Weekly ESG News: Financial Services and Insurance Industry
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Products and Service
London Stock Exchange opens voluntary carbon market
The Voluntary Carbon Market is designed to support corporates who seek to offset their residual or unavoidable emissions on their net-zero journey and provide exposure for investors to an asset class, with a long-term supply of carbon credits. Read more here.
HSBC Asset Management launches USD ESG money market fund
HSBC Asset Management announced the launch of a new ESG money market fund. This follows the successful launch of the HSBC Sterling ESG Fund. The new fund will invest in a portfolio of issuers that have an A1, P1 or F1 rating, or long-term equivalent. Furthermore, HSBC AM identifies investments which are demonstrably better at addressing ESG risks than other issuers in the investable universe. Read more here.
BBVA raises to €300 billion its target of sustainable financing
BBVA Chair Carlos Torres Vila announced that the bank will increase its sustainable finance target by 50 percent. On February 28, 2018, BBVA announced its first sustainable financial target of €100 billion. In July 2021, the bank doubled this target to €200 billion. As of June 30, 2022, the bank had reached €112 billion at a pace that has pushed the bank to raise once again the goal, to €300 billion, three times its initial commitment. Read more here.
Lightrock closes Climate Impact Fund at €860 million
With a target size of €600 million, the inaugural Lightrock Climate Impact Fund was significantly oversubscribed and closed on €860 million after raising its initial hard cap. The Fund will make initial investments of €10-40 million in growth-stage companies driving net-zero innovation in Europe and North America. Read more here.
Circulus Announces $300 Million Structured Solution from Apollo Infrastructure
Circulus Holdings, a producer of post-consumer resin (PCR) from recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE), and Apollo (NYSE: APO) announced that funds managed by Apollo affiliates (the “Apollo Funds”) have agreed to commit up to $300 million to an innovative structured solution. The investment will take place in the form of a senior, secured loan to support the company’s ongoing development of recycling infrastructure. Circulus is a portfolio company of Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in industrial decarbonization investments. Read more here.
ESG Data and Analytics
Size of the global impact investing market surpassed the $1 trillion mark
According to Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the size of the global impact investing market has now officially surpassed the $1 trillion mark. Main contributors to this positive development were green bonds and corporate impact investing practices. Read more here.
MAS appoints Gillian Tan as new Chief Sustainability Officer
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that Ms. Gillian Tan will be appointed Chief Sustainability Officer from 17 October 2022. The regulator’s current Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr. Darian McBain, will leave MAS in December 2022 to pursue other interests. Read more here.
Radicant appoints Sasha Cisar as new Head of SDG Evangelists and Research
Sasha Cisar previously worked as a sustainability analyst at Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd..
Citi forms green energy transition advisory teams in Australia
Citigroup Inc. is creating dedicated coverage teams to advise Australian companies on the energy transition, as well as other environmental, social and governance issues. “There’s a lot of opportunity even in Australia around ESG, there’s a lot of appetite in Australia and investment going into that,” Citigroup Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Marc Luet told Bloomberg TV.