ESG Quant

Empire Life launches new Multi-Strategy and sustainable global equity fund options

Monday, January 18, 2021 - 5:16pm

The new funds include one global equity and one global balanced fund:

Key Points: 
  • The new funds include one global equity and one global balanced fund:
    Dave Paterson, CFA, portfolio manager of the Empire Life Multi-Strategy GIFs, says the new segregated funds will provide investors with exposure to growth-oriented global securities through a combination of passive, smart beta, and actively managed strategies.
  • "Through passive and active strategies, the Empire Life Multi-Strategy GIFs provide exposure across investment styles, geographies, and industry sectors to increase diversification.
  • A new standalone fund with a sustainable investing focus has also been added to the Empire Life Guaranteed Investment Funds contract.
  • Empire Life Global Sustainable Equity GIFinvests in global stocks that exhibit superior environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics.

Ping An Uses Artificial Intelligence to Drive New ESG Investment Strategies

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 7:16am

The investment strategies detailed in the report, "Applications of Ping An CN-ESG Data and Framework in Quantitative Investment Strategy", use the proprietary CN-ESG database and scoring framework developed by the Ping An Group.

Key Points: 
  • The investment strategies detailed in the report, "Applications of Ping An CN-ESG Data and Framework in Quantitative Investment Strategy", use the proprietary CN-ESG database and scoring framework developed by the Ping An Group.
  • Based on CN-ESG data, PADERC constructed four types of ESG investment strategies that use artificial intelligence (AI) to balance excess investment returns and ESG investment targets:
    1) Ping An AI-ESG Selected 100 Strategy: This positive screening strategy selects companies with the highest ESG scores.
  • The CSI 300 ESG Low Volatility Index reinforces the stability features of ESG investment in both the short and long term.
  • This type of index enhancement strategy based on ESG factors could help drive an increase in the scale of ESG investing.

Ping An Uses Artificial Intelligence to Drive New ESG Investment Strategies

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 7:00am

The investment strategies detailed in the report, "Applications of Ping An CN-ESG Data and Framework in Quantitative Investment Strategy", use the proprietary CN-ESG database and scoring framework developed by the Ping An Group.

Key Points: 
  • The investment strategies detailed in the report, "Applications of Ping An CN-ESG Data and Framework in Quantitative Investment Strategy", use the proprietary CN-ESG database and scoring framework developed by the Ping An Group.
  • Based on CN-ESG data, PADERC constructed four types of ESG investment strategies that use artificial intelligence (AI) to balance excess investment returns and ESG investment targets:
    1) Ping An AI-ESG Selected 100 Strategy: This positive screening strategy selects companies with the highest ESG scores.
  • The CSI 300 ESG Low Volatility Index reinforces the stability features of ESG investment in both the short and long term.
  • This type of index enhancement strategy based on ESG factors could help drive an increase in the scale of ESG investing.

4 in 5 companies planning to change ESG measures in executive pay plans over next 3 years, Willis Towers Watson survey finds

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 2:28pm

With institutional investor interest in ESG and sustainable investing increasing, companies are maintaining or accelerating their focus on ESG initiatives, said Shai Ganu, global head, Executive Compensation, at Willis Towers Watson.

Key Points: 
  • With institutional investor interest in ESG and sustainable investing increasing, companies are maintaining or accelerating their focus on ESG initiatives, said Shai Ganu, global head, Executive Compensation, at Willis Towers Watson.
  • Indeed, nearly four in five respondents (78%) are planning to change how they use ESG with their executive incentive plans over the next three years.
  • More than four in 10 (41%) plan to introduce ESG measures into their long-term incentive plans over the next three years, while 37% plan to introduce ESG measures into their annual incentive plans.
  • Although companies are revising their use of ESG measures to support their executive pay programs, it appears more work needs to be done, said Ryan Resch, managing director, Executive Compensation, Willis Towers Watson.

Acuity Brands Publishes 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 1:15pm

(NYSE: AYI) (Company) has recently published the Companys 2020Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report.

Key Points: 
  • (NYSE: AYI) (Company) has recently published the Companys 2020Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report.
  • Other areas addressed in the report include energy reduction at company facilities, community and associate engagement, diversity and inclusion, and governance.
  • The Acuity Brands ESG report incorporates research on the Companys business sector from both the Global Reporting initiative and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board frameworks and uses peer benchmarking.
  • For more information about the Acuity Brands ESG program, please visit EarthLIGHT program and report .

China Economic Information Service and Ping An Launches ESG Evaluation System for Enterprises and Investors

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 12:43pm

The system is part of a collaboration between Ping An and Xinhua News Agency's China Economic Information Service in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) research to provide enterprises and investors with "product + consulting" solutions to promote sustainable investment and social development in China.

Key Points: 
  • The system is part of a collaboration between Ping An and Xinhua News Agency's China Economic Information Service in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) research to provide enterprises and investors with "product + consulting" solutions to promote sustainable investment and social development in China.
  • The Xinhua CN-ESG Evaluation System will help build an ESG system for enterprises and investors that meets Chinese and international standards, providing smart tools and data support for ESG risk control, model building, and investment portfolio management.
  • China Economic Information Service is one of the largest economic information service organizations in China with the widest range of service and the most comprehensive product categories.
  • It was co-hosted by China Fortune Media Group, China Economic Information Service and Xinhuanet.

China Economic Information Service and Ping An Launches ESG Evaluation System for Enterprises and Investors

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 12:35pm

The system is part of a collaboration between Ping An and Xinhua News Agency's China Economic Information Service in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) research to provide enterprises and investors with "product + consulting" solutions to promote sustainable investment and social development in China.

Key Points: 
  • The system is part of a collaboration between Ping An and Xinhua News Agency's China Economic Information Service in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) research to provide enterprises and investors with "product + consulting" solutions to promote sustainable investment and social development in China.
  • The Xinhua CN-ESG Evaluation System will help build an ESG system for enterprises and investors that meets Chinese and international standards, providing smart tools and data support for ESG risk control, model building, and investment portfolio management.
  • China Economic Information Service is one of the largest economic information service organizations in China with the widest range of service and the most comprehensive product categories.
  • It was co-hosted by China Fortune Media Group, China Economic Information Service and Xinhuanet.

Canada’s actuaries support a standard and open framework for disclosure of ESG risks

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 11:08am

Improved ESG disclosure will help change behaviours.

Key Points: 
  • Improved ESG disclosure will help change behaviours.
  • It will also strengthen investment decision-making as stakeholders will be better able to assess risk exposures.
  • As Canadian businesses and governments work to rebuild the economy, this is the right time to introduce transparency in financial reporting mechanisms and disclosure requirements.
  • Improved disclosure and common standards for financial reporting will allow actuaries to better assess the financial impacts of ESG risks on insurance companies and pension plans.

RepRisk Partners with Apex to Provide ESG Risk Data to Private Markets

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 8:00am

RepRisk, a leading ESG data science firm combining machine learning with human intelligence to identify and assess ESG risks, and Apex Group Ltd. (Apex), a global financial services provider, have entered into a strategic partnership to expand access to material ESG risk data for private markets participants.

Key Points: 
  • RepRisk, a leading ESG data science firm combining machine learning with human intelligence to identify and assess ESG risks, and Apex Group Ltd. (Apex), a global financial services provider, have entered into a strategic partnership to expand access to material ESG risk data for private markets participants.
  • Apexs unique ESG Rating and Advisory Portal now includes RepRisk Analytics Reports and Cases Data on private companies, allowing unrivalled ESG insights to private companies and their investors.
  • Apex, in partnership with RepRisk, seeks to close the gap for a previously underserved market of private companies by delivering a high quality, global, independent ESG tool based on data insights.
  • Andy Pitts-Tucker, Managing Director, Apex ESG Ratings and Advisory adds: Apex ESGs new platform was established to satisfy the demand from private markets for greater transparency through a high quality, global, independent, single-source ESG solution.

Deutsche Börse acquires leading governance, ESG data and analytics provider ISS

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:45pm

This partnership of a global market infrastructure provider with a leading corporate governance, ESG, data and analytics provider forms an excellent foundation to fully realise opportunities for future growth in ESG-based investing globally.

Key Points: 
  • This partnership of a global market infrastructure provider with a leading corporate governance, ESG, data and analytics provider forms an excellent foundation to fully realise opportunities for future growth in ESG-based investing globally.
  • ISS' unique ESG and data expertise will allow Deutsche Brse to emerge as a leading global ESG data player.
  • As a leading ESG-focused provider of high-quality data, analytics and insight, ISS has attractive growth rates.
  • Together, ISS and Deutsche Brse have complementary ingredients to become one of the globally leading ESG players of the future.