Weekly Highlights January 12, 2012

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Weekly Highlights January 12, 2012



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ESG / Sustainability
EPA: Power plants fuel global warming

(Thursday - January 12, 2012) 
Source: Tennessean - WASHINGTON — The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of the pollution blamed for global warming. Power plants released 72 percent of the greenhouse... 

Xbox workers threaten suicide in China labor tiff
(Thursday - January 12, 2012) Associated Profiles : Verité 
Source: AP - Dozens of workers assembling Xbox video game consoles climbed to a factory dormitory roof, and some threatened to jump to their deaths, in a dispute over jobs that was defused but highlights growing labor unrest as China's ... 

Brazilian Stock Exchange Nudges Companies Toward CSR Reporting
(Wednesday - January 11, 2012) Associated Profiles : MSCI Group (NYSE: MDX) 
Source: Green Biz - FBOVESPA , the Brazilian Stock Exchange, announced this week that it will now recommend that its listed companies either state that they publish a regular sustainability report and where it can be accessed, or explain why ... 

An Oil Strategy in Case Iran's Navy Shuts Down the Strait of Hormuz: View
(Thursday - January 12, 2012) 
Source: Bloomberg - Let's just say Iran makes good on its recent threats to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. And let's say that with one-fifth of the world's oil supply bottled up, the price of a barrel of oil then almost doubles, as some analysts...
Sovereign Wealth Funds 
Libya approves appointment of SWF board of trustees
(Thursday - January 12, 2012) Associated Profiles : Libyan Investment Authority 
Source: Reuters - TRIPOLI - Libya's interim government has approved the appointment of a board of trustees for the $65 billion Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), the state news agency reported on Wednesday, paving the way for ... 

UAE's oil pipeline bypassing Strait of Hormuz ready by mid-2012
(Tuesday - January 10, 2012) Associated Profiles : International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) 
Source: Menafn Arab News - UAE Minister for Energy, Mohammad Bin Dha'en Al Hameli, said that by mid-2012, the oil export pipeline which would bypass the strategic Strait of Hormuz, would be completed and operational ... 

Davos: 10 power brokers to watch at the World Economic Forum
(Sunday - January 08, 2012) Associated Profiles : Canadian Pension Plan (SPF) 
Source: Telegraph - The key people who are aiming to pull the eurozone back from the brink. 

World waits for China to open up
(Friday - January 06, 2012) Associated Profiles : China Investment Corporation 
Source: eFinancial News - China is holding its once-every-five-year state meeting on the direction of its financial markets today and tomorrow, and the decisions the country's leaders take is set to have a large impact not only on the domestic... 

Asset Managers 
Emerging Market Stocks: Can Emerging Markets Make a Comeback in 2012'
(Thursday - January 12, 2012) Associated Profiles : BlackRock Investment Management 
Source: The Motley Fool - Interested in giving your portfolio an exposure to 2012 emerging markets'.., 

How India, China still contribute half of world's growth
(Wednesday - January 11, 2012) Associated Profiles : BlackRock Investment Management 
Source: - Despite slowing down, China and India continue to contribute more than half of the world's economic growth, a new report by an investment management and advisory services firm has claimed. 

Thomas Kostigen's Impact Investor: Trust but verify companies' sustainability claims
(Friday - January 06, 2012) Associated Profiles : MSCI Group (NYSE: MDX) 
Source: MarketWatch - A new policy on environmental and sustainable trust but verify needs to be born, writes Thomas Kostigen. 

US Pension Funds 
Hatch says he will introduce bill to reduce local government pension costs
(Thursday - January 12, 2012) 
Source: American City and County - U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says he will introduce legislation this year that will seek to reduce the costs of local and state government employees' retirement benefits. According to Bloomberg News, Hatch made the...

Company stands by benefits of its foreign currency trades
(Sunday - January 08, 2012) Associated Profiles : New York City Comptroller's Office: Bureau of Asset Management  
Source: - The list includes agencies that represent retirees in half of the 50 states, familiar companies such as Walt Disney, General Motors and Best Buy. They are among about 160 clients that the New York attorney general's office says...

Pennsylvania considers joining wave of suits against BNY Mellon
(Friday - January 06, 2012) Associated Profiles : Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System 
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - The Pennsylvania Treasury Department plans to decide this month whether it will take legal action against Bank of New York Mellon and join a list of litigants claiming the bank overcharged pension funds and other large investors...

This is just a sample of some of the articles from this weeks SustainabilityHQ Highlights.  You can view the full Highlights by using the following links.  Sustainability | ESG, Highlights for the Week of  January 12, 2012.