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The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management
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The Five Building Blocks of Effective Impact Management

No single, unified best practice has yet emerged for impact investing, and a proliferation of methodologies and metrics has introduced an element of confusion. Simply navigating through all the resources available to impact investors can be a challenge. In the second post in this three-part series, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, help guide us through what they call the “five building blocks” of effective impact management.

An Introduction to Impact Investing
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An Introduction to Impact Investing

Interest in impact investing is growing within the asset management industry, but there is still some confusion about it. We view impact investing’s defining feature as the explicit intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental outcomes alongside a financial return. In the first of a three-part series, our Franklin Real Asset Advisors team, in collaboration with consulting firm Tideline, provide an overview of what impact investing is—and isn’t.

Food Security Through an ESG Lens
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Food Security Through an ESG Lens

“Given the already tight supply and demand balance and the expectation for further demand growth, the prices for meat-based proteins in general and pork are expected to continue to increase.” - S. James McGiveran III, Research Analyst, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group.

Understanding the Climate Change Challenges Facing Consumer Goods Companies
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Understanding the Climate Change Challenges Facing Consumer Goods Companies

As an active investment manager with a firm commitment to integrating environmental, social and governance analysis into its investment processes, Franklin Templeton recognises its responsibility to raise awareness of climate transition issues. Working alongside the Carbon Disclosure Project, Franklin Templeton recently co-hosted a roundtable event on consumer goods companies’ preparations for the low-carbon transition. Here, Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, reports back from the event.

An Investor’s Perspective on the Proposed Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance
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An Investor’s Perspective on the Proposed Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance

Can stakeholders (regulators, policymakers and market participants) deliver a sustainable finance framework that serves the end-client well? The European Union’s technical expert group has just published its final recommendations on the taxonomy for sustainable finance, establishing common criteria to classify environmentally sustainable activities that support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Fresh from discussing the topic at the Responsible Investor Europe Conference in London, Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, offers some immediate feedback on the usability and implications for investors

How the Search For Yield is Going Green
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How the Search For Yield is Going Green

Investors are considering a growing range of methods to try to eke out yield in this resolutely low interest-rate environment. As David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income notes, fixed maturity (or so-called buy and hold) funds have proven a popular choice for some. And with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations high on the agenda, Zahn argues that investors should not have to sacrifice their green credentials in the search for yield.

Surveying the Investment World through an ESG Lens: A Snapshot of Key Topics from the US
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Surveying the Investment World through an ESG Lens: A Snapshot of Key Topics from the US

Fresh from a series of ESG conferences in the United States attracting investors, managers and scientists, Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, outlines five topics that sparked her attention and that investors with an interest in ESG should have on their agenda.

An Integrated Approach to Managing ESG Risks and Opportunities
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An Integrated Approach to Managing ESG Risks and Opportunities

Information, data and research are the fuel for investment decisions. Over the years, as new information has emerged and evolved, investors have found innovative means to harness new insights to help inform their decisions. Today, some forward-looking investors are deepening their focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis to provide additional perspectives to complement existing research efforts. Julie Moret, Franklin Templeton’s head of ESG, explains how ESG contributes to an evolved investment evaluation framework and serves as a tool to assess broader holistic risks.

Could Investors Hold the Key to Tackling Climate Change?
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Could Investors Hold the Key to Tackling Climate Change?

“We think companies actively trying to meet realistic emission reduction targets that are grounded in science could create opportunities for value investors like us. Especially companies that are transitioning to a lower-carbon economy.” - Maarten Bloemen, Templeton Global Equity Group

As Public Attitudes Towards the Environment Change, So Should the Investment Approach
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As Public Attitudes Towards the Environment Change, So Should the Investment Approach

“After attending this year’s Principles for Responsible Investment Conference (PRI) in San Francisco, our takeaway message is clear: Investors and investment managers have to be proactive in addressing changing public attitudes toward the environment.” -David Zahn

Environmental, Social and Governance Factors in Global Macro Investing
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Environmental, Social and Governance Factors in Global Macro Investing

“Strong governance institutions, social cohesion and sustainable environmental policies support economic growth and higher income levels. At the same time, as countries become richer they can invest more in state-of-the-art infrastructure, assign greater priority to environmental sustainability, and develop a well-educated middle class that demands better social and political institutions.” - Michael Hasenstab, CIO, Templeton Global Macro

An Integrated Approach to Managing ESG Risks and Opportunities
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An Integrated Approach to Managing ESG Risks and Opportunities

For us, ESG is a natural extension of effective risk management. It’s about understanding the risks that a company faces and assessing whether we think those risks are adequately priced in.