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The Top ESG Papers of 2019

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  • 11 Dec 2019
  • Updated 18 Dec 2019

The Best of 2019 - ESG

The winning and commended papers for all 15 categories at the 2019 Savvy Investor Awards were announced on December 9th.  The first link below will take you straight to our blog for the Best ESG Paper category, where you can view both the winning paper and the other highly commended papers that were recognized.   

Additionally, we've included some great environmental, social, and governance-related papers from the past few weeks, most of which just missed the cutoff for this year's awards.  


ESG 2019


The Best ESG Papers of 2019 (Savvy Investor Awards)

The winner of this year's award for Best ESG Paper was MSCI. For more information about their paper as well as other commended papers recognized in the Savvy Investor Awards click on the link above.


Demystifying Sustainability-Themed Investing (Aegon AM, 2019)

Aegon’s paper presents their view of the shifting investment landscape as it relates to responsible investing (RI) and new, sustainability-themed, fixed income product solutions. They outline significant considerations that can help institutional investors, asset owners and consultants compare sustainability-themed fixed income strategies.

The 21st Century Portfolio*: Investing for the grandchildren (Invesco, 2019)

For compliance reasons, this paper is only accessible in certain geographies

In this report from Invesco, they analyse potential investment returns out to the year 2100 and suggest that four major themes are likely to have a significant influence over the rest of the century: low bond yields, demographics, climate change and technological innovation. They suggest an optimal approach to capitalise upon these themes.

SRI and Islamic Finance: Similarities and Differences (CFA Institute, 2019)

The CFA Institute examines the differences and similarities that exist between SRI investing and the principles underlying Islamic finance, and outline potential areas of overlap that could favour the inclusion of ESG in Islamic finance.

Hiring an Investment Consultant: Making ESG intentions actionable (IEN, 2018)

IEN offers guidance as to how investors should first prepare, and then engage with, investment consultants to ensure that investing intentions and policy objectives are fully understood and realised.

How could climate change impact sovereign risk? (FTSE Russell, 2019)

FTSE Russell introduces the notion of climate risks and how they might translate into sovereign risk, arguing that sovereign bond investors should increasingly consider the material effects of climate change.

The Impact of ESG Investing in Emerging Market Equities (Candriam, 2019)

For compliance reasons, this paper is only accessible in certain geographies

In this recent paper, Candriam investigates how and why ESG criteria matters when investing in EM equities.

How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing (Franklin Templeton, 2019)

For compliance reasons, this paper is only accessible in certain geographies

In Franklin Templeton’s recent study, they investigate the progress of asset owners towards integrating ESG adoption into investment process, now that it has reached the mainstream.

Gender Lens Investing: A primer for college and university endowments (IEN, 2019)

IEN offers their suggestions for introducing and implementing a particular strategy; that of gender lens investing which combines investing for financial return while promoting gender diversity throughout the workplace and providing goods and services that improve the social well-being of women.

ESG Forum: 5 Things to Know (State Street blog, 2019)

State Street host their first ESG forum and present the findings from it.

Climate change: we can’t afford to wait (Lyxor ETF blog, Oct 2019)

For compliance reasons, this paper is only accessible in the UK & Europe

In this guest blog for Lyxor, Manuel Adamini, Head of Investor Engagement at the Climate Bonds Initiative, highlights why ethical investors need to act with urgency to take home the fight against climate change.

Energy transition in the world's fastest growing economies (ClimateScope, 2019)

ClimateScope's comprehensive 2019 report investigates energy transition in the world's fastest growing economies.