BNN Bloomberg: Kyoya Okazawa, a former Asia executive at BNP Paribas SA, aims to raise $1 billion for a new ESG fund backing Japanese startups in sectors ranging from paint to grass-fed beef.
BNN Bloomberg: The former head of the board of governors at the world’s largest pension fund said he sees signs of a “bubble” in environmental, social and governance investing, and said the Japanese fund needs to consider how much ESG assets contribute to returns.
ICLG: As environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations gain traction globally, a group of Japanese investors have launched its first ESG-focused global venture capital fund.
Financial Post: Asia-Pacific borrowers more than doubled issuance of bonds tied to environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes to a record $69 billion this year, data showed, as they sought to burnish their sustainability credentials and tap red-hot investor demand.
BNN Bloomberg: Executives from Citadel Securities LLC and KKR & Co. are throwing their weight behind a new group that aims to combat anti-Asian hate after a surge in violent attacks.
Private Equity International: The country’s limited partners will continue to favour corporate engagement over exclusionary screening of controversial sectors. [Full article available to Private Equity International subscribers.]
Reuters: A group of religious and socially conscious investors and other funds are ramping up pressure on Western companies over alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, highlighting the challenges for brands trying to maintain their business ties amid rising tensions.
The Asset: Increased efforts to bring sustainable disclosure standards together.
The Asset: Four pointers to speed trend towards gender equality on International Women’s Day.