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Global collaboration on sustainable investment advances as leadership of sustainable investment organizations meet in London

Posted by Graham Sinclair on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, In : Events 
Sustainable investment membership organizations in major markets today agreed to join forces to create a trailblazing report on the global scope of sustainable and responsible investment. For more than a decade, these regional bodies have produced research reports, generally on a biennial schedule, on the trends in sustainable and responsible investing within their own markets.  The release of this harmonized global “Trends” report, the first ever, is scheduled for December 2012.

“The s...
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Investing for the future: Goldman Sachs Asset Management (“GSAM”) on the importance of environmental, social and governance evaluation

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Friday, March 2, 2012, In : Marketplace 

By Jim O’Neill and Dolores Bamford

Within the investment community, environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) evaluation has shifted from the margin to the mainstream.  Below, Jim O’Neill and Dolores Bamford address economic growth and opportunities in South Africa as well as the integration of ESG evaluation into the investment process.

 

Africa’s Growth Conditions by Jim O’Neill

More and more investors are increasingly focused on the opportunities...


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Watching Sustainable Emerging Markets, London 24-25 May 2011

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Events 
Its a sunny day in London for day 2 of the Sustainable Emerging Markets conference #sustainable2011 being held at the Renaissance Hotel in Holborn. All the whos who of the Responsible Investing (RI) world is here.

Each guru and aspiring guru is talking, listening and sharing. But where is arguing? Arguing, although a word which usually carries negative connotation, can in actuality often be a very positive insight provider. I am personally new to this field of SRI, RI, or ESG investment...

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AfricaSIF Launch Event 2 in Cape Town a Success!

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Events 
Building on the initial roadshow launch event in Johannesburg few weeks ago, AfricaSIF's second launch event was a success according to its attendees.

As Hylton Brown, one of AfricaSIF's Steering Committee members, explained: "The AfricaSIF event held last night at ASISA was a massive success, not only in attracting like-minded individuals, but in delivering a strong message that it’s up to us as Africans to bring about change, and that we can do it in a sustainable manner. What also came t...
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AfricaSIF promoted at HEC Paris MBA 2010 Social and Sustainable Business Conference

Posted by AfricaSIF Project on Saturday, May 29, 2010, In : Events 
The MBAs and career changers attending the HEC Paris MBA 2010 Social and Sustainable Business Conference in Paris were exposed to AfricaSIF as a sidenote in a panel on sustainable investment on Friday. We had an inspired, robust seminar. As the speakers and audience experienced all experienced (and feedback suggests) the material we shared and how we shared it went well. Our panel covered the spectrum of sustainable investment from a broad brief for the panel. Due to lack of long-term plannin...
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Recognition of ESG Reporting and Practices in South Africa

Posted by Graham Sinclair on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, In : General 
It is always encouraging hearing about positive developments on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research, reporting, or investing activities on the African continent.

Few weeks ago, the Social Investment Forum (SIF) published a press release to mark the publication of their 3rd report focusing on emerging markets:  “Corporate Sustainability Disclosure in Emerging Markets.” The article explained that “Few Companies in Emerging Markets Offer Comprehensive “ESG” Reporting; ...


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The AfricaSIF project goes live

Posted by Graham Sinclair on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, In : General 
The AfricaSIF blog is a weekly post on news and happenings from the AfricaSIF project team of interest to investors in Africa. The AfricaSIF project is our grassroots plan building a network, knowledgebase and advocate to make investment in African sustainable investment. AfricaSIF [Africa Sustainable Investment Forum] has a vision that investment in Africa will integrate environmental, social and governance factors [ESG] so the capital deployed will be a net positive to our sustainable devel...
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