Weekly Highlights January 5, 2012

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Weekly Highlights January 5, 2012

Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Reporting
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ESG / Sustainability

How to Build Trust Between Corporate Boards and Shareholders
(Wednesday - January 04, 2012) Source: Corporate Counsel - To the list of New Year’s resolutions for the first weeks of 2012, here’s one for corporate boards: Take action to repair relationships with your investors. So say Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ corporate governance gurus, senior.

Dutch fund blacklists Wal-Mart, PetroChina shares
(Tuesday - January 03, 2012) Source: MarketWatch - Netherland's biggest pension fund Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds, or ABP, said Tuesday it divested its stakes in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetroChina Co. and blacklisted both companies in its portfolio, citing non-compliance.

What Will Be the Biggest Driver for Corporate Sustainability in 2012'
(Friday - December 30, 2011) Associated Profiles : MSCI Group - Source: Green Biz - With 2011 coming to a close and 2012 just around the corner, GreenBiz asked executives from a range of companies and organizations to reflect on the past year and look at what lies ahead.

Ford Targets 30 Percent Water Reduction Per Vehicle
(Friday - December 30, 2011) Associated Profiles : Carbon Disclosure Project - Source: Yahoo Finance - New aggressive water strategy calls for global reduction target of 30 percent per vehicle by 2015Between 2000 and 2010, Ford reduced its global water use.

Climate Change - U.N. Extreme Weather Report Triggers Storm Of Protest
(Sunday - December 25, 2011) Associated Profiles : Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) - Source: Free Internetpress - In mid-November, the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report on extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, floods and heat waves.

Sovereign Wealth Funds

US concerned about Libya militia clashes
(Wednesday - January 04, 2012) Associated Profiles : United States Business Council for Sustainable Development, Libyan Investment Authority - Source: AFP - The United States said Tuesday it is concerned about clashes between militias that helped topple Moamer Kadhafi, and repeated offers to help Libya merge all militias into one security force.

Goldman advisor defends $2bn Islamic bond scheme
(Monday - January 02, 2012) Associated Profiles : Istithmar World - Dubai - Source: Business Recorder - An advisor to Goldman Sachs has defended the US bank's $2 billion Islamic bond programme against criticism it may contravene religious principles, in a controversy that could affect Western banks' ability to enter the...

Has Abu Dhabi Gone Bust'
(Monday - December 26, 2011) Associated Profiles : International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC)
Source: - Eighteen months ago, Ross Ensor at Leo A Daly described the business climate in Abu Dhabi as “a bit like the California Gold Rush.” Backed by oil prices at relatively high levels, the capital of the United Arab...

China CIC sovereign fund to get $50bln boost - sources
(Friday - December 23, 2011) Associated Profiles : State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) Investment Company (China) - Source: Reuters - China's $410 billion sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp. is set to receive additional funding of up to $50 billion, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday. The new funding...

Asset Managers

Investors Steer Clear of Chinese IPOs in US
(Wednesday - January 04, 2012) Associated Profiles : Thomson Reuters - Source: CNBC - The value of Chinese companies delisting from U.S. exchanges in 2011 exceeded the amount Chinese companies raised via initial public offerings in the U.S., a stark sign of how high-profile fraud allegations and slowing growth...

Sustainability experts to converge on NYC
(Tuesday - January 03, 2012) Associated Profiles : MSCI Group - Source: Crain's NY Business - Environmentalists working to make New York City a greener place soon will claim a new feather in their caps: The Sustainable Operations Summit, a conference aimed at promoting green business activities, will bring its big annual ...

Shrinking Sears Said Lampert's 'Mismanaged Asset'
(Thursday - December 29, 2011) Associated Profiles : Credit Suisse Group AG - Source: Business Week - Since Kmart acquired Sears in 2005, the company has lost stores, staff, and share value while Chairman Edward Lampert's hedge funds profited from the transaction...

U.S. firms jump on Europe woes
(Tuesday - December 27, 2011) Associated Profiles : The Blackstone Group - Source: Post-Gazette - As Europe struggles with its debt crisis, U.S. businesses and financial firms are swooping in amid the distress, making loans and snapping up assets owned by banks there -- from the mortgage on a luxury hotel in Miami Beach...

US Pension Funds

Massachusetts pension board completes Iran divestment
(Wednesday - January 04, 2012) Associated Profiles : Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (Massachusetts), Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board Profile - Source: JTA - The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board announced Tuesday that it divested all holdings in companies tied to Iran’s energy industry, according to an official press release.


Happy New Year suckers, pay up: Your share of public pension crisis now $424,500
(Tuesday - January 03, 2012) Associated Profiles : Hawaii Employees Retirement System (ERS) - Source: Hawaii Reporter - Taxpayers – through governments and public workers – pumped $25 billion into the top 100 pension funds in three months ending Sept. 30, according to the latest report. Those fund’s managers paid out $52 billion and lost $199...

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 5, 2012