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The world’s first free-to-access accredited training platform for sustainable and responsible investing.

The Candriam Academy aims to raise the awareness, education and knowledge of financial intermediaries on the topic of sustainable and responsible investing via an innovative online platform of inspiring and actionable content and materials.

The Candriam Academy is free of charge and open to all (though has been conceived with the needs of intermediaries in mind).

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Inside Out Economics: Are Externalities the Main Event?

The question our sustainability crisis poses is whether our economy is more market failure than market? What says economics, then? The article is an abridged version of an essay, ‘Pigou and the Dropped Stitch of Economics’ available at the Preventable Surprises website. "Is she the chief economist, or who is she? I'm confused… After she...

French President Emmanuel Macron and ESG Investing

French President Emmanuel Macron took office in 2017 at age 39 with promises to bring venture capital and a new tech industry to France. The president, who comes from a banking background, also pushed for ambitious environmental reforms across industries. His economic and trade policies incentives growth in renewable energy, and have...

Bill Gates – Upping the Stakes with Impact Investing

 Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is a pioneer in what’s known as impact investing—private investment that not only has a measurable bottom line, but also a real environmental or social impact.  That goes beyond ESG investing, which generally seeks to do no harm, and into the realm of more activist capitalism that seeds...

Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 4

The fourth UN (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goal focuses on Quality Education. The goal is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” According to the UN, achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most...

An economic case for protecting the planet

We all share one planet -- we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines...

The political tipping point: Why the politics of energy will follow the economics

The political tipping point is coming.  The falling costs of renewables are driving a political tipping point where politicians move from expensive support for renewables to embrace the sector and to tax fossil fuel externalities.  This is a key driver of the Inevitable Policy Response showcased by the UN PRI....

Masamichi Kono, OECD Deputy Secretary-General: A new paradigm shift toward environmentally sustainable finance

The OECD stands ready to support efforts to build political leadership and address outstanding barriers to sustainable finance https://www.responsible-investor.com/home/article/op_ed_masamichi_kono_oecd_deputy_secretary_general_a_new_paradigm_shift_tow/

Enron: Why Corporate Governance Matters

Collapse of Enron; Greater public scrutiny on corporate governance issues  The story of Enron ends with a spectacular crash and massive bankruptcy. Once a Wall Street darling and one of the world’s largest companies, Enron saw their shares tumble from a high of $90.75 to $0.26 in a matter of months. The scale of their perversion of...

NASA Study: Human Influence on Global Droughts Goes Back 100 Years

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2872/nasa-study-human-influence-on-global-droughts-goes-back-100-years/

Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well Being

“Healthcare,” as an investable industry, will not serve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without remembering the overarching aspiration of #3: Good Health and Well Being for All at all Ages. Unfortunately, even in summary descriptions of this goal the focus seems to play into the hands of greedy attacks on illness with...

ESG investing is here to stay

Historically, environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing was about excluding stocks of undesirable companies from portfolios — often because they violated one’s sense of ethics or values. ESG investing has since expanded to include consideration of ESG criteria alongside financial ones. ESG is growing in importance among...

Al Gore – ESG Investment Practices

Since serving for eight years as vice president of the United States under President Bill Clinton, Al Gore has become one of the world’s most prominent figures in the fight against climate change. Today, Gore’s work against climate change includes significant ESG investment—most notably in his founding of Generation Investment...

Hugh Wheelan: What I did on my holidays, tipping points and other tales

I took a long winter break in Chile, trekking, kayaking and drinking Pisco Sours in a number of the wondrous national parks in Northern Patagonia bought secretly in the 1990s by Doug Tompkins, the US eco-philanthropist (founder of The North Face), and then handed over to the Chilean people with long-term, ecological protection embedded...

ESG Country Snapshot: Norway – Ethics, engagement and the energy transition

The new TV comedy Oljefondet (‘The Oil Fund’), set in the offices of Norway’s $1trn sovereign wealth fund Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), plays upon a rivalry between its slick chief investment officer Pep Grepp and its cardigan-clad, ‘do-gooder’ ethics committee. One scene in the show sees the ethics committee tell a company CEO...

ESG Country Snapshot: Mexico – it’s greener south of the ‘wall’

‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’ -– Robert Frost If good fences make good neighbours, as Robert Frost’s verse has it, what about a 2,000-mile wall? As the US government went into shutdown in January over funding for President Trump’s infamous border wall with Mexico, more fruitful things were taking place on the southern...

Ireland country snapshot: The Emerald Isle goes green

Of all the countries in the world, Ireland is the one most associated with the colour green: it’s the Emerald Isle after all. But although it could be accused of having been a laggard in terms of sustainable finance in the past, it is doing its upmost to get up to speed and, if possible, get to the head of the pack. If there is a race...

2018 fourth warmest year in continued warming trend, according to NASA, NOAA

Earth's global surface temperature in 2018 was the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.83 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s...

You may accidentally be investing in cigarette companies

Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year -- and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco industry and the entire global finance sector, which invests our money in cigarette companies...

Faith-based Impact Investing and the Catholic Church

Traditionally, many Catholic organizations engage in socially responsible investing (SRI) by utilizing negative screening to prohibit portfolio managers from investing in sin stocks or fossil fuels.Impact investing, on the other hand, takes a positive and proactive approach. Rather than saying “I don’t want to invest in companies that...

An Overview of the HLEG’s January 2018 Report

After a year of research, an interim report and a public consultation, the 20 members of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance released in January 2018 their final report.It includes policy recommendations to the European Union (EU) Commission to inform its Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, which aims at...

Leonardo DiCaprio

 Leonardo DiCaprio is the actor and philanthropist who uses his considerable fame and fortune topromote ESG investment practices around the globe. The star and his foundation havecontributed $30 million toward efforts to stem climate change. DiCaprio believes that makingimmediate and sustainable changes to our consumption of fossil...

What is the European Commission’s HLEG?

The sustainability context in the European UnionMany social, environmental and societal challenges face the European Union today. Acknowledging them, the European Union committed to several international initiatives, among them the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015 (COP21) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)....

Eurosif 2018 SRI Study is out!

The time has come. The 8th edition of Eurosif Market Study is finally here. Our biennial Study reveals sustained growth for most sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) strategies. The past two years show clear signs of SRI becoming integral to European fund management with managers better articulating their investment strategies....