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Shareholder Engagement Produces Few Results, Says Activist Investor

Shelley Alpern, Director of Social Research & Advocacy at Clean Yield Asset Management, penned a piece on Monday weighing in on fossil fuel advocacy among institutional investors. Most institutional investors have declined calls to divest from fossil fuel assets, citing their fiduciary duties as a major reason. Instead, many have opted to use their ...
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As Demand for Green Bonds Grows, So Does Desire for Transparency

There is growing demand for environmentally friendly investments, and as a result, “green bonds” have become an increasingly popular investment vehicle. For proof, look no further than CalSTRS, which increased its purchases of “green bonds” by 300 percent in 2014. But with increased popularity comes increased demands for transparency: what ...
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How Should Investors Manage Climate Change Risk?

CalPERS is measuring the carbon footprint of its portfolio. CalSTRS is helping to fund a study on the market impact of climate change. For the first time, institutional investors are beginning to wonder: How will climate change impact the value of our investments? Howard Covington of Cambridge University and Raj Thamotheram of the Network for Sustainable ...
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Could Climate Change Deplete Your Pension?

If oil, gas and coal companies were to face serious financial difficulty, the average person might anticipate the annoyance of a higher heating bill, or having to cough up more cash to fill up at the gas station. They probably don’t think about their pension—but maybe they should. Earlier this year, members of the British Parliament sent out a ...
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