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The EU publishes its blacklist of 17 tax havens

Today, the EU finance ministers have adopted a blacklist of 17 countries and territories that do not cooperate in the fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance. A second, so-called 'grey list' of 47 countries, including entities that have made commitments but have yet to meet them, was also published. Ministers still have to discuss precisely what kind of sanctions could be applied against countries that do not respect their ...
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New binding targets for energy efficiency and use of renewables from the European Parliament

Today, the European Parliament's Industry and Energy Committee have agreed to a binding target to reduce energy consumption by 40% by 2030 at EU level. Each EU country will have to set its own corresponding national energy-efficiency targets that are needed to reach the overall goal of 40% reduction in energy consumption. These would cover all stages of the energy chain, including generation, transmission, distribution and end-use. In a separate vote, which ...
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How to integrate sustainability into financial markets? The Italian SRI community meets Europe

On the 13th of November, a consultation meeting was held at Borsa Italiana in Milan between representatives of the Italian financial industry and some members of High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. The conference was part of the Italian SRI Week, the most important initiative on sustainable investment in Italy promoted and organised by the Italian Sustainable Investment Forum (FFS). The event is the Italian step of a Roadshow conceived by Eurosif, ...
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FNG publishes 1st edition of Guidelines for Institutional Investors – an easy entry

For the first time, FNG has launched a Guide for Institutional Investors. The target group are small and medium-sized institutional investors. The aim of this publication is to give institutional investors an overview of definitions, strategies, the chances and different options of sustainable investment as well as a check list and information, aiming to support investors in integrating sustainability criteria in their investment portfolio. To download the full study (in ...
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The European Commission launches a fiduciary duty consultation

The European Commission steps up Today, the 13th of November, the European Commission launched a public consultation on providing legal clarification that the legal duties (sometimes referred to as fiduciary duties) of asset owners and asset managers include integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into decision-making. This move recognises the need for more clarity, further accountability and the willingness of the European policy-makers to bring consistency in a financial ...
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IRRI 2017: Launching the search for best practice and the best analysts in SRI & CG

The IRRI Survey 2017 invites institutional investors, asset managers, investment research providers, listed companies and any other with professional exposure to the global SRI and corporate governance value chain globally to share their opinion on the shape and direction of the research that underpins our industry here: IRRI 2017 QuickVote. (IRRI = Independent Research in Responsible Investment. It is the globally-authoritative, practitioner-led review of best practice and trends in SRI & corporate ...
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PensionsAge – Embracing ESG

In an article for the PensionsAge October 2017 magazine (free registration required), Andrew Williams talks to Eurosif's Executive Director, Flavia Micilotta, as he examines why interest in ESG strategies continues to rise. Both the French Article 173 and the recent Dutch regulatory framework are cited as examples of ambitious agendas, while the "responsible investment strategy pursued by GPIF [the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund], characterised by a strong commitment to ...
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Eurosif welcomes ČS Pension Company as new member

Eurosif is pleased to welcome its newest individual member from the Czech Republic, the ČS Pension Company (Česká spořitelna – penzijní společnost) to the European SRI network! A subsidiary of Česká spořitelna, the biggest retail bank in Czech Republic and member of Erste Bank financial group, ČS Pension Company has been operating in the Czech republic since 1995 on supplementary pension savings market currently with 920 thousand clients and total asset under ...

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