Author: Helena Zhu

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM), the asset management arm of BNP Paribas [BNP:FP], has launched the Sustainable Asian Cities Bond, a new fixed income strategy aiming to support sustainable urbanization in Asian cities, as reported by ESG Today on May 9. The fund is...

HSBC [HSBC:US] has launched a Global Biodiversity Discretionary Strategy for its Global Private Banking (GPB) services in Asia, as reported by The Asset on May 4. Managed by Lombard Odier, a founding member of the Natural Capital Investment Alliance, the strategy marks the bank’s first...

As more enterprises around the world adopt ESG standards for non-financial information disclosure, Chinese enterprises face a pressing need to catch up as they compete in markets with rising demand for quality ESG data. Many globally recognized and most prevalent standards, such as the GRI...

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate science, released the “Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability Report” (WG2 report) on February 27, 2022, as the second part of its sixth assessment report (AR6). The 3675-page report summarized the...

Stress testing is not an unfamiliar term to the financial sector. Ever since the global financial crisis, financial institutions have used stress tests as a key tool for assessing risks and resiliency of the financial system as well as individual institutions. With climate change increasingly...

On January 5, the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning (CAEP) released the China Products Carbon Footprint Factors Database (中国产品全生命周期温室气体排放系数集), the first open, transparent, and continuously updated product carbon footprinting (PCF) emission factor database in China. The development of this database involved voluntary contributions from 54...

The conversation around decarbonization and climate change mitigation has long been dominated by the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most common greenhouse gas. However, during this year’s United Nations climate summit COP26, methane as another form of greenhouse gas rose to the spotlight in...

CDP, a global non-profit promoting environmental disclosure for companies and governments, announced environmental performance scores on companies for the year 2021, as reported by the organization’s press release on December 7. According to CDP, nearly 12,000 companies have reported environmental data through CDP’s platform in...

The IFRS Foundation launched the new International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) to develop a comprehensive global baseline of high-quality sustainability disclosure standards for investors’ information needs, according to the IFRS Foundation’s website on November 3. The ISSB will develop IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards, including disclosure...

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