“Global Markets Support Gender Equality: 65 Stock Exchanges Ring their Bells to Raise Awareness on Gender Equality” – UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative – March 9, 2018

On March 9, 2018 the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) issued a press release reporting that “(f)or the fourth year running, a global coalition of stock exchanges committed to “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2018).  The partnership between the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, IFC, UN Global Compact, UN Women, the World Federation of Exchanges and Women in ETFs aims to raise awareness about the business case for women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development. Each year new stock exchanges join this coalition, now on its fourth year and adding 20 new participating exchanges this year.”

You may read the press release on the SSE website.

“Environmental, Social and Governance Factors in Global Macro Investing” – Franklin Templeton Investments – March 7, 2018

In March 2018 Franklin Templeton Investments published a report entitled, “Environmental, Social and Governance Factors in Global Macro Investing.”

The introduction reads as follows:  “Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are being recognized in fixed income investing as value-added indicators of potential economic performance. In this edition of Global Macro Shifts, Templeton Global Macro outlines how it integrates ESG factors into its research process. The team has developed a proprietary ESG scoring system called the Templeton Global Macro ESG Index (TGM-ESGI), to assess current and projected ESG conditions in various countries, and to facilitate macroeconomic country comparisons around the world.”

You may read the report on the Franklin Templeton Investments internet site.