investment universe to their portfolios with our index certificates. Just as for other fields of sustainable investing, there is convincing evidence that investing in accordance with societal values does not necessarily harm returns.”

The Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index is available in EUR, USD and CHF. The index is calculated as a Net Total Return. The index is composed of 50 equally-weighted companies and is readjusted quarterly. Gender diversity data is provided by Sustainalytics. The index is based on 100 at the close of trading on the start date of 8th of December 2010.


A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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