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February News Highlights

This month includes news from Bermuda Exchange, Peru Exchange, London Metals Exchange (HKEX), new products and new regulation and more. Monthly news highlights are compiled by the SSE to give an overview of the capital markets sustainability news from that month.
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EVENT: Ring the Bell for Gender Equality

March, 2018 | Worldwide

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2018), the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative is pleased to announce that more than 50 stock exchanges will host a bell ringing ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5.

EVENT: UN SSE 2018 Global Dialogue

October 23, 2018 | Geneva, Switzerland

The SSE flagship Global Dialogue is a unique global gathering designed to bring together market leaders to analyze, promote and foster communication on stock exchanges’ sustainability initiatives. Attracting speakers and audience members from around the world, the SSE Global Dialogue has become the main global platform for convening dialogue on sustainable capital markets. The 2018 Global Dialogue will take place as part of the UNCTAD World Investment Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.


Launch of the Global Green Finance Index

March 14, 2018 | Brussels

The GGFI will rank the world’s financial centers according to the depth and quality of their green finance offerings.

Climate Bonds Annual Conference

March 19-21, 2018 | London

International market actors, leaders, policymakers will gather to discuss and debate how to scale the global green bond market from billions to trillions. View the full agenda here.

Getting to grips with climate risk: What do the G20’s TCFD recommendations mean for company reporting in the UK?

March 20, 2018  |  London

This workshop will provide an overview of how UK companies can report on climate-related risks and opportunities using the TCFD recommendations, with some practical suggestions for integrating climate and financial information into your annual report.

Ceres Conference

April 24-26, 2018 | Boston, MA

Join more than 600 influential investors, company executives and capital market leaders to hear the business case for sustainability and learn how to build leadership and drive change within your firm or organization. At Ceres Conference 2018, you will hear from a wide-range of forward thinking investors, C-Suite company executives and capital market leaders on the most up-to-date sustainability trends, the biggest challenges and innovative breakthroughs on issues related to corporate board governance, clean energy investing, Sustainable Development Goals, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosure, sustainable agriculture and food, and more.

5th International Reporting 3.0 Conference

June 12-13, 2018 | Amsterdam

This year’s Reporting 3.0 Conference will feature final findings from all four Reporting 3.0 Blueprints and will profile pilot projects of companies and others implementingBlueprint Recommendations under the Beta Testing Program. It will also feature the formal launch of the Global Thresholds & Allocations Council, a body of respected experts to vet and validate thresholds for the carrying capacities of the multiple capitals and methodologies for companies to set fair share allocations for access to those capital resources.

PRI in Person 2018

September 12-14, 2018 | San Francisco, USA

PRI in Person is the leading global conference on responsible investment, offering a platform for PRI signatories and other investment professionals to learn, network and collaborate in person over a three day period. The annual event allows attendees to discuss topical issues and share experiences from their own organisation and region with peers from around the world.

UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018

October 22-25, 2018 | Geneva, Switzerland

Established in 2008, the UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF) is the pre-eminent global forum for investment policy-making. It is a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on investment in sustainable development and strives to achieve actionable outcomes for the world’s investment related challenges. Pre-registration is now open here.


World Benchmarking Alliance consultation

February-April 2018

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) founding partners have launched a series of global and regional consultations, as well as an online consultation, aimed at gathering inputs and insights on the WBA’s objectives and governance structure, in addition to identifying and prioritizing critical intersections between industries and the SDGs. Upcoming in-person roundtables will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Cape Town, Nairobi, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, and Washington, DC from February through April 2018. There is also an ongoing open online consultation.

Corporate Governance Council launches public consultation in Singapore to strengthen corporate governance

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Corporate Governance Council of Singapore has released a consultation paper on its recommendations to revise the Code of Corporate Governance. The recommendations aim to support sustained corporate performance and innovation and strengthen investor confidence in Singapore’s capital markets.

PRI Call for Papers

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Aligning with key themes at PRI in Person, the PRI invites submissions of papers that focus on the following topics: working to achieve a sustainable financial system, the role of responsible investment in meeting today’s investment challenges, ESG integration, ESG engagement. The PRI encourages both theoretical and empirical contributions from diverse business, finance, and social science disciplines. Selected papers and the PRI Award for Outstanding Research, for the best qualitative, quantitative and student papers, will be presented at the Academic Network Conference.

British Columbia Securities Commission consultation on disclosure requirements for women on boards and executive roles

Deadline: April 10, 2018

The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) is seeking input on gender diversity disclosure requirements in National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (NI 58-101). NI 58-101 requires non-venture issuers to provide annual disclosure regarding certain gender diversity related matters, including policies regarding the representation and number of women on the board and in executive officer positions.


Generali to divest €2bn from coal and increase green investments by €3.5bn

February 26, 2018

Italian insurance company Generali Group has announced that it will not only divest €2 billion worth of coal investments but will increase its green investments by €3.5 billion by 2020.

Peru to present green bond guidelines in March 2018

February 16, 2018

Peru will present guidelines for the issuance of green bonds in March, which will give companies access to financing for sustainable projects. Peru will become the second country in the region after Mexico to have guidelines for the issuance of green bonds.The United Kingdom is providing their support in these efforts and on 1 March the British Ambassador Anwar Choudhury and the President of the Lima Stock Exchange (BVL) rang the trading bell in order to promote investment in Green Bonds.

London Metal Exchange aims to ban metal sources with child labor

February 13, 2018

The London Metal Exchange, a Hong Kong Exchange Company, could remove companies from its list of approved metal suppliers if they fall short of industry standards following an outcry about cobalt mined by children in Africa.

BSX supports ‘Just Good Business’ campaign

February 12, 2018

The Bermuda Stock Exchange is supporting Bermuda’s “Just Good Business” campaign. The campaign highlights efforts by the Bermuda Government, authorities and Bermudan-based international and local businesses to ensure the island meets the highest standards for anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing.

China mandates ESG disclosures for listed companies and bond issuers

February 6, 2018

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, has introduced new requirements that, by 2020, will mandate all listed companies and bond issuers to disclose ESG risks associated with their operations.

Yahoo Finance expands offerings of free sustainability scores

February 1, 2018

Current research shows that investors – particularly women and millennials – increasingly seek impact with their investments and believe they can achieve competitive returns with companies that reflect their values. Investors will be able to track the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) scores of more than 2,000 publicly traded companies as of 1 February on Yahoo Finance.


Hong Kong outlines grant for first-time corporate bond issuers and plans for green bonds in budget

March 1, 2018

The Hong Kong Government announced a HK$2.5mn pilot bond grant scheme to develop market, as well as green bond issuance program of up to HK$100bn.

UBP launches of new emerging markets fixed income fund focused on ESG

February 28, 2018

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has launched a new emerging market fixed income product, the UBAM – EM Sustainable High Grade Corporate Bond. The new fund combines UBP’s in-house ESG analysis with MSCI ESG Research and is comprised of approximately 50 issuers from some 20 countries.

Belgium joins the ranks of green bond issuing countries

February 26, 2018

Belgium has become the third European country to issue a green bond. The $4.5bn, 15-year bond is the second-largest sovereign green bond to come to the market to date and follows Indonesia’s $1.25bn debut green bond offering last week.

Indonesia issues green bond

February 23, 2018

The proceeds of the five-year, dollar-denominated sukuk bond must be used for environmentally-friendly projects and has been structured to comply with Islamic law.

ANZ prices first sustainable development bond

February 19, 2018

ANZ priced its first Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) bond in the European wholesale debt capital markets raising €750mn to fund loans and expenditures that directly promote nine of the UN’s 17 SDGs. The proceeds are intended to support projects offering broad social, economic and environmental benefits, including funding for hospitals, schools, green buildings, clean water, public transport system or renewable power plants. Application is expected to be made by ANZ for the bonds to be listed on ASX as an ASX wholesale dept listing on or about the issue date.

AP2 creates ESG-led multifactor equity indices for €10bn portfolio

February 12, 2018

AP2, one of Sweden’s national pensions funds, created a pair of multifactor indices to guide its internally-managed global equities investment to improve returns and address ESG issues. These indices include all the factors AP2 seeks exposure to as well as ESG factors and will replace the six indices the fund currently uses for this part of its portfolio.

AGF announces launch of AGFiQ enhanced global ESG factors ETF and AGFiQ enhanced global infrastructure ETF

February 12, 2018

AGF Investments Inc. announced the launch of two new ETFs. The AGFiQ Enhanced Global ESG Factors ETF and the AGFiQ Enhanced Global Infrastructure ETF. “Our new ETFs […provide] investors with differentiated access to two growing segments of the market often reserved for the largest institutions– ESG and Infrastructure – to build their global equity portfolios,” said Kevin McCreadie, President and Chief Investment Officer, AGF Investments Inc.

VanEck launches international equities ETF

February 11, 2018

VanEck announced the launch of its new Vectors MSCI International Sustainable Equity Exchanged Traded Fund (RTF) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) which would provide investors with exposure to a portfolio of sustainable, international companies.

Dutch pension scheme backs BlackRock ESG launch with €50m

February 8, 2018

BlackRock launched an ESG focused version of a semi-active European equity fund, at the request of the Dutch pension fund SCA. The fund excludes companies that do not comply with the 10 UN Global Compact Principles.

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