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As fund managers race to meet surging demand for sustainable investment, regulators are getting tough on greenwashing. Plus: activist shareholders make their mark; sin stocks; ESG with Chinese characteristics; climate-friendly pensions; is crypto a no-no?
The case for excluding ESG laggards is not clear-cut, though regulation may soon tip the balance
The country’s net zero ambition is attractive, its human rights record less so
Asset managers are keen to benefit from a surge of investor money, but ESG branding can be risky
Concerns about greenwashing have grown as sustainable finance has gone mainstream
Pressure is growing on managers to stop lending to unsavoury regimes
Activist shareholders are winning more support in their efforts to raise corporate standards
Plus, the EU’s inaugural green bond and ESG in emerging markets
The market in sustainable debt is growing but issuers are being challenged on margins
Only 15% of European ETFs and other index products track ESG indices
Addressing underlying issues such as low-paid work and poor air quality is a business imperative
Academic research shows the funds also starve sectors of capital to invest in transition to cleaner energy
Plus, London Fashion Week, what’s up with Efrag and more
Boards are still too insulated from investor pressure to reform
Solid returns on many ESG-themed vehicles during pandemic has bolstered inflows
Actively managed vehicles have been able to tweak their strategies but passive funds face tougher challenges
Transparency ETF will mark a departure from her previous focus on innovation
Doing good is big business but asset managers need to up their game
Poor data and conflicting standards on ESG open up asset managers to potential claims misleading clients
The fierce backlash from US state funds over Ben & Jerry’s boycott underscores diverging demands from shareholders
Global investment community’s commitment to sustainability is more ambiguous than meets the eye
Green-themed investment funds found to offer range of exposure to oil and oil-service companies
Honesty about impact is needed to build confidence in a movement blighted by hype and woolliness
Investors must not forget about profits, even as they focus on wider criteria
How an ex-BlackRock executive lost faith in sustainable finance, and why PRI says delay is not defeat