ESG Matters – February 2018

By Alexander Forbes Investments on Mar 05, 2018 in ESG Matters

Alexander Forbes Investments adopts a Living*Investing framework, which is a risk-led, forward-thinking investment approach aimed at achieving client objectives with a greater degree of certainty. Taking a sustainable investment view by including the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, is one of the key investment beliefs underlying the Living*Investing framework.

The intention of the Alexander Forbes Investments ESG Matters is to provide you, the investor, with recent insights into developments within the responsible investing space, to inform your engagements with asset managers on responsible investing.

Connecting Your Investments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Feb 14, 2018

  • The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established by the United Nations in 2015 to create an interrelated set of targets that nations can manage to achieve sustainability and development objectives that protect the planet and benefit humanity.
  • The 17 SDGs target poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
  • The SDGs have caught the attention of the investors who may wish to connect their investments to specific SDGs. Investing in line with a specific SDG transcends investing in companies with only high ESG scores and it narrows the investment selection to related sectors and specific indicators concerned with that Sustainable Development Goal.
  • The SDGs are a different way for companies and investors to address broad or specific areas of global sustainability and human values. They are also creating a roadmap for sustainability reporting for companies worldwide.

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5 ESG Trends to Watch in 2018

Feb 2018

  • The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established by the United Nations in 2015 to create an interrelated set of targets that nations can manage to achieve sustainability and development objectives that protect the planet and benefit humanity.
  • The 17 SDGs target poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
  • The SDGs have caught the attention of the investors who may wish to connect their investments to specific SDGs. Investing in line with a specific SDG transcends investing in companies with only high ESG scores and it narrows the investment selection to related sectors and specific indicators concerned with that Sustainable Development Goal.
  • The SDGs are a different way for companies and investors to address broad or specific areas of global sustainability and human values. They are also creating a roadmap for sustainability reporting for companies worldwide.

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SA’s corporates must wake up to social and environmental roles

Feb 23, 2018

  • While catastrophic environmental threats with devastating social implications loom, most corporates continue to ignore these expectations.
  • If threats relating to climate change, water scarcity and air pollution are similarly not a priority for the government, there is a real danger that the private sector will continue to ignore them.
  • The mining industry continues to ignore the environmental devastation it often leaves
  • Most big banks still consider funding new privately owned coal-fired power plants despite a global move away from coal and evidence that SA does not need any new coal-fired power stations.
  • While pension funds around the world are divesting from coal, there appear to be no such moves afoot in SA.

How to build an inclusive South Africa

Feb 12, 2018

  • According to the WEF’s Inclusive Development Index, South Africa ranks just 69 out of 103 countries.
  • We need to find ways to embrace and implement strategies that promote an inclusive growth model.
  • These include creating a conducive regulatory environment, promoting better governance in all entities, designing mandates that promote sustainable investing and finding more ways to innovate and implement positive public-private partnerships across more sectors.

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Futuregrowth SOE report gives grisly details of ‘governance degradation’

Feb 28, 2018

  • Futuregrowth, which brought the problems at Eskom, Transnet and other large state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to light in August 2016 by refusing to buy their bonds, releases a detailed criticism of their poor governance.
  • The report titled SOE Governance Unmasked: A Learning Journey summarises the problems Futuregrowth had found at SA’s six-largest SOEs.
  • Futuregrowth believes all responsible investors have a role to play in allocating capital to sustainable enterprises.

Access the full report here.

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Alexander Forbes Investments

Alexander Forbes Investments was established in 1997. We are a forward-thinking and trusted global investment provider, with roots in Africa. In pursuit of certainty we set out to understand our retail and institutional clients’ circumstances and risk tolerance to set clear goals. Our adaptive investment approach, called Living*Investing allows us to maximise opportunity and minimise risk at every stage of the investment cycle.

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