Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors: Risks, Regulations and Strategies

ISBN: 978-1-118-20317-0
256 pages
May 2012
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May 02, 2012

Mirjam Staub-Bisang Introduces Opinions from 16 Industry Experts on Key Issues in Sustainable Investing In a New Guide to Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

In ‘Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors: Risk, Regulations and Strategies’ (Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-118-20317-0; Hardcover; 256 pages; US$120.00), Dr. Mirjam Staub-Bisang, managing partner and CEO of Independent Capital Management AG, an asset management and real estate based in Zurich, Switzerland, provides a comprehensive overview of responsible or sustainable investing relevant to institutional investors and fiduciary trustees to help financial professionals who are looking for opportunities that offer positive social as well as monetary returns to get started on SRI.

To better contextualize SRI’s opportunities and challenges, the book presents 25 case studies involving institutional investors that are currently following a sustainable investment strategy and how they have approached SRI. For business leaders already familiar with or practicing corporate social responsibility and/or environmentally sustainable management, SRI is the next step to turning modern corporations into good citizens, and this book contains everything you need to get started.

‘Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors’ covers most essential elements of this discipline including:

  • The global and regional markets for sustainable investments and the risk and return of various strategies and products across asset classes
  • The legal framework for sustainable investments and the implementation of sustainable investment strategies within the institutional process
  • Sustainable investment strategies across various asset classes—bonds, equities, real estate, private equity, real assets, commodities, and hedge funds—with key contributions from academics and industry specialists in these areas
  • The sustainable investment approaches of institutional groups—including pension funds, insurance companies, charitable trusts, and family offices—presented through twenty-five case studies.

“We designed this book for institutional investors in particular, and have addressed the specific issues related to investing third party assets. Nevertheless, the book should prove useful to all thoughtful and intelligent investors and financial professionals, whatever their areas of expertise,” the authors say.

Among the twenty-five case studies featured are: the public pension funds AP Fonden (Sweden), the Korean National Pension Service or the Government Employees Superannuation Trust (Australia); insurance companies such as the insurers Munich Re (Germany) and Allianz (Germany), Swiss Re or the Standard Life (UK); university endowments such as the Universities Superannuation Scheme (UK) or the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (US), charitable trusts and foundations such as the Rockefeller Foundation (US), the Mistra Foundation (Finland), the WWF Foundation (Switzerland) and family offices in Asia, Europe and the US.

‘Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors’ is essential reading for individual investors, their advisors, and anyone interested in making profitable, socially conscious investment choices.