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Most Influential SRI & Corporate Governance Analysts Globally: IRRI 2015

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MSCI ESG Research sweeps major categories in investor poll | CDP tops climate-change categories | Unilever, Nordea and CalPERS win categories for companies, asset managers and asset owners

WeConvene Extel and www.SRI‐CONNECT.com today announced the results of the Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey 2015; the most authoritative global survey evaluating how asset managers rate the services of independent providers of sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) & corporate governance (CG) research.

“Alongside the headline awards, IRRI has generated a wealth of data that will help quoted companies engage more effectively with this growing segment of capital markets”, said Steve Kelly, Managing Director of WeConvene Extel. “The SRI & corporate governance dimension is here to stay and is growing fast; The communications best practices that IRRI has identified should enable companies to benefit from the rise of engaged, responsible, long‐term investors.”


Award winner from the major categories were:

For SRI

  • Best SRI analysis (firm): MSCI ESG Research

o    Runners‐up: Sustainalytics & CDP

  • Best SRI analysts (individual): James Magness (CDP) & Gustavo Pimentel (Sitawi)

o    Runner‐up: Greg Elders (Bloomberg)


  • Best Salesperson for SRI research: Daniel Sailer (MSCI ESG Research)

o    Runners‐up: Catalina Secreteanu (Sustainalytics) & Vipul Arora (Solaron)

For Corporate Governance

  • Best Corporate Governance analysis (firm): MSCI ESG Research

o    Runners‐up: ISS & Sustainalytics

  • Best Corporate Governance analyst (individual): Adam Ward (MSCI ESG Research)

o    Runners‐up: Alan Brett (MSCI ESG Research) & Loic Dessaint (Proxinvest)

  • Best Salesperson for Corporate Governance research: Daniel Sailer (MSCI ESG Research)

o    Runners‐up: Vipul Arora (Solaron) & Cornelia Bedford (MSCI ESG Research)

Amongst Companies

  • Best company for SRI: Unilever

o    Runners up: Novo Nordisk, Intel & Repsol

About Asset Managers And Owners

  • Asset Owner contribution to sustainable investment: CalPERS (USA)

o    Runners‐up: PFZW (Netherlands) & ERAFP (France)

  • Asset Manager contribution to sustainable investment: Nordea (Sweden)

o    Runners‐up: Amundi (France) & BMO Global Asset Management (UK)

Insights & Innovation

  • Best analysts (nominated by companies): Cedric Laverie (Amundi), Hardik Shah (Sustainalytics), Robbert Gerritsen (ISS), Orith Azoulay (Natixis) & Yannick Ouaknine (Societe Generale)
  • Best research: CDP Sector Reports including Flicking the Switch and No Room for Passengers

o    Runner‐up: CarbonTracker: Carbon Supply Cost Curves

Other Category Winners

  • Best for engagement services: GES Invest
  • Best for news: Bloomberg
  • Best for voting execution: ISS

The Dynamics Of SRI Research And Communications

Alongside the rankings, IRRI explores the dynamics of SRI & corporate governance research and the communications practices of companies. Highlights of this research includes:

  • 47% of asset owners explicitly mandate asset managers to integrate sustainability and corporate governance factors into investment
  • 68% of asset managers see direct contact with companies on sustainability and corporate governance issues as important or very important to their investment research process
  • Investor relations managers are taking control of the SRI and corporate governance (47% vs 30% last year).
  • Strong demand from all sides (companies, investors and analysts) for closer linkage in between sustainability and financial information in reporting and analysis

Survey Details

The survey ran through October and received responses from 1,287 voters from 681 different firms in 35 different countries. It asked for quantitative and qualitative responses from asset managers globally on how they rate the SRI research published by independent providers, as well as from the research providers themselves on how well quoted companies communicate their sustainability performance to investment analysts and on how asset managers communicate their research needs.

“The IRRI results show the depth, variety and innovation available in SRI & corporate governance research markets.” added Mike Tyrrell, Editor of www.SRI‐CONNECT.com. “Investment research markets worldwide are under scrutiny with asset managers encouraged to find the best insights and also focus on research costs. It is, therefore, encouraging to see that SRI & corporate governance research have the strength, depth and openness to respond to both needs.”

A report with findings from the survey is available on www.extelsurveys.com.

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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”

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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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