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Deciphering the ESG data deluge

Deciphering the ESG data deluge

First an FX trader and later the global head of ESG at Northern Trust, Mamadou-Abou Sarr has first-hand experience of quantitative finance and ESG investing. He believes his new investment firm holds the answer to bringing both approaches together

Aligning finance with purpose

Aligning finance with purpose

Companies need to pull every lever they can to help them meet their sustainability objectives: tapping sustainable finance can help align their financing strategy and their investors with their ESG goals. Mark Nicholls reports

Natural Capital Investment 2021: Thematic Briefing Afternoons

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Briefing Afternoon: Biodiversity


20 May 2021, 13:30 – 16:45 BST

Discuss how biodiversity loss may affect companies' risk-reward profiles is one of the hot topics of the year and is only set to intensify.

Briefing Afternoon: Oceans and the blue economy

Oceans and the blue economy

8 June 2021, 13:30 – 17:15 BST

To coincide with the UN World Oceans Day, this briefing afternoon will review one of the most exciting areas of development for natural capital investment.

Upcoming webinars – free to attend

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The Just Transition and impact: lessons learned from Covid-19

The Just Transition and impact: lessons learned from Covid-19

Wednesday 23 June - 3pm BST/10am ET

This free webinar will consider how the transition to a low carbon economy can minimise negative impacts to people and jobs, as well as considering the effect the Covid-19 has had on just transition impact themes.

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Top 15 largest sectors issuing in 2021 so far

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Breakdown of the top 15* largest issuing sectors of green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds in 2021 as of 7 May 2021. So far this year the financial sector has been dominant, with nearly 45% of financial issuances being green bonds. National governments, which have issued less than a third of financials are the second largest sector of 2021, whereas local governments/municipalities are the third largest, issuing just over a third of the value of National Governments. Green bonds have made up a much larger of National government issuance than local governments this year, at 77.5% versus just over 44% for local governments.

*Top 15 excluding sectors that fall into the "other" category


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Natural Capital

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Tackling the plastic problem

Opportunities to invest in companies that provide solutions to the plastic problem are growing, say Lucy Mortimer and Justin Guest

Greening sovereign debt

Risk pricing in sovereign debt markets needs to better reflect the impact of natural capital on nations' productivity and resilience, argues Simon Zadek


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