Insight

August Insight – Italian Insurers shift gear in Sustainability

For this issue of Eurosif Insight, we spoke to Pietro Negri, Head of Sustainability at the Italian Association of Insurers and Chairman of the Italian Forum for Sustainable Finance to learn about the positive turn in the Italian Insurance industry. Eurosif: What inspires regulators in Italy to take this step? Have they been following in the footsteps of European regulators? PN: I think it is fair to say that European regulators who have been interested in sustainability in the past years, now feel their time has come. Advancements in this respect, have mostly been made of small steps that regulators ...

May Insight – Investing in agriculture, investing in development

For this issue of Eurosif Insight, we spoke to Tomislav Ivančić from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to learn about the role investors can play in the agricultural supply chain and how they can make the right choice for sustainability. At FAO, Tomislav works as a Senior Consultant in Decent Rural Employment. Previously, he has been working with international organisations and the private sector in social and environmental risks in supply chains, decent work, and value chain creation in developing contexts. Eurosif: From your viewpoint, do you see Institutional Investors as a positive ally in the ...

January Insight – Why EU companies should embrace integrated reporting

In this issue of Insight, Eurosif takes stock of the latest developments in integrated reporting and talks to Richard Howitt, the new CEO of the IIRC, former EMEP, and special rapporteur for CSR. The sustainable and responsible investment movement in Europe and worldwide has always encompassed the twin aims of developing the SRI market, and advocating for change in investment dynamics to integrate SRI principles amongst mainstream investors. It is why Eurosif has long advocated the concept of integrated reporting by businesses and developed a natural partnership with its global champion: the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Launched in 2010, 1,600 global ...

August Insight – The Stockholm Declaration

The Swedish Development Agency, Sida, gathered a number of different Swedish investors and owners in 2016 under the concept Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development (SISD) with the specific aim to engage the investment community on the Agenda 2030. Using that platform, Sida hosted an investor conference in Stockholm in May, as a stakeholder outreach to support and contribute input to the initiative of the UN Global Compact and GRI to launch a reporting framework for the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). The event was also supported by the PRI. Together with Folksam, Alecta had the opportunity to co-host of the event ...

May Insight – Tobacco Free Portfolios

To mark World No Tobacco Day, Eurosif spoke to Tobacco Free Portfolios' Dr Rachel Melsom. Their mission is to inform, prioritise and advance tobacco free investment, the ultimate aim is to eliminate tobacco from investment portfolios across the globe. Dr Rachel Melsom MBBS, BSc. joined Tobacco Free Portfolios as the UK Director in 2016 and she explained the opportunities and challenges of divesting from tobacco. Eurosif: Can you explain to our readers how and why your organisation was set up? Who are your key audiences? RM: In 2010, Tobacco Free Portfolio's founder and CEO Dr. Bronwyn King inadvertently discovered that most pension ...

March Insight – CDP and Water Stewardship

When it comes to water stewardship, there is growing concern among investors, especially now that climate change is becoming a focal point for investors and companies alike. There is a strong concurrence of both corporates and investors that risk exposure is key and therefore needs to be properly captured. Risk exposure has typically been seen as a function of water dependency and directly connected to water security, 2 crucial issues for sustainable portfolio management. Eurosif spoke to CDP’s Head of Water, Morgan Gillespy about the obstacles to efficient and comprehensive water risk disclosure. As CDP's Head of Water, she leads the development and ...

January Insight – PLSA members demand more accountability

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) is the UK body in charge of helping pension professionals run better pension schemes, representing £1 trillion in assets, and over 400 businesses. Lately, PLSA produced a survey, published as part of its AGM Season Report 2016, which highlights its members' concerns over corporate executive pay. The findings of the survey have been incorporated into the PLSA’s corporate governance policy and voting guidelines, issued on the 18th of January 2017, advising UK pension funds on stewardship and voting practices at company AGMs. The survey and revised guidelines come close on the heels of ...

November Insight – Sustainable investment: the success in statistics

This article, written by Valentina Neri, originally appeared in Italian on Lifegate.it Sustainable investment is outpacing the industry average, with double digit growth over the past two years. That's enough to show how much Europe is starting to appreciate sustainable investments that profit both the investors and the planet. For too long, sustainable and responsible investment has been considered as niche, or naïve. But now things are changing. This much is clear from Eurosif’s latest report, the 2016 SRI Study. For the Study, Eurosif interviewed 278 players in the field from all over Europe, who together manage more than €15 ...

September Insight – Key issues for the growth of SRI

Eurosif's Executive Director, Flavia Micilotta, discusses the key issues for the the further growth of the SRI Market with the Portuguese chapter of the WBCSD - the article can be found here (in Portuguese).  A version of this article also appears in the October edition of OMFIF's Bulletin. Sustainable and Responsible Investment is becoming increasingly mainstream. Although this might sound like wishful thinking coming from somebody who works in the industry, a cursory reading of the major news in the last 18 months reveals the extent to which terms like sustainability and finance have now become part of our daily conversations ...

Eurosif July Insight – Action towards a low-carbon economy

CDP recently launched their latest study on corporate strategies on adaptation and mitigation at European level - Action towards a low-carbon economy. In view of the European Commission 2050 low-carbon roadmap, CDP offers with this study an overview of the role that companies in Europe can play in leading towards a low carbon economy. Eurosif interviews Steven Tebbe, CDP Europe’s Managing Director, to find out more. READ THE INTERVIEW ...

Eurosif June Insight – The UNGP Reporting Database

The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database was developed by Shift in support of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, a joint initiative of Shift and Mazars. Caroline Rees, President of the non-profit organisation Shift – the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – discusses how the creation of a specific human rights reporting database helps increase understanding of how companies are embedding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in their business. READ INTERVIEW ...

Eurosif March Insight – Swiss pension funds come together to form an RI coalition

On the 3rd of December 2015, the following institutions : BVK Personalvorsorge des Kantons Zürich, compenswiss (Ausgleichsfonds AHV/IV/EO), comPlan, Pensionskasse Post, Pensionskasse SBB, Swiss Federal Pension Fund PUBLICA and Suva joined forces to establish the «Swiss association for responsible investing (SVVK-ASIR)». SVVK-ASIR’s founding members manage a total of over 150 billion Swiss Francs. The fiduciary duty of the funding members requires the inclusion of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) criteria. By setting up SVVK-ASIR, the founding members fulfil this requirement in the most effective way. To find out more, Eurosif has interviewed Mr. Patrick Wirth, Vice Chair at FNG – Forum ...

Interview with Morningstar Italia and Iberia CEO, Mr. Davide Pelusi

Morningstar, the investment research and management firm with global presence in North America and across Europe, Asia and Australasia, has joined forces with Sustainalytics, the award winning ESG service provider. Starting from its ESG database, Morningstar is releasing Sustainability Ratings for more than 20,000 funds based on environmental, social and governance research.  This initiative sends a powerful message to the industry and will maybe represent a game changer for funds. Eurosif has interviewed Mr Pelusi at Morningstar to find out more. READ INTERVIEW ...