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Tackling good and bad practices relating to the stewardship of long-term endowments

As an increasing number of charities seek to invest more responsibly and address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues within their endowment portfolios, it seems right to ask if they are getting what they want from the asset management industry. What are the good and bad practices when it comes to the ‘stewardship’ of client assets? How can a charity identify ‘greenwashing’ (a term coined by environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1986 to describe misleading corporate environmental claims)? Asset managers have to step up their reporting of ESG issues, particularly around climate change, and clients need to hold their asset managers firmly to account.
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Vivek Tanneeru’s Green Streak: A Personal Conversation with Matthews Asia ESG Portfolio Manager

What's new in Asia on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) front? What are you excited about? Finding ESG data has been one of the big challenges in Asia but increasingly stock exchanges, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, have either rolled out or are rolling out initiatives that require companies to disclose—or explain in the case of non-disclosure—ESG metrics as part of their listing requirements. Historically, Asia's stock exchanges have had a weak record of ESG disclosures. But these new reforms seem to be boosting investor confidence in the region. Corporate Stewardship codes are being introduced in markets like Japan, and that is providing further impetus for asset owners to seek not only better disclosures but also better compliance from the investee companies. This is a further driver for improved disclosure and compliance from Asian companies.
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Fostering Equity and Justice for Communities through Impact Investing

Born out of the civil rights movement, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) invest in transformative change for communities every day. For individuals and families in communities across the country that have seen little investment—and often structural disinvestment—equity requires that they have the same chance as everyone, the chance to access critical resources and create communities of opportunity.
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Going Fossil Fuel Free with Green Century

There’s investing responsibly, and there’s investing with Green Century. Green Century was a pioneer in environmentally-responsible investing – and remains a standard-bearer. We were founded in 1991 by a consortium of environmental and public health nonprofit organizations, so that people who cared about the environment could invest with their values. Nearly thirty years later, this remains our mission. We help investors make an environmental impact by:
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