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Sustainability Reporting & GRI Focal Point USA: One Year Later
(Tuesday - August 14, 2012)
Source: Hank Boerner, Chairman Governance & Accountability Institute - Focusing on the huge market we usually refer to as "Corporate America," the folks who run nonprofit Global Reporting Initiative [GRI] in Amsterdam organized a concentrated effort to encourage more U.S. companies to adopt the GRI...
If Sustainability Costs You More, You're Doing it Wrong
(Tuesday - August 14, 2012)
Source: Forbes - There is a lot of anecdotal information on what makes a value chain sustainable, but very little data. To change that, we partnered with ASQ, the Institute for Supply Management, and Deloitte, on a multi-year research study to...
ESG / Sustainability
Mind the gap between corporate behaviour and sustainability
(Wednesday - August 15, 2012)
Source: The Guardian.co.uk - Jo Confino raised the lid on a fundamental issue when he questioned whether Barclays had brought corporate responsibility (CR) into disrepute. As he points out, there is a vast gap between the company's behaviour and its...
A Closer Look at Extreme Drought in a Warming Climate
(Tuesday - August 14, 2012)
Source: NY Times - The extraordinarily hot, dry summer in the American heartland has seen higher temperatures, so far, than any single year during the devastating 1930s dry spell described in the Son House tune in the video above [performed by my...
UN chief announces new sustainable development initiative
(Monday - August 13, 2012) Associated Profiles : United Nations - All Programs
Source: Business Mirror - UNITED NATIONS—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the launch of a new independent global network of research centers, universities and technical institutions to help find solutions for some of the world’s most...
Mercer clients to receive ESG ratings in key reports
(Thursday - August 09, 2012) Associated Profiles : Mercer
Source: Mercer - Mercer announced today that its proprietary environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings will be included in client reports related to manager searches and performance. This inclusion reflects Mercer’s view as to the...
Wall Street Cares If Companies Are Sustainable
(Monday - August 13, 2012)
Source: Environmental Leader - As sustainability professionals, a significant part of our job is convincing upper management that embracing sustainability will create value that far exceeds its costs. Some one-off solutions show easy economic paybacks, such as...
Sovereign Wealth Funds
Issuing a yellow card to Manchester United public offering
(Monday - August 13, 2012) Associated Profiles : Qatar Investment Authority
Source: Royal Gazette - Or the Qatar Investment Authority which bought Paris St Germain, loaded it with talent and subsequently finished second in the top French league last season. 2. MANU is taking advantage of the US Jumpstart Our Business Startups...
HKMA: Reviewing New York Regulator's Accusations Against Standard Chartered
(Thursday - August 09, 2012) Associated Profiles : Hong Kong (China) Monetary Authority -- Investment Portfolio
Source: Wall Street Journal - HONG KONG--The ?Hong Kong Monetary Authority said Tuesday it is reviewing accusations by New York's top financial regulator that Standard Chartered PLC's (STAN.LN) U.S.-based subsidiary had concealed $250 billion in illegal...
US Pension Funds
Study: Changing state and local pension benefits 'extremely difficult' but possible
(Tuesday - August 14, 2012) Associated Profiles : California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Source: Sacramento Bee - Many states, including California, may have more legal wiggle room to alter retirement promises for current employees than commonly thought, according to a new survey of state and local pensions by the Center for Retirement...
Public Pensions Question Efficacy of $8 Billion a Year in Fees to Wall Street
(Wednesday - August 08, 2012)
Source: ai CIO - The rumbles of discontent are growing over the way the US public pension system compensates its money managers, according to a new study. Some 50 state pension funds, collectively worth more than $2 trillion, paid $7.8 billion to...
CalSTRS 2012 Proxy Season Successful in Advancing Majority Voting
(Monday - August 06, 2012) Associated Profiles : California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Source: MarketWatch - CalSTRS, the California State Teachers' Retirement System, reports overwhelming success regarding adopting a majority voting standard in director elections with the 95 companies engaged in the 2012 proxy season. Eighty-two of...
When Rates Rise, Will Investors Bail On Bond ETFs'
(Tuesday - August 14, 2012) Associated Profiles : BlackRock Investment Management
Source: ETF Daily News - When you work in the ETF industry you learn to follow the flows. But when I say that, I'm not only referring to the dollar amounts that are going in and out of funds. I'm also referring to the idea that you can gauge investor....
Promises – but what can banks do?
(Monday - August 13, 2012)
Source: Herald Scotland - SINCE the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said two weeks ago that the bank will do "whatever it takes" to save the euro, the markets have been gearing up for more quantitative easing...
Carlyle Group Reports Loss as Fund Values Fall
(Thursday - August 09, 2012) Associated Profiles : The Blackstone Group
Source: 4-traders.com - NEW YORK--Carlyle Group LP (>> Carlyle Group LP) reported a loss for the second quarter as revenue plummeted, dragged down by the performance of its funds. The combined value of funds in which it shares profits declined 2%...
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Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) Group
Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT: 8.8 billion EUR as of December 31, 2011.
ESG/Sustainability Focus: Yes, focus on responsible investments.
Dow Jones & Co for Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Robeco (asset managers; holds 100% stake in SAM), plus a sustainability network that includes UN PRI, Eurosif, ASrIA, and Ceres. KPMG for a global alliance (see below, Methodology/Operations).
OVERVIEW / MISSION
SAM describes itself as "a global investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.” The company states its mission as: "Our mission is to drive sustainability thinking. We use financial markets as the most powerful transmission mechanism to promote sustainable business practices. With our exclusive focus on Sustainability Investing, we provide a unique and broad range of sustainability solutions for investors and corporates."
SAM sees itself as offering a full complement of sustainability programs with sustainability themes like water and energy, a sustainability core for investment that combines sustainability with "traditional financial analysis," and sustainability indexes that it handles in collaboration with Dow Jones Indexes.
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes LAMILUX for its Pioneering Carbon Fibre Composite Product for the Transportation Industry
(Sunday - August 12, 2012) Associated Profiles : SAM Group - Worldnews.com - (districts) are the third communal layer in Bavaria; the others are the and the or . The in Bavaria are territorially identical with the (e.g. ), but are a different form of administration, having their own...
Five themes to watch: top sustainability managers reveal all
(Wednesday - August 08, 2012) Associated Profiles : SAM Group - Citywire.co.uk - Here Sustainable Asset Managements (SAM) Citywire A-rated specialist managers Pieter Busscher and Dieter KÃffer reveal which long-term trends and themes they are backing...
Greenspiration: The Innovative Ways That Companies Are Making Textile Recycling Fun
(Wednesday - August 08, 2012) Associated Profiles : SAM Group - Worldnews.com - Each country of the United Kingdom has its own system of administrative and geographic demarcation, which often has origins that pre-date the formation of the United Kingdom itself. Consequently there is