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Pension fund divests 35 oil firms for Paris pact failures

Following an investigation into a large number of oil and gas companies, Danish pension fund PKA has decided to cease investing in 35 of oil firms. The businesses have not done what is needed to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change, it explains.

Climate advocate's proposal voted down at insurance AGM

One of Topdanmark's shareholders put forward a proposal that the company institute the climate recommendations of the G20 nations' financial task force -- which aim to prevent another financial crisis. But the Danish insurer's Annual General Meeting voted against the idea.

Dansif eases knowledge sharing through analysts' association merger

AMWatch asks the chairmen of Dansif and Finansforeningen (the CFA Society Denmark) to find out what the organisations have really gained by their link up, which brings ESG professionals into a network of portfolio managers, equity analysts and other traditional investment professionals.

Sydbank culls 18 percent of EM universe and beats regular benchmark

Applying ESG filters to sovereign bonds is no easy task. Doing the same thing in emerging markets is even more difficult -- with the regions more vulnerable to ESG issues and local institutions typically less developed. Still, the EMD team at Denmark's Sydbank has taken on the challenge.

NGO: Why shipping investors must get involved in climate issues

With billions of US dollars lent to the shipping sector, financial institutions play a central role in the work to lower the industry's CO2 emissions. "We're in the middle of a paradigm shift," says James Mitchell, Maritime Finance Lead at the NGO Carbon War Room, in an interview with ShippingWatch.

Carmignac portfolio managers free to stamp own ethical values on funds

Since founding the asset management firm, Edouard Carmignac has kept a strong sense of ethics at Carmignac -- and the company's culture even allows individual portfolio managers to use their personal ethical codes to guide investment. Today, the company publishes UNPRI ratings and carbon emissions data for several funds.

BMO GAM: Impact investing may be mere marketing ploy for some

More and more products carrying the label "impact" are popping up in the asset management landscape. But a look under the hood reveals some are simply hurriedly relabeled products without much social or environmental impact. Meet Director Yo Takatsuki from BMO Global Asset Managers, who raises a warning flag on relabeled funds and "impact washing".

Nordic pensions ESG network adds Novartis to case list

Four Nordic pension funds with a collective EUR 226 billion asset base have linked up to tackle companies jointly on ESG issues. Having just resolved one case, the collaboration has now added three more to its list of companies in focus.

Finnish charity giant sharpens ESG focus

With EUR 1.7 billion under management, Finland's Society of Swedish Literature is one of the country's largest charitable institutions. ESG is an increasingly key issue for the society, CEO of Society of Swedish Literature Dag Wallgren tells AMWatch.

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