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Harvard Refuses to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Harvard University, which has the world’s largest college endowment valued at $32.7 billion, has decided to continue its investment in fossil fuels, despite heavy pressure from environmental activists. The announcement comes after the August hire of Jameela Pedicini as Harvard’s first vice president for sustainable investment, a position created following a student-led … Read more »

Fossil Fuel Divestment ‘Virtually Risk Free’

Fossil Fuel Divestment ‘Virtually Risk Free’

As the campaign for universities and other institutional investors to end investment in fossil fuels gathers pace, a report by financial advisory firm Aperio Group has found that such divestment carries a “statistically irrelevant” amount of risk. In Do The Investment Math: Building a Carbon Free Portfolio, Aperio Group CIO … Read more »

Poor ESG Reporting ‘Top Hurdle’ to Emerging Market Investment

Poor ESG Reporting ‘Top Hurdle’ to Emerging Market Investment

Poor corporate environmental and social governance disclosure remains the number one challenge to investing in emerging markets, according to a survey of global investors by research firm EIRIS. For Evolving markets: what’s driving ESG in emerging economies?, EIRIS received 44 responses from asset managers, asset owners, index providers and other … Read more »