World’s biggest companies can save as much CO2 as Japan emits in a year


Global leaders in carbon reporting have the potential to save the equivalent of Japan’s annual CO2 emissions by achieving standard levels of carbon-efficiency for their sector, ET Index Research reveals in a report launched today. early half of the world’s 800 largest listed companies have disclosed their emissions, and have improved their carbon efficiency by 15% in the last year, …

ESG’s Greatest Obstacle: The Reluctance to ‘Sacrifice’

Sami Hamdi ESG

COP21 and COP22 should be hailed, if for different reasons than they currently are. For whilst optimism appears sky-high and much needed attention is being given to the topic (reflected in the number of ESG conferences taking place in recent times), the reality is that the investment world (or worlds) is now embroiled in a game of ‘who blinks first?’ The reasoning …

The Paris Agreement, Backhanded Compliments & Future Issues

David Emeka Ogbogu ESG

Beyond the ephemeral euphoria espoused by sensationalist news reports surrounding the alleged ‘binding’ international Paris agreement, the stark reality of this agreement continues to shine light on the yoke of inequality within international relations. Amidst disasters, social narratives are often guided away from the ramifications caused or exacerbated by powerful states. From 20th century Chinese, European and U.S. involvement in …

Bono Celebrates Largest Multilateral Investment in Global Health in History

Op Ed ESG, World Politics

Pledges to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria are expected to save 8 million more lives MONTREAL — World leaders came together this weekend to make the largest multilateral commitment to a global health project in history, raising nearly US$13 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund is a public-private partnership …

Africa’s Soaring Demand for Energy Creates Oil Storage Opportunities for Investors


Africa’s annual appetite for gasoil and gasoline is expected to climb by as much as 8%, while demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has hit double digits. The continent’s growing home-grown energy supply will help satisfy some of the burgeoning demand. Africa produced 8.2m b/d of crude last year – 76% came from Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt and Angola, according to …

GEFF2015 – Two worlds converge in Edinburgh

Sami Hamdi ESG

Last week Edinburgh was host to panels of distinguished guests who discussed the challenges and progress of the pursuit of more ethical finance. Hosted by the Scottish Government at the prestigious Balmoral Hotel, the Global Ethical Finance Forum 2015 brought together academics and practitioners from around the world to exchange experiences and expertise regarding the implementation of ethical finance. Organised …

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar talks Dubai, diversification, ethics, and Islamic Finance

Interview ESG, Uncategorized

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar is the CEO of the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), prior to which he was the CEO of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) between 2009 and 2012. He has served as member of several committees and boards in Dubai including the Economic Committee of the Executive Council of Dubai, Dubai Free Zones Council, Bourse …

Daud Vicary Abdullah talks China, AIIB, and the suitability of Islamic Finance in funding Mega Projects

IIPodcast ESG

Daud Vicary Abdullah, President and CEO of the International Centre for Education of Islamic Finance (also known as the Global University of Islamic Finance) discusses China, AIIB, the suitability of Islamic Finance as a means of financing mega-projects, and whether Islamic Finance is simply a niche or a genuine alternative to conventional banking.

Islamic Finance begins to find a new home in Singapore

AkhtarMohammed ESG

On June 3rd the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it will further develop its Islamic finance capabilities, making a strong statement to markets and industry players. Deputy Manager, Jacqueline Loh, stated, “strength in conventional financing and capital markets can be adapted to meet the need of Islamic banking.” This comes off the heels of the announcement that the …