Connect with us

Environment

FTSE4Good Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary With Sustainable Investment Launch

Published

on

London Stock Exchange

Today, the FTSE Russell celebrates the 15th anniversary of FTSE4Good, its flagship ESG Index Series.

The Index Series was launched in 2001 and provides investors with a transparent and objective benchmark. Companies meeting specific thresholds in relation to environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices are included in the index series with regular reviews to ensure that they continue to meet the criteria.

Fifteen years ago the assessment was relatively simple but that has evolved into a much deeper and more sophisticated methodology. Since 2001, the ESG areas covered by the criteria have grown from just three Themes at launch to 14 today. In turn, the number of indicators assessed has grown from around 40 to a model which now comprises over 300 data points, which are applied according to the industrial sectors and countries in which a company operates.

The model applies particular emphasis on quantitative and sector specific indicators. For example, within the Health and Safety Theme, assessing fatality rates for engineering and construction companies, and in the Climate Change Theme, assessing energy utility companies on tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per MWh.

The area of sustainable investment has changed dramatically with consideration of ESG factors now seen as standard for most large institutional investors. To mark the 15th anniversary, FTSE Russell is launching today the FTSE4Good Emerging Markets Index and FTSE4Good Emerging Latin America Index, extending the FTSE4Good Index Series to over 15 indexes. These will provide valuable additions for those investors using FTSE4Good indexes who require an index option for their emerging markets allocations.

FTSE Russell is also releasing its new ESG Ratings data model, which provides underlying environmental, social and governance data on more than 4,100 companies across more than 300 indicators. This data will be available to subscribers alongside the Green Revenues (LCE) data model.

FTSE4Good is part of FTSE Russell’s wider and extensive sustainability offering which includes the recent launch of the Green Revenues (LCE) data model and FTSE Russell’s first Smart Sustainability index. Green Revenues (LCE) is a ground breaking data model that tracks companies that generate green revenues, a critical component missing from current sustainability models. The Smart Sustainability index is the first to combine a smart beta factor approach alongside climate change considerations. It has been chosen by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) for its new Future World Fund, which HSBC Bank UK Pension Scheme has selected for its equity default option, worth £1.85 billion, in its Defined Contribution scheme.

Mark Makepeace, Chief Executive, FTSE Russell, said:

“When we launched the FTSE4Good Index Series 15 years ago there was scepticism that this was a serious area for professional investors. Since then, the world and the investment landscape has changed beyond recognition and sustainable investing, climate risk, the transition to a low carbon economy and ESG integration are now a core focus for our clients across asset owners, asset managers, consultants and banks.”

The global rise of ESG investing:

Over 1,500 signatories with over US$60 trillion under management have signed the United Nations backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a doubling of the assets pledged to PRI since 2011.** Signatories commit to a range of principles including incorporating ESG principles into investment analysis and decision making processes. Signatories also have to provide detailed annual reports on their progress in implementing the principles.

London Stock Exchange Group is a pioneer in supporting the growing global green and sustainable financing movement, providing a comprehensive green and sustainable product offering. Further information can be found online at our Global Sustainable Investment Centre.

Environment

Why Going Green is Good For Your Furniture

Published

on

By

These days, it seems like the planet can use all the help that it can get. Worrisome changes in the environment have made it crucial for humans to step up and make necessary changes to their lives to protect the future of the world. While it might feel like one person can’t make much of a difference, there are actually plenty of ways that the individual can create positive changes. Online mailbox has some useful bits of advice to share about how going green with your furniture can make a positive impact on the environment.

Eco-friendly furniture boasts a number of benefits to both homeowners and the planet. The decision to switch out your current decor for something that can help the environment is one worth considering.

Financially Sound

Many people worry that eco-friendly products are too costly. This is a general misconception about going green that has prevented a large number of homeowners from taking action. Still, looking at the numbers can help you to see the reality. Most of the materials found in eco-friendly furniture options are much more affordable than other options. Experts have been working for years to craft sustainable and less expensive materials for use in a variety of goods. This means that you are likely to save a bit of cash when you opt to go for this type of furniture.

Clean Manufacturing

A great deal of the goods and produced across the world harm the environment in the way that they are created. The chemicals released into the environment during some of these processes can do serious harm to the air, soil, and water. Furniture made up of eco-friendly materials will not damage the planet in this way. This is because the process to manufacture these options is much safer and does not release the same deadly byproducts. By cutting back on the more dangerous production practices, a bit of pressure can be taken off the planet.

Preserve Resources

Since most eco-friendly furniture options consist of synthetic materials, it allows fewer trees to be cut down each year for the purpose of crafting goods. Trees are an incredibly important aspect of the planet’s survival. Plants, trees specifically, are responsible for producing clean oxygen and offering shelter to an array of lifeforms. Protecting trees for the future is a must for the survival of all life on Earth. When you make the choice to switch to a new kind of furniture, you are able to help reduce the need for wood and preserve the forests of tomorrow.

The world is facing more problems now than ever before. In order for positive changes to be made to the environment, people must stand up and make the right decisions. Taking manageable steps like being selecting in the goods that you buy can be a great way to do your part. Consider the benefits of switching to eco-friendly furniture. This is a choice that can help you to protect precious resources, eliminate harmful byproducts created from manufacturing processes, and save a bit of money all the while. Explore your options and make a decision that will help preserve the planet.

Continue Reading

Environment

Want to Connect With Nature? Start by Disconnecting From Busyness

Published

on

Connect With Nature

Have you ever found yourself staring at one of your (many) devices and feeling slightly disgusted with how much time you waste on technology? If so, you aren’t alone. We all have moments like these and it’s important that we use them as motivation to change – especially if we want to be more connected with nature.

How Busyness Impacts Your Connection With Nature

Whether you realize it or not, you live an ultra connected life. Between smart phones, tablets, computers, and wearable devices, you’re never very far from some sort of technology that can connect you to the internet or put you in touch with other people. That’s just the world we live in.

While it could be argued that this sort of omnipresent connectivity is a positive thing, it’s also pretty clear that being permanently tethered to technology impacts our ability to strip away distractions and connect with nature.

When you’re always within arm’s reach of a device, you feel a sense of busyness.  Whether it’s browsing your social media feed, uploading a picture, reading the news, or responding to an email, there’s always something to do. As someone who wants to spend more time in nature, this is problematic.

4 Practical Ways to Disconnect

If you want to truly connect with nature and live a greener lifestyle, you have to be proactive about finding ways to disconnect. Here are a few practical suggestions:

1. Switch to a New Phone Plan

It’s not always practical to totally unplug from the world. Family and work responsibilities mean you can’t go off the grid and continue to fulfill your responsibilities. Having said that, there are some ways to scale back.

One suggestion is to switch to a prepaid phone plan. When you have a prepaid phone plan, you’re far less likely to spend hours and hours of your time making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. It forces you to be more conscious of what you’re doing.

2. Get Rid of Social Media

Social media is one of the biggest time wasters for most people. Whether you realize it or not, it’s also a huge stressor. You’re constantly being exposed to the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives, which makes you feel like you’re missing out on something (even when you aren’t).

If you want to feel a sense of relief and free yourself up to spend more time in nature, get rid of social media. Don’t just delete the apps off your phone – actually disable your accounts. It’s a bold, yet necessary step.

3. Create Quiet Hours

If you aren’t able to get rid of social media and disable various online accounts, the next best thing you can do is establish quiet hours each day where you totally detach from technology. You should do this for a minimum of three hours per day for best results.

4. Build Community

Do you know why we’re drawn to social media and our devices? Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s because we all want to be connected to other people. But do you know what’s better than connecting with people online? Connecting with them in person.

As you build real life, person-to-person relationships, you’ll feel less of a need to constantly have your eyes glued to a screen. Connect with other people who have an appreciation for nature and bond over your mutual interests.

Untether Your Life

If you find yourself constantly connected to a device, then this is probably a clear indicator that you aren’t living your best life. You certainly aren’t enjoying any sort of meaningful connection with nature. Now’s as good a time as any to untether your life and explore what a world free from cords, screens, and batteries is really like.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Facebook

Trending