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Retail & Consumer, Sector Focus
April 26, 2023

Textile industry criticised for lack of ESG targets in executive pay

Several high-profile textile companies do not link executive pay to any sustainability targets, according to analysis by Planet Tracker. Non-profit Planet Tracker is urging investors...
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Grenfell Tower remains
Industrials, Policy & Regulation, UK
April 24, 2023

UK government warns investors of ‘severe consequences’ over cladding

The government is writing to asset managers including BlackRock and Vanguard about cladding companies’ apparent failure to propose a financial offering to fix unsafe buildings....
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Electric car charging
Finance, Financials, Sector Focus
April 24, 2023

Sovereign debt surges in green bond market

Government bonds now account for a fifth of the Bloomberg MSCI Green Bond Index. Sovereign bonds where proceeds are purely designated for green projects have...
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Nestlé chocolate bars
Retail & Consumer, Sector Focus
April 24, 2023

Why investors are targeting food companies like Nestlé

A shareholder group is urging Nestlé to shift away from unhealthy products because of the 'systemic risks' they pose to investors, while campaigners warn about...
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Finance, Sector Focus, Transport
April 20, 2023

Carmakers to fund decarbonisation with sustainable debt, says Moody’s

After a drop in issuance last year, the green bond market could receive a boost in 2023 as carmakers seek to fund their net zero...
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Solar energy panels and wind turbine
Finance, Financials
April 20, 2023

Downgrades expected as MSCI amends methodology for ESG fund ratings

The ratings provider is implementing a new approach to swap-based exchange traded funds to give ‘more accurate assessments' of ESG factors to investors. MSCI’s changes...
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Installing solar panels domestic
Energy, Sector Focus
April 20, 2023

Battery company WeCo cashes in on solar boom

Italian battery manufacturer WeCo, which has emerged as one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies, is looking to scale up its operations beyond the domestic market. While Europe’s governments harbour dreams of...
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Fossil gas flaring
Energy, EU, Policy & Regulation, Sector Focus
April 19, 2023

EU hit with lawsuits over nuclear and gas taxonomy inclusion

Environmental organisations are challenging the inclusion of nuclear and fossil gas energy sources in the EU taxonomy, claiming that it ‘jeopardises the credibility’ of the rules. The European Commission has...
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Energy, Policy & Regulation, Sector Focus, UK
April 18, 2023

UK government consults on considering ‘non-price factors' in CfD auctions

Under the proposal, applicants to the UK’s contracts for difference scheme could incorporate other elements, such as supply chain sustainability, in their bids. The UK government has published a call...
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Financials, Sector Focus
April 5, 2023

Goldman Sachs AM: insurers could raise premiums and exit business lines due to climate change

Research by Goldman Sachs Asset Management has found challenges in insuring certain business lines exposed to extreme weather events, with experts pointing to property and casualty as the areas most...
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Nike shoes
Retail & Consumer, Sector Focus
April 4, 2023

Nike hit by human rights shareholder resolution

Investment activist Tulipshare is urging multinational sportswear group Nike to include specific contract clauses imposing human rights due diligence within its supply chain. US-based sportswear giant Nike should issue “a...
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