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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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      Thai Firms Expand in Booming Vietnam Renewables Sector

      2020-12-28 

      The Asset: Driven by its rising power demand, Vietnam has become one of the largest and fastest-growing renewable energy markets in Southeast Asia, and Thai companies are acting swiftly to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the country. 

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      Asia Carbon-Free Plans Boost Outlook for ESG Credit Issuance

      2020-12-22 

      Bloomberg: Asia will need all the help it can get next year from more financing for environmental, social and governance projects, after recently setting some of the world’s most ambitious goals to end carbon emissions. [Full article available to Bloomberg subscribers.] 

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      Asian Asset Owners Seek Enhanced ESG Reporting

      2020-12-16 

      The Asset: As large asset owners in Asia-Pacific markets implement environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes, their expectations of asset managers to go deeper in their ESG implementation practices are also growing, according to a new report. 

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      BlackRock, Storebrand Pressure Indian Bank Over Coal Mining Loan

      2020-12-04 

      BNN BloombergShareholders of India’s largest bank are raising concerns about a proposed loan to Adani Enterprises Ltd. to help fund the opening of the controversial Carmichael coal mine in northern Australia.  

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      Is China Finally Starting to Rise to the ESG Challenge?

      2020-12-03 

      Citywire SelectorGrowing engagement between investors and companies in the A-share market appears to have resulted in improved disclosure, according to a study by Fidelity.

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