Werbung


Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Ip access
Ausgabe 15 (2014)
Ausgabe 14 (2014)
Ausgabe 13 (2014)
Ausgabe 12 (2013)
Ausgabe 11 (2013)
Ausgabe 10 (2013)
Ausgabe 9 (2013)
Ausgabe 8 (2012)
Ausgabe 7 (2012)
Ausgabe 6 (2012)
Ausgabe 5 (2012)
Ausgabe 4 (2011)
Ausgabe 3 (2011)
Ausgabe 2 (2011)
Ausgabe 1 (2011)
Businesses
Consultants
Business Councils
NGOs
Academic Networks
Research Institutes
Journals
english
german
CSR reports
Jobs
Events
Call for Papers
New Publications
Podcast


Werbung




Use CSR NEWS also through the following services designed for your needs:


Daily News per Email


Weekly News per Email


Become CSR NEWS-Friend
on Facebook !


CSR NEWS updates
through Twitter


RSS-Feeds



Guide for Responsible Investment in Commodities Launched


Monday, October 10th, 2011


© image / Bildnachweis

(Zürich/London/New York) – The UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, the UN Global Compact, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs today released the final report aimed at helping institutional investors navigate the environmental, social and governance challenges of commodities-related investments.

The role of investors in commodities markets has increased considerably over the past years. Over US$400 billion of institutional and retail money is currently invested in commodities, compared to only US$6 billion a decade ago. This has led to increased scrutiny by policy makers fuelled by concerns that growing investment volumes could lead to higher price volatility with negative consequences on the real economy and low-income populations.

Donald MacDonald, Trustee of the British Telecom Pension Scheme and founding Chairman of the Principles for Responsible Investment, said: “Global competition over scarce natural resources will be one of the defining aspects of the 21th century. Policy makers will accept much needed private sector investment in this area as long as it is seen as positively contributing to the development and stability of our economies and societies. Investors must recognize social sensitivities and concerns, even if they are sometimes perceived as being unfair and not based on absolute certainty”.

“Given rising concerns about volatility in commodities markets, and how this may be negatively impacting economies and communities, we believe this report is extremely timely and important”, said Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact. “As we attempt to embed markets with longer-range considerations and time horizons, it is critical that all asset classes be included – and this means commodities”.

Investors gain exposure to commodities in various ways: derivatives, physical commodities, real assets such as forests and farmland, and debt and equity of companies active in the sector. The report launched today offers specific best-practice recommendations for each of those asset classes and also comments on the strategic allocation between commodities-related assets from the perspective of a responsible investor.

Donald MacDonald added: “Investors should proactively implement measures aimed at managing environmental and social risks related to commodities investments and consider the recommendations provided by the guide. It is crucial that investors maintain their “license to invest” in these markets”.

Swiss consultancy onValues authored the report which is the result of an almost two-year long engagement process with leading investors and stakeholders in the field.

Contact
Gavin Power
Deputy Director
UN Global Compact
powerg@nullun.org





    INFORMATION DESK

    TRANSLATION




    PRINT
    PDF
    TELL A FRIEND

    AUTHOR
    Matthias Stausberg (Global Compact)

    Matthias Stausberg is spokesperson of UN Global Compact, New York

    EMAIL TO THE AUTHOR

    CATEGORIES: +english | member news

    RELATED ARTICLES


    OTHER ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR
    264 other articles by






    © 2005- | CSR NEWS GmbH | CSR NEWS ist ein Projekt des Vereins Unternehmen - Verantwortung - Gesellschaft e.V.
    Contact: editors@csr-news.net | Phone: +49 (0) 2192 – 8546458
    Disclaimer | Legal Notice | Powered by WordPress | 0.649 seconds | web design by kollundkollegen.