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German researchers assess carbon and climate change risks for the financial industry

Three of the most influential climate policy and economics research institutions – the ‹Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research›, ‹Germanwatch› and the ‹Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung› (DIW) – have launched a multi-year research programme on the risks (and opportunities) that climate change and carbon mitigation strategies are expected to pose to the financial industry. onValues is part of the consortium and will contribute dedicated research and support. As part of a first set of research tasks, onValues has assessed the way in which sell-side investment research is dealing with these aspects and developed a conceptual framework through which carbon and climate risks could better be factored into current stock valuation models. Special attention was dedicated to dealing with the intrinsic uncertainty related to these aspects.

onValues works with the private banking industry on expanding the scope of ESG-inclusive investment

onValues contributed to the organisation of an event on 10 November 2006 at the Palais des Nations (the United Nations Office at Geneva) that discussed expanding the range of ESG-inclusive investment strategies offered by private banks. The meeting, which was hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), assembled senior executives from a range of international private banking institutions. The challenges of improving ESG-inclusive investment services for private clients are detailed in a UNEP FI publication prepared by onValues, which can be downloaded below.

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«Unlocking Value: The scope for environmental, social and governance issues in private banking»

For further information on UNEP FI: http://www.unepfi.org

Communicating ESG value drivers at the company-investor interface

For the third year in a row, onValues is organising a closed-door meeting of over 50 financial institutions leading the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investment processes and research. This year’s event will examine the communication of financially-material ESG issues at the interface between companies and financial analysts. Confirmed corporate participants include senior representatives of BASF, BT, Hoffmann-La Roche, Holcim, Nestlé, Rio Tinto and Shell. Financial services sector participants include CEOs / CIOs from asset owners and managers and Heads of Research from the sell side. The event is co-sponsored by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the International Finance Corporation and the UN Global Compact.

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«Communicating ESG Value Drivers at the Company-Investor Interface»

Article on active ownership initiatives by investors

In a recent article published by the leading Swiss financial newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Peter Zollinger from SustainAbility and Ivo Knoepfel from onValues analyse current trends pointing to a more active ownership approach by large asset owners, namely pension funds. Initiatives such as the Principles for Responsible Investment and the Enhanced Analytics Initiative are described. onValues is increasingly supporting clients in this field, e.g. on issues related to exercising equity voting rights and active engagement with companies.

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung article (in German)

For further information about: onValues Active Ownership services

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