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Top 10 Sustainability Trends: Our 2021 Eco Wellness Predictions

12 Mins Read It’s that time of the year again, a new dawn, or in 2021’s case, a better dawn, because hey, what can be worse than 2020? New year = new set of Green Queen trend predictions (proud to share that we still haven’t been wrong yet). This year, for the first time, we have two separate […]

Best News Of The Year: The Top 10 Sustainability Headlines Of 2020

5 Mins Read It’s clear that the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the global focus towards sustainability. Realising the link between human and planetary health and the urgent need to prevent the rise of future zoonotic pandemics, the world has renewed its attention on preserving, protecting and conserving nature, wildlife and biodiversity and to combat climate change. While much […]

As Sustainable Investing Takes Off, China’s Poor ESG Ratings Are A Major Problem

3 Mins Read With more investors embracing a sustainable ESG-based strategy, a trend that has received a major boost amidst the coronavirus pandemic, China is losing its allure despite being an enormous and fast-growing emerging market. Ranking bottom on ESG ratings among all major economies in the world, experts warn that lagging behind when it comes to sustainability […]

HKEX Launches Green Exchange ‘STAGE’ To Support Sustainable Finance Push

3 Mins Read Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) has launched its new investment platform dedicated to sustainable finance amidst rising demand from Asian investors. Called the Sustainable and Green Exchange (STAGE), the new platform serves as an online product repository of ESG-focused products across multiple sectors as well as a resource hub for sustainable finance across […]

Natural Order Acquisition Corp. Raises US$230M IPO To Fund Plant-Based Buyouts

2 Mins Read Natural Order Acquisition Corp., a new blank check company targeting plant-based foods, has raised US$230 million in its initial public offering, including the full exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option. The company intends to use the capital to fund a business combination of companies working on plant-based foods and other sustainable alternatives to animal-based products.  […]

Climate Finance Increasing Debt In Poorer Nations, Oxfam Report Finds

3 Mins Read The real value of support provided by developed countries to help poorer nations respond to the climate crisis is far lower than what has been reported, according to a new Oxfam report. It finds that the real figure could be as low as a third of the amount donors stated, and that because the financing […]

Global Firms Managing Assets Worth US$16 Trillion Agree To Scale-Up Sustainable Investment

3 Mins Read After a meeting with United Nations secretary-general António Guterres, an alliance of the world’s biggest firms have agreed to deliver strategies to scale-up sustainable investments. With countries around the world still reeling from the devastating economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Guterres described action from the private sector “more important than ever” and urges businesses […]

Long-Term Stock Exchange Launches In U.S. To Push ESG-Forward Investing

3 Mins Read The Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE) recently started trading in the U.S. with the goal to turn capitalism around for the planet and people. Discouraging quarterly reporting and requiring all firms to consider all stakeholders, the LTSE offers companies and investors an alternative to traditional securities exchanges.  Launched on Wednesday (September 9), the LTSE’s debut comes […]

One Year Later: First Vegan ETF Proves Climate Investing Is Profitable

3 Mins Read One year ago, Beyond Investing launched the world’s first cruelty-free and climate-forward exchange-traded fund (ETF), the US Vegan Climate ETF, on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker VEGN. Now, one year later, VEGN stands strong and has proven that climate-conscious investing isn’t just ethical, but it’s profitable too.  Since its inception, VEGN has […]

90% Global Public Investors Have ESG Investment Policies, New Survey Finds

3 Mins Read Over 90% of global public investors now have specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment policies in place or are in the process of implementing them, reveals a new survey from independent think tank OMFIF and American financial services firm BNY Mellon. The research also found that investors have been especially motivated to adopt ESG […]

BNP Paribas Launches Australia’s First Climate-Linked Bond

2 Mins Read BNP Paribas has announced the successful issuance of equity-linked green bonds totalling A$140 million (US$99.6 million) marking the first to be linked to the Australian Climate Transition (ACT) Index. The ACT Index is based on several climate scenarios and will continually be adjusted to reflect the future technological, social, regulatory and environmental changes.  The series […]

Google Parent Alphabet Issues US$5.75B In Sustainability Bonds

2 Mins Read Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has just issued US$5.75 billion in sustainability bonds, in what it claims is the biggest green bond issued by any firm to date. The proceeds will support investments in both environmental and social initiatives and will not be allocated to any of Google’s activities.  As a part of a US$10 […]

Law Student Sues Australian Government For Misleading Investors Over Climate Risk

3 Mins Read A 23-year-old law student in Melbourne, Australia has filed a lawsuit against the Australian government over failure to disclose the financial risks of climate change to a number of safe investments, including government bonds. Katta O’Donnell says she hopes that the case, which is a world’s-first, will change the way the government recognises and responds […]