Over 700 US conferences/events and 400 webinars listed in Emerging Markets ESG’s updated database of contacts in the field of SRI – Emerging Markets ESG – October 22, 2018

In October 2018 Emerging Markets ESG noted several thresholds in its socially responsible investment (SRI) contact database.  The conferences/events worksheet of the database now contains 2,533 entries in 105 countries.  Of these:

  • 714 are conferences or events taking place in the US;
  • 409 are webinars;
  • 397 are conferences or events taking place in the UK;
  • 111 are conferences or events taking place in Switzerland; and
  • 97 are conferences or events taking place in Germany.

Since July 1, 2018 Emerging Markets ESG has added 73 new conference/events to the database.  During the first half of 2018, Emerging Markets ESG added 209 new conferences/events to the database.

Geoffrey Mazullo, Principal, Emerging Markets ESG explains, “The number of events continues to increase – from an already high level in 2017 – and the geographical coverage of the events continues to expand.  Today, more events focus on ESG integration in mainstream financial institutions – analyzing themes such as carbon, climate finance, human rights, supply chain management and water as well as norms-based SRI strategies like the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

In January 2019, the 27th edition of the database will be published on the research page of the Emerging markets ESG internet site.  The 26rd edition of the database – published in July 2018 – can be found here.

“More Singapore firms gain from sustainable investing trend” – Nikkei Asian Review – October 5, 2018

On October 5, 2018 Nikkei Asian Review reported that “(a)s demand for socially responsible investments grows, more Singapore companies are taking advantage of loans that link interest payments to improvements across a range of environmental and social measures.

Such deals allow companies to tap a new source of debt financing from investors who prefer to back companies that score highly when benchmarked against various environmental, social and governance, or ESG, targets.”

According to the article, CapitaLand “obtained a five-year, 300-million-Singapore-dollar ($217 million) multi-currency loan from Singapore’s DBS Group Holdings with interest rates that could be lowered if the developer improves its ESG scores.”

The article notes that other companies have also obtained ESG-linked debt:  “City Developments, commodities trader Olam International and palm oil and sugar giant Wilmar International, which has faced numerous allegations in the past of failing to rein in suppliers who violate the environment and communities.”

You may read the article on the Nikkei Asian Review internet site.