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Issue 15 - June 2013

Analysts' Insights

After Savar: Preparedness and progress in the retail supply chain
Gurneesh Bhandal

Gurneesh Bhandal, Associate AnalystThe April 24th collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, which killed more than 1,100 workers, was the third deadly workplace accident in the country’s garment industry in a six-month period. Given Bangladesh’s ongoing struggle to enforce worker safety within its booming garment manufacturing sector, companies sourcing from the region could have been better prepared for such an incident, or even taken steps to help prevent it. Associate analyst Gurneesh Bhandal discusses the risks facing major retail brands that are not adequately prepared to address a growing range of supply chain issues and some of the steps that have been taken within the industry since this tragic event. 

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Sustainalytics' Perspective

Upcoming Webinar and Report - Emissions Reductions in the Shipping Industy

Join Sustainalytics on Thursday, June 27 when we explore the current regulatory environment for the shipping industry, as it aims to reduce air and water emissions. Discover what impact more stringent emissions regulations could have on shipping companies and their investors and learn about the opportunities on the horizon for solution providers. The webinar will feature research from a soon to be released report. 

Spaces are limited so register today. 

Controversial Shipbreaking Dismantles Stakeholder Trust

Dismantling ships is big business in South Asia. However, some of the methods used to breakdown these massive vessels are controversial because of the hazards they pose to environmental and human safety. Shipping, leisure, and oil and gas transportation companies are facing increasing regulation internationally with regard to the disposal of end-of-life vessels, which may pose considerable risk to companies and their investors. In this latest insight, responsible investment associate Jean-Florent Helfre examines the environmental and social issues associated with the shipbreaking industry. 

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Novethic study examines how investors use controversy information

In a recent study, French research firm Novethic examined how investors used information about controversial company activities in their decision making. The study included a breakdown of the different ways Sustainalytics' controversy research is integrated into the investment process in key European markets.

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Inside Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics welcomes...

Andy White, Associate Director, Advisory Services (London)Andy White - Associate Director, Advisory Services, London
Andy joins Sustainalytics’ growing London-based team, working with clients to develop their responsible investment strategies. He is a former managing director at Innovest and at the investment boutique Inflection Point Capital Management where he worked closely with a number of fund managers to develop new environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies and products.

Karin Bjork, Associate Responsible Investment Adviser, Institutional Relations, AmsterdamKarin Björk – Associate Responsible Investment Adviser, Institutional Relations, Amsterdam  
Karin works with Sustainalytics’ Nordic and Dutch institutional investor clients to support their responsible investment strategies. She brings to this role experience from the Dow Jones’ risk and compliance department in Barcelona, Spain where she was responsible for anti-corruption due diligence reports.

Visit to learn more.

On the web...

New pages at – Sustainalytics has given a facelift to a few pages of the corporate website. We’ve implemented these changes to make the site more user friendly and easier to navigate. You will notice changes to the homepage and the solutions page. The biggest change comes to our publications page, now called Insights. Visitors are now able to filter Sustainalytics’ full library of reports by sector or theme.

Let us know what you think about the new pages, we’d love to hear your feedback. Email us at

With conference season in full swing, Sustainalytics has attended and spoken at major industry events around the globe. You may have already seen us at one of these recent events, or perhaps we’ll see you in the near future.    

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference, June 17-19

The Canadian Responsible Investment Conference offers an opportunity to learn more about the latest SRI developments and opportunities. Michael Jantzi, Sustainalytics CEO, will participate on a senior-level experts panel on responsible investing in Canada and its trends, challenges and opportunities. Jaideep Singh Panwar, Manager, Research Products will discuss ESG issues on the panel entitled The Canada-China ESG Relationship. Heather Lang, Director of Research Products, North America will be a panelist during the concurrent intensive session on food sustainability.  Learn more about the conference here.

TBLI Conference USA 2013, June 17-18

The theme of this year’s Triple Bottom Line Investment Conference 2013 was Rethink the Past and Move On. The mission of this event is to raise awareness and educate finance professionals and asset owners on how they can benefit from sustainable investing and maximize the investment flows into sustainable projects and businesses. Darragh Gallant, Sustainalytics’ Director of Institutional Relations, North America spoke about how ESG factors drive risk and return within asset classes such as fixed income. Learn more about the conference here.

RI Europe 2013: The Investor-Corporate ESG Summit, June 11-12

RI Europe 2013, one of the major responsible investment and mainstream summits taking place in London focused on the most important ESG developments between investors and the companies they invest in. Michael Jantzi moderated the panel on Manager Selection and Monitoring.      

Nomura Investment Forum Asia 2013, June 10-11

The 10th annual Nomura Investment Forum Asia showcased a timely theme — Globally Asia. The event focused on Asia’s evolution from capital importer to capital exporter, and its impact on businesses and investments around the world. Loïc Dujardin, Director, Research Products, spoke on the panel entitled US shale vs. China syngas revolution.


Analysts' Insight

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Sustainalytics in the Media


June 17-19
Canadian Responsible Investment Conference, Vancouver. BC

June 17-18 
TBLI Conference USA, New York

View upcoming events in the Toronto Sustainability Speakers Series.


For the fifth year in a row, Sustainalytics and Maclean’s have named Canada’s Top 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations. New this year, the list has also been published in L’actualité, Quebec's French-language current affairs magazine. Like last year the magazines’ online features include a video interview and an article by Sustainalytics. Find out more about the Top 50 and see who made the list here!

Mobilisation sur les chaines de sous-traitance après le drame du Bangladesh - Novethic
Antonio Celeste, Sustainalytics’ Director of Institutional Relations in Europe expressed his view on the roles of ESG research agencies in controversies, such as the recent collapse of the textile plant in Savar, Bangladesh. Read More (in French).

Choking smog highlights ethical investments - Financial Times 
Loïc Dujardin, Sustainalytics’ Director of Research Products shared his views on the significant impact environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have on returns for investors in Asia. Read More (subscription required)


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Sustainalytics is a global leader in sustainability research and analysis for investors and financial institutions, specialized in analyzing environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria for companies, institutions and countries. We provide a global perspective, underpinned by over 20 years of local experience and expertise in the responsible investment and traditional socially responsible investment markets. The firm is headquartered in Amsterdam with local offices in Boston, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Paris, Singapore, Timisoara and Toronto; and with representatives in Bogota, Brussels, Copenhagen, London and San Francisco.