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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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A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION: IMPACTS ON EUROPEAN POWER PRODUCERS

European power generation companies are critical actors for the Just Transition to renewable energy. Candriam ESG analysts have surveyed and evaluated whether, and how, these companies are integrating the social consequences into their planning and decisions. Can we be comfortable that “no one is left behind”? The European Union has...

Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality

The fifth UN (United Nations) Sustainable Development goal is Gender Equality. The goal is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Women and girls represent half of the world’s popu­lation and therefore also half of its potential. But, today gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress....

No Surprise: Sustainability Funds Outperform the Market – Despite COVID-19

The megatrend of 2019 was sustainability. Led by climate activist Greta Thunberg, youth across the world demanded politicians and business owners engage in immediate action on climate and sustainability. Investors followed in droves: According to research by Morningstar, estimated net flows into open-end and exchange-traded sustainable...

System Change Investing has the potential to be the highest impact SRI

If an asset manager were contemplating the ideal fund in the Sustainable/Responsible Investing (SRI) area, they probably would have at least three requirements: outstanding financial performance, highest possible sustainability benefits and market leadership positioning. System Change Investing (SCI) funds can provide these benefits....

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....

THE IMPACT OF ESG INVESTING IN EMERGING MARKET EQUITIES

Lower governance standards, increased risk of corruption, looser reporting standards –can applying Environmental, Social, and Governance factors benefit investors in Emerging Markets Equities? Based on a decade of actual historical data for our particular ESG framework, we  can analyse the risk/return profile of the Candriam ESG...

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...

REDUCING PORTFOLIO CARBON: EXCLUSION VS OPTIMISATION

Given that the energy, materials and utilities sectors are responsible for most of the CO2 emissions attributable to quoted companies, why not simply exclude these sectors from the investment portfolio? Excluding these sectors from the portfolio would omit around 11% of the MSCI© US and 14% of the MSCI© World, based on February, 2019...

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...

HOW RENEWABLES AND FOSSILS ARE INTERTWINED

The portfolio interaction between a company’s carbon footprint and investment in renewables can be complex. Many enterprises with a high carbon footprint are also important actors in renewable energy. Faced with pressures from investors, regulators, governments, and/or customers to reduce their carbon footprint, they can either divest...

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...

THE HIDDEN COSTS OF SUGAR

As responsible investors, Candriam assesses the positioning of investee companies across several categories of factors, health and wellness among them. Unhealthy-diet-related medical issues have been debated for many years, while the impact on healthcare systems and its costs to society are also well known. Food and beverage companies...

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...