• Japan's GPIF reports improved ESG ratings for its equity portfolio

    29 October 2018

    Japan's giant Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) said the companies in which it invests showed an improvement in their evaluations for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance in the 12 months to March 2018.

  • $2.3trn of Asian investors join Climate Action 100+

    23 October 2018

    Asian investors with a combined $2.3 trillion in assets have signed up to engagement initiative Climate Action 100+.

  • GPIF adopts S&P carbon efficient indexes for ESG strategy

    25 September 2018

    Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has selected two new indexes from S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) as benchmarks for JPY1.2 trillion ($10 billion) of equity investments managed according to environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

  • Pimco issues call for greater supply of SDG bonds

    19 June 2018

    Pimco would like to see more bond issuers replicate HSBC’s $1 billion UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-aligned bond, a portfolio manager at the company has said.

  • Green bond Comment, June: A win-win product?

    06 June 2018

    Green bond enthusiasts received a sharp 'reality check' last month, when they heard that Hiro Mizuno, chief investment officer of the world's largest pension fund, regards them as a "lose-lose product".

  • GPIF to triple ESG index allocation to $30bn

    30 May 2018

    The world’s largest pension fund plans to triple its allocation to three environmental, social and governance (ESG) indexes, according to the company’s chief investment officer.

  • World’s largest pension fund prepares first ESG report

    08 May 2018

    The world’s largest pension fund plans to publish its first ever report on the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors on its investments, Environmental Finance has learned.

  • Fixed income investors need more ESG products, says Japan's GPIF

    20 April 2018

    Institutional investors are being constrained because of a lack of environmental, social and governance (ESG)-focused products for fixed income investors, a report co-published by the GPIF has claimed.

  • Major investors demand more action from ESG index providers

    12 December 2017

    Equity index providers were urged by two of the world's largest investment organisations to develop more 'useable' indexes based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

  • ESG indexes: in the sweet spot

    20 September 2017

    Billions have flowed into funds tracking ESG indexes or low-carbon indexes in recent months. What are the innovations that will drive further growth, asks Peter Cripps