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      Asia Is Increasing Its ESG Asset Appetite

      2021-04-19

      Yahoo Finance: JPMorgan’s head of environmental, social, and governance research Elaine Wu pointed out that sustainability funds doubled in 2020, and the market segment could double again in Asia, CNBC reports.

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      Japan Forges Its Own ESG Approach

      2021-04-01 

      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.] 

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      Investors Press Companies on Human Rights in Xinjiang

      2021-03-30 

      ReutersA 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. 

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      What Are the Interesting Developments on ESG Disclosure Standards in Asia?

      2021-03-15 

      The Asset: Increased efforts to bring sustainable disclosure standards together. 

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      Women Leaders Still Under-Represented in Asian Finance

      2021-03-08 

      The Asset: Four pointers to speed trend towards gender equality on International Women’s Day.

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      Swiss Watchdog Accepts Human Rights Complaint Against UBS Over Uyghur Camp Contractor Ties

      2021-02-01 

      Responsible Investor: Complaint centres on UBS’ exposure to surveillance firm Hikvision. [Full article available to Responsible Investor subscribers.] 

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      Malaysia’s Top Pension Fund sees ESG as ‘Vaccine for Any Crises’

      2021-01-26 

      Yahoo! Finance: Malaysia’s largest pension fund aims to make all its investments based on environmental, social and governance practices by 2030, betting a strategy based on holding sustainable assets can make it more resilient against future market upheavals.

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      Quantifying Climate Change Risks a Big Challenge for Asian Insurers

      2021-01-20 

      The Asset: Top industry executives cite lack of relevant data, difficulty of translating carbon metrics into financial impact. 

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      After 1,700% Asset Growth, China Poised to Lead ESG Push in Asia

      2021-01-18 

      BNN BloombergChina is set to post the fastest growth in Asia for environmental, social and government investments after the country boosted exchange-traded fund assets 18-fold in the past two years, according to estimates from Bloomberg Intelligence. 

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      BlackRock Raps Board of World's Biggest Glove Maker Over Worker Safety

      2021-01-07 

      ReutersThe board of directors of Malaysian firm Top Glove Corp, the world’s largest maker of medical grade gloves, has failed egregiously in protecting its workers from COVID-19, U.S. investor BlackRock said, calling for its removal. 

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