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      “ESG Screen” Grows in Importance for Private equity investments

      2021-07

      Private Equity Wire: The majority (62 per cent) of GPs have declined to invest in a company due to ESG or ethical considerations in 2021, according to Investec’s annual GP Trends survey. Last year, this figure stood at 55 per cent, showing the continued and growing importance of ESG to GPs.

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      Nuveen Launches ESG Impact Bond Fund

      2021-07-22

      Money Management: The firm said the strategy followed the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment process established in 2007 by Stephen Liberatore, Nuveen head of ESG/impact – global fixed income.

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      Carlyle Launches Green Energy Infrastructure Unit

      2021-07-21

      Private Equity News: Private-equity giant Carlyle is launching a company to develop renewable-power-generation and storage projects in a push to reorient its energy business toward sustainable investments.

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      Climate Friendly Cooling Tech Firm Gets $50 Million from Goldman Sachs

      2021-07-21

      Reuters: Chemicals used in air conditioning, freezers and refrigeration have long hurt the environment by destroying the ozone layer and polluting water sources, but technology is starting to change the way we keep cool.

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      Real Assets Boutique Hires ISS Expert to Lead ESG Efforts

      2021-07-21

      Citywire Selector: Real assets investment house KGAL Group has hired Susanna Marttila as its new ESG officer, as part of the German group’s plans to accelerate a push into more sustainable investing.

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      Hedge Fund Giant Bridgewater Makes Sustainability Splash with New Multi-asset Strategy

      2021-07-20

      Hedge Week: The Lyxor/Bridgewater All Weather Sustainability Fund – which is managed by Lyxor Asset Management and sub-advised by Bridgewater – is built around Bridgewater’s pioneering systematic research process, and will use the hedge fund giant’s “All Weather” asset allocation framework to engineer its portfolio.

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      BlackRock Cites Corporate Governance 'Concerns' for Voting Against 10% of Directors' Elections

      2021-07-20

      Investment Week: The latest BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) report for the 2020-21 proxy voting year revealed that BIS voted on more than 64,000 director elections, voting against 10% for "falling short of our expectations".

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      NAPA Launches ESG(k) Certificate Program for Advisors

      2021-07-14

      NAPA: Amid growing interest in Environmental, Social and Governance investing among plan sponsors and participants, the National Association of Plan Advisors has launched a new certificate program designed to help advisors educate them and evaluate ESG alternatives.

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      Capstone Survey Highlights Growing ESG Conviction Among Private Equity LPs Worldwide

      2021-07-15

      Private Equity Wire: According to a new survey of 140 global LPs conducted by leading independent global placement agent Capstone Partners (Capstone), European investors continue to lead the way on ESG, demonstrating clear objectives and focus when investing in the private markets.

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      ESG in a Time of Crisis: Why ESG Scores Cannot Mitigate Risk

      2021-07-15

      Investment Week: When the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world in 2020, investors quickly grasped the gravity of the situation and a sense began to emerge that it was perhaps a moment when firms with strong environment, social and governance (ESG) would be less negatively affected than others.

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