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Listen to our fourth E&S podcast - Board oversight of ESG

19 December 2017,10:00

In our fourth E&S podcast, we speak to Rosalind Kainyah MBE and Imoni Akpofure from Kina Advisory about a board's role in overseeing environmental and social, and business integrity issues.

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Listen to our third E&S podcast - E&S management systems

12 December 2017,10:00

In our third E&S podcast, we speak to ERM's Philippa Spence, Senior Partner, about developing environmental and social management systems at the company level. The podcast explores the standards and best practices for management systems.

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Listen to our second E&S podcast - Good labour practices

31 October 2017,10:00

In our second E&S podcast, we speak to ERM's Philippa Spence, Senior Partner, about labour and working conditions. The podcast explores the value added by good labour practices and provides tips for fund managers.

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CDC publishes its 2016-2017 Annual Sustainability Review

10 October 2017,12:00

We’re pleased to announce the publication of our 2016-2017 Annual Sustainability Review – Responsible investment works.

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CDC launches E&S podcast series - Listen to the first episode here

10 October 2017,11:00

The new series of podcasts is designed to help you stay up-to-date with E&S issues in a quick and easy format. In the first of our new series, we speak to Mark Goldsmith, the founder of sustainability consultancy FiveOak, about where to focus E&S due diligence and the business case for good E&S management.

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CDC launches new framework to understand the impact of private healthcare providers

29 June 2017,13:30

The global movement towards universal health coverage (UHC) means that there is a greater need for more healthcare providers to achieve full population coverage. CDC asked the respected Centre for Health Policy at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, to develop and test a new framework for understanding the impact private healthcare providers can have on the patients they treat and the health ecosystems to which they belong. The report was launched on 28 June 2017.

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Webinar on ESG in the real estate sector – Monday 26 June

14 June 2017,10:00

Responsible Investor (a media firm) is hosting a webinar titled 'applying ESG factors into a real estate strategy' on Monday 26 June 2017 at 15.00 BST. Scheduled speakers include senior ESG leads from Northern Trust (a US-based asset manager with US$1tn AUM) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB, an industry body).

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Capital Dynamics survey shows growing integration of ESG and value-creation strategies

27 May 2017,09:00

Capital Dynamics, a global asset manager, published a report on the relationship between the active management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and value creation in April 2017. The research is informed by a survey which targeted 175 general partners (GPs) and had 109 respondents, primarily from Europe and North America (82%).

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McKinsey publishes article on the impact of ESG on valuations

04 April 2017,09:30

McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, published an article in March 2017 which discusses the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues on valuations.

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ERM survey highlights use of ESG to create value

14 March 2017,13:30

Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a leading environmental and social consultancy, published the results from a survey of 60 general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs) in February 2017. Over 95% of the respondents – representing US$1.3 trillion in assets under management – believed that there was significant untapped value from ESG within their portfolio companies.

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RRI suggests land conflicts in India put US$179bn at risk

24 November 2016,15:00

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) published a study in November 2016 which analyses 289 ongoing land-related conflicts in India. These conflicts affect an estimated 3.2m people and put US$179bn of investment at risk.

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EMPEA to host an ESG webcast on 29 September 2016

16 September 2016,15:30

The Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) will hold the seventh module in its ‘LP Education’ series called ‘ESG and Sustainability Best Practices in Investment Decisions’ on Thursday 29 September 2016. The one-hour webcast will draw on expertise from academics, data providers, fund managers and LPs.

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PEI releases a new book on value creation through ESG

12 September 2016,19:00

The publication from Private Equity International (PEI) provides a guide to ESG management in private equity, with advice on best practice, implementation and case studies from leading investors.

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UNGC and EY release a report on building sustainable supply chains

16 August 2016,16:00

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and EY released the study in August 2016 with the aim of promoting responsibility and resilience in complex global supply chains. The report argues that ESG improvements in supply chains offer diverse commercial benefits, including reduced costs and market differentiation.

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Blog: The Case for Improving Job Quality in Supply Chains

29 July 2016,17:00

Ritu Kumar, CDC's Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility, writes for Business Fights Poverty about the importance of improving job quality in supply chains.

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EMPEA invites fund managers to enter competition highlighting best practice in sustainability

27 July 2016,15:00

The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is inviting fund managers to take part in the ‘Sustainability & Operational Excellence Challenge’. Examples of “impactful” deals should be submitted by 9 September 2016.

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PRI and UNGC launch new guide for investors on anti-corruption engagement

15 July 2016,00:00

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and UN Global Compact (UNGC) launched the report on the 20 June 2016. The guidance is based on research involving 34 investors who collectively manage US$2.7tn in assets.

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Aviva Investors, SFP and PRI launch a report on sustainable seafood and responsible investment

01 July 2016,13:30

The report was published on World Oceans Day (8 June 2016) and highlights the challenges facing many fishery sectors globally, particularly in developing countries. Partly due to weak regulation, many fishing grounds are only producing a fraction of historical catches.

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CDC releases a new report on the legacy land issues facing agribusiness

27 June 2016,15:30

CDC and DEG have collaborated on a new report which provides guidance to investors on managing legacy land issues in the agribusiness sector. Legacy land issues are a particular challenge in emerging markets, especially where details about historical acquisition / lease arrangements may be uncertain and baseline studies are weak or absent.

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CDC webinars to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the ESG Toolkit for Fund Managers

16 June 2016,17:30

CDC Group plc will present two, hour-long webinars on its ‘ESG Toolkit for Fund Managers’ on 12 and 13 July 2016, in association with UNPRI.

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PEI’s Responsible Investment Forum highlights widening demand for effective ESG implementation

16 June 2016,17:00

Private Equity International (PEI) held its seventh annual Responsible Investment Forum (RIF) in London on 25-26 May 2016. Over 200 experts and stakeholders attended the forum to discuss emerging ESG trends in the private equity industry.

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New survey highlights the value created by ESG integration in the PE sector

10 June 2016,10:30

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) – a global provider of ESG consulting services – launched its “ESG: The Multiplier Effect” report at Private Equity International’s ‘Responsible Investment Forum’ on 25 May 2016.

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Why investing in electricity powers job creation

17 May 2016,15:44

CDC's Alex MacGillivray writes about how investing in electricity generation supports businesses and helps to create jobs.

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CDC co-authors new report on E&S due diligence in agricultural value chains

04 May 2016,13:25

CDC, IFU, Obviam, Norfund and DEG have collaborated on a new report which provides environmental and social (E&S) guidance to investors in agricultural value chains. The purpose of the report is to provide investors – including PE fund managers – with clearer, more consistent and practical guidance on managing E&S risks and creating value from E&S performance.

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PRI report highlights the growth of ESG over the past decade

03 May 2016,18:30

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) released an independent study of its own impact in April 2016, marking 10 years since the platform was established.

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CDC supports Ghanaian building project gain Africa’s first EDGE sustainability certification

29 April 2016,09:41

The Exchange – a residential and hotel development in Ghana, which CDC is invested in – has become the first project in Africa to receive the EDGE certification.

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Podcast: How can we better support women's economic empowerment?

27 April 2016,17:44

A CDC-produced podcast on the barriers to women's economic empowerment and how they can be overcome

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How businesses in India are already supporting climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals

25 April 2016,09:40

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Why health and safety measures benefit both employees and businesses

14 April 2016,09:39

CDC's Mark Eckstein writes about the importance of health and safety - both to employees and the companies they work for.

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CDC presents to parliamentarians on how its work relates to the Sustainable Development Goals

16 March 2016,09:38

CDC’s Director of Environment and Social Responsibility, Ritu Kumar, was at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 15th March, where she spoke at a panel discussion on business and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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CDC’s CEO discusses the organisation’s role in supporting women in developing countries

14 March 2016,09:39

For International Women’s Day 2016, Diana Noble was interviewed by Women Advancing Microfinance UK (WAM UK).

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New article highlights waste-management challenges in emerging markets

29 February 2016,16:00

McKinsey & Company (a global management consultancy) released an article in February 2016 exploring the link between growing economic prosperity and increasing waste volumes in emerging markets.

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New CDC Report: Environmental and social due diligence: mitigating risks, identifying opportunities

09 September 2015,16:27

Good environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) is essential to understanding some of the main risks, impacts and opportunities when investing in a business.

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Webinar introduction to this ESG Toolkit hosted by PRI: 15.00 20th & 09.00 21st July 2015 BST

18 August 2015,17:11

Webinar introduction to CDC’s new ESG Toolkit for Fund Managers hosted by PRI: 15.00 20th & 09.00 21st July 2015 (UK time)

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Managing E&S Issues in Agribusiness Investing – Webinar Thursday July 16, 10 AM – 11 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, Washington DC, USA)

18 August 2015,17:11

Agribusiness is one of the key industries that in many emerging market has been neglected by investors for years.

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Week of blogs: How can responsible private investment contribute to the SDGs? 6th – 10th July

18 August 2015,17:00

Business Fights Poverty week of blogs: How can responsible private investment contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? 6th – 10th July 2015 (Live discussion segment: Thursday 9th July, 15.00-16.00 UK time)

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CDC Launches New Web-Enabled ESG Toolkit for Fund Managers at PRE-PEI Responsible Investment Forum 2015

23 June 2015,18:00

CDC Group plc, the UK Development Finance Institution (DFI), has launched an updated and fully-web enabled version of its environmental social and governance (ESG) Toolkit for Fund Managers at the 2015 Responsible Investment Forum. The Responsible Investment Forum takes place in London on June 23 and is co-hosted by Private Equity International (PEI) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

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