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Issue 14 - April 2013

The staff at Sustainalytics would like to offer our thoughts and condolences to all those affected by last week’s tragic events in Boston. As events unfolded our concern for our colleagues in Boston shifted to shock and sadness as more details emerged. It is our hope that our friends, clients and colleagues will persevere through this difficult time. 


Lessons learned from Europe's tainted beef scandal 
Gurneesh Bhandal

Gurneesh Bhandal, Associate AnalystThe recent discovery of tainted beef products in Europe has shaken consumer confidence across the continent. Such scandals raise concerns about food safety, the complexity of the meat supply chain, and the inability of retailers to provide assurance of their product labels. In this article, associate analyst Gurneesh Bhandal explores the issue and the implications for responsible investors.

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Coal Mining and Selenium: Issues for responsible investors
Lucas Schoeppner

Lucas Schoeppner, Analyst InternAlthough the direct financial risk from litigation regarding selenium pollution is likely to remain low, investors should be aware of the regulatory uncertainty, reputational risk, and remediation costs surrounding the issue and how they may impact the coal mining industry, especially in the long term. Sustainalytics’ Lucas Schoeppner examines the issue.

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Q&A: UN Arms Trade Treaty


In this Q&A document Sustainalytics’ team of weapons and arms trade experts inform investors about the newly passed UN Arms Trade Treaty.

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Signs of progress, and inertia, in responsible investment
Claire Veuthey

Panelist from the ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit 2013 in Manila, Phillipines

As part of Sustainalytics team in Singapore, Claire travels to countless responsible investment conferences and events in the Asia-Pacific region. Read her take on the RI movement in the region.

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In the Wake of Newtown: Firearms and the management of investor risk

In the Wake of Newtown: Firearms and Managing Investor RiskArticle now available. In our recent Analyst Insight, Zach Paris examined the response of public and private investors to the ongoing gun control debate in the U.S. He also looked at the investment strategies available based on differing levels of risk exposure and the tools that investors can use to implement these strategies. 

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Free Webinar - Conflict Minerals: Meeting NGO and Investor Expectations

As part of its Advanced Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance Series, law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel has organized a free webinar on April 30, starting at 12 pm EST. Azadeh Sabour, responsible investment manager at Sustainalytics will participate on the speaker panel to discuss investor expectations and what companies should be doing to demonstrate they are proactively addressing or mitigating their risk exposure to conflict minerals. Other panellists include Lauren Compere from Boston Common Asset Management and Sasha Lezhnev of the Enough Project. 

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Sustainalytics welcomes...

Loic Dujardin, Director, Research ProductsLoic Dujardin – Director, Research Products, Singapore
Loic joins our Singapore office as Director on May 1. He is a former analyst at the Norwegian pension giant Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) with an expertise in water-related sustainability risks.

Ceclia Barsk, Responsible Investment Associate, Advisory Services, London

Cecilia Barsk - Responsible Investment Associate, Advisory Services, London
Cecilia brings to this role broad international experience in responsible investment, including time spent at the UN Principles for Responsible Investment where she was involved in developing the new reporting framework.

Also joining our team in London is Farnam Bidgoli, associate analyst. She has transferred from Toronto to London to better serve our UK clients.

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Sustainalytics continues its ascent in the French Market

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Sustainalytics has become the second most used environmental, social and governance (ESG) research provider in France. According to Novethic, Sustainalytics now services 30% of asset managers that manage socially responsible investment (SRI) funds in France, compared to 18% in 2011 and 8% in 2010. In 2012, €149 billion were invested in SRI funds. Though growth in the market has slowed (29% in 2012 vs. 69% in 2011), the market is still buoyant according to Novethic. Novethic is France's leading research centre on corporate social responsibility and SRI, and is a sustainable development media expert.   

On the web...

New Linked In Group - The Business and Human Rights Society, Netherlands has launched on Linked In. The independent group, co-founded by Sustainalytics’ human rights specialist Ilse Griek and Channel Research’s Evelien Weller, is a professional network for those working in human rights across various sectors (e.g. business, academia, government, NGOs). For more information or to join the group click here.

JSI updates

February 21, 2013 - 
MEG Energy Inc. replaces Nexen Inc. 

March 11, 2013 -
Annual review results in changes to the Jantzi Social Index 

April 5, 2013 - 
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. replaces Inmet Mining Corporation.


Analysts' Insights

Sustainalytics' Perspective

Inside Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics in the Media


On the move

View upcoming events in the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series


Disarming Pension Funds -
Sustainalytics' Zach Paris shares is views on the implications of U.S. gun control legislation on investors. Read More

Blocking Innovation or Boosting Drug Access?
Associate analyst Hazel Goedhart discusses the repercussion of the landmark ruling against drug giant Novartis. Read More

Is Mahbubani too optimistic about Asia's rise? The Strait Times
Associate analyst Sun Xi responds to an article by the dean of the LKY School of Public Policy. Read More


Sustainalytics' Frankfurt team has moved to a new office in the heart of the city. The new address is:

Moselstraße 4
60329 Frankfurt am Main


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