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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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      China’s ESG Ratings Tarnish Its Allure for Sustainable Investors

      2020-11-29 

      Financial TimesWorld’s second-largest economy has the worst ESG ratings of any major market. [Full article available to Financial Times subscribers.] 

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      Future of Socially Responsible Investing in SE Asia

      2020-11-11

      Asia Times: As the EU has already done, the ASEAN region can and must set a high bar to attract, retain and deploy ESG investment.

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      Asia’s Biggest Market for ESG Debt Hit By ‘Greenwashing’ Concerns

      2020-08-16

      Financial Times: Asia’s fastest-growing market for debt billed as “socially responsible” has drawn criticism after data showed the vast majority of this funding has been raised for jobs and housing rather than the environment. [Full article available to Financial Times subscribers.]

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      How an AGM Defeat on Climate Signals the Rise of ESG in Japan

      2020-07-23

      Financial Times: In late June, a climate-related proposal set before the annual general shareholders’ meeting of Mizuho Financial Group was soundly rejected after receiving a little over a third of the votes cast. Yet defeats, say sustainability experts, have rarely been so revolutionary. [Full article available to Financial Times subscribers.]

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      Greater Disclosure to Open Doors for China Green Investors

      2020-06-05

      Financial Times: When East Capital invests in a Chinese company, the asset manager runs through a checklist of 60 questions designed to gauge the target’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials.

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      Japan’s All-Male Boards Face Gender Reckoning

      2020-06-02

      Financial Times: The all-male boards of hundreds of Japanese companies face a mass shaming this month as investors prepare to vote against the leadership of companies that do not have any female directors. [Full  article available to Financial Times subscribers]

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