- December 2014 -
In this issue:Global Sustainable Investment Review to be released early 2015!
We welcome you to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance first newsletter, which will provide you with the latest news from the seven largest sustainable organisations around the world: ASrIA, Eurosif, RIAA, RIA Canada, UKSIF, US SIF and VBDO. We hope this tri-annual newsletter will keep you informed of state-of-the-art developments in the field of sustainable investment. To subscribe to the GSIA Newsletter please click here. To learn more about GSIA visit our website: www.gsia-alliance-org.
GSIA is proud to announce the launch of the Global Sustainable Investment Review 2015. The report, due to be published in the beginning of 2015, will gather data from seven regions across the globe and will provide a high-level view of sustainable investment worldwide.
GSIA Members News
Climate Business Forum 2014.
Hosted by theIFC and organized by ASrIA through its AIGCC initiative, the Forum convened over 200 industry leaders and policymakers to highlight and discuss climate investment opportunities, sustainable finance solutions and regulatory environments that will help drive climate-smart business and investment across Asia. Eurosif
The European Commission has recently published a proposal to revise the current text on Shareholder Rights Directive. The overarching objectives are to contribute to the long-term sustainability of European companies and to create an attractive environment for shareholders. More specifically, the text seeks to enhance the level and quality of shareholder engagement and the efficiency of the equity investment chain. The text is now with the European Parliament and the Council. Eurosif is actively lobbying in favour of the proposal working closely with other stakeholders. Eurosif’s last European SRI Market Study published early October 2014 showed that about 1 Euro out of 5 of professionally managed Euro in Europe was subject to a form of Engagement and Voting policy.
RIAA is completing a big 2014. RIAA delivered two national conferences in New Zealand and Australia in the last week of November, with around 300 people attending, demonstrating the rising interest in the industry in this part of the world. Pleasingly, the growth in interest is driving rising demand for responsible investment products, with capital increasingly shifting into more responsible funds and products. This was clearly demonstrated in this year’s Responsible Investment Benchmark Report (see here http://responsibleinvestment.org/resources/benchmark-report/). RIAA is playing an increasingly strong role in the public promotion of the industry to continue to push this next wave of growth, exemplified by the substantial shift in gear in our media presence in the last year, with over 100 media mentions in the past 6 months.
RIA Canada has launched a new website full of educational content, including an interactive map for viewers to locate RI advisors. RIA Canada will launch their biennial trends report at a Toronto event on January 22nd, where they will celebrate surpassing CAD $1 trillion RI AUM.
UKSIF’s latest project is the Red Line Voting initiative with the Association of Member Nominated Trustees. Under the initiative, the AMNT aims to develop – in consultation with UKSIF members – a series of voting guidelines covering ESG issues. It’s hoped these will boost demand for fund management that reflects our aims and which will reflect the increasing richness of data available. UKSIF have also just published their Annual Review here and their Member Survey 2014 results.