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The Top 10 ESG White Papers from Q2 2017

Insights on portfolio integration and institutional investor trends

The momentum in favour of ESG investing has been building for some years, but in the last six months we've noticed an acceleration of interest.

Below, our Research Team has curated a list of the top 10 ESG white papers published on the Savvy Investor platform in the last three months.

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ESG Investing and Portfolio Integration (William Blair, June 2017)
Interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors is expanding at a rapid pace among institutional and retail investors around the world. This paper provides a helpful overview of the sustainable investment landscape.

ESG: Coming into the Mainstream (Aberdeen AM, June 2017)
ESG and related types of investing are slowly but surely coming into the mainstream. This paper by Aberdeen AM discusses, among other things, recent approaches to integrating qualitative ESG considerations into investment analysis.

Sustainable Finance Report (Deutsche AM, June 2017)
This 71-page paper by Deutsche Asset Management examines how activity in sustainable investing is gathering momentum. It looks into key trends such as asset owner demands, fiduciary duty, regulatory requirements, and climate change.

ESG Institutional Investor Survey: Performing for the Future (SSGA, 2017)
The adoption of ESG principles is picking up steam and moving into the mainstream. This paper examines the challenges that inhibit greater adoption of ESG principles in the investment process.

Up in the air on carbon: How investors can leverage carbon data (UBS AM, 2017)
This paper by UBS Asset Management examines how the fund management industry can leverage its carbon data into making investment decisions.

Seven steps to ESG integration (Robeco, May 2017)
Investors worldwide embrace the idea of sustainability investing, but it is often unclear how sustainable investment funds really are. This paper suggests a 7-step approach to integrating sustainability into investment processes.

2017 ESG Trends to Watch (MSCI, April 2017)
This ESG paper explores the state and outlook for ESG investing. The authors examine key trends, with a specific focus on China and India.

The Carbon Scorecard (S&P Dow Jones Indices, May 2017)
This report by S&P Dow Jones Indices assesses the carbon risks and opportunities of major global equity indices.

Responsible Investment Due Diligence - Questions for Hedge Funds (UN PRI, 2017)
This responsible investment due diligence questionnaire helps identify those hedge funds that have the personnel, knowledge, and structure to incorporate ESG factors in the investment decision-making process.

ESG - Virtue is its Own Reward (Cliff Asness of AQR, May 2017)
In this article, Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management challenges that ESG investing mantra that insists that "doing good" will make the same, or even greater, returns for investors. He says, "Pursuing virtue should hurt expected returns".

Resource & Environment Issues: A guide for pensions actuaries (IFoA, May 2017)
This important guide explains where Resource and Environment (R&E) issues are relevant to pension schemes and the work of pensions actuaries. It has been authored by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

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