Could ESG improve scheme engagement?

Aegon’s recent survey of around 10,000 UK residents shows that most pension investors care deeply about the environment and their world’s future. It also suggests that the more someone’s investments are helping the climate emergency, the more likely they are to be happy about their investments and be better engaged with their pension arrangements. But … Read more

US senator suggests Stuart Kirk suspension indication of ‘extreme environmental ideology’

Republican senator for Montana Steve Daines has lambasted HSBC over its suspension of Stuart Kirk in the wake of his recent speech attacking climate disclosure requirements, suggesting the move is indicative of “the same groupthink that led to the 2008 financial crisis”. Writing to HBSC group CEO Noel Quinn, Daines argued that Kirk had been … Read more

Blackrock strengthens sustainability EMEA team with senior appointments

Blackrock has strengthened its sustainability EMEA team with several new senior appointments in its newly-created clients solutions pillar, the investment giant announced late last week. Stéphane Lapiquonne, the firm’s head of EMEA sustainability, said in an internal communication that Ewa Jackson, who heads up sustainable client solutions for EMEA, has been given a wider remit. … Read more

HSBC AM's 'head of irresponsible investment' condemned over climate speech

Experts slam ‘totally bizarre’ analysis that rejected the idea investors should worry about climate risks A presentation given by Stuart Kirk, global head of responsible investing at HSBC Asset Management, has been called into question by figures across the industry. In the speech, Kirk questioned whether the impacts of climate change mattered and bemoaned the … Read more