During 2016 Sparinvest has continued to promote acceptance and implementation of responsible investment both within the investment industry and to the broader investing public. For example, we presented at a Responsible Investment Workshop in the Netherlands which sought to educate the sales team of an international insurer.
Our backtesting of correlations between good ESG ratings and good investment performance received significant coverage in the Danish mainstream media, including Børsen, TV2 Business and Berlingske.
In an article for AGEFI, the Luxembourg Business Newspaper, we explained the basic concepts of responsible investment. Two articles appeared in the Japanese online financial news platform, Quick, describing the benefits of the constructive dialogue between Sparinvest and telecoms giant NTT as part of the PRI-coordinated anti-bribery and corruption engagement. The first was an interview with NTT describing the benefits that they had experienced as a result of engagement (including being admitted to the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Index) and the second was an interview with Senior Portfolio Manager and RI Committee Member, David Orr, on the subject of what benefits engagement can bring to both companies and investors.
In addition, Sparinvest - Ethical Global Value was re-awarded the LuxFLAG ESG label in 2016 and Sparinvest - Ethical Emerging Markets received a first ESG label.=This labelling initiative is intended to focus on funds and mandates supporting high ESG standards