Mandatory human rights due diligence in Switzerland: Ethos and institutional investors join forces to support ambitious legislation

Ethos Foundation and 26 institutional investors with CHF 808 billion in assets under management, have sent an investor statement to the members of the Swiss upper house to ask them to support legislation for mandatory human rights due diligence. The legislation has been approved by the lower house on 13 June and will be discussed again next Thursday in Bern. The initiative committee has already indicated that it agrees to withdraw the original initiative if the proposed legislation is approved.

Responsible business initiative: Report on the event of 13th June 2019

While the members of the Swiss lower house were approving the counter-proposal to the responsible business initiative, Ethos Foundation organised a conference and debate on Thursday 13th June 2019 in Bern on the topic of "multinational companies and respect for human rights: ethical, economic and political issues". Almost 120 people attended the event.

Ethos and other leaders of responsible investment write letter to the CEO of BlackRock

At the beginning of each year, Larry Fink, the chairman and CEO of the world’s biggest asset manager sends a well-publicized letter to the CEOs of its investee companies stressing the importance of ESG factors such as climate change for investors. However, according to research by the 50/50 Climate Project BlackRock supported only 23.1 per cent of climate-related shareholder proposals at S&P 500 oil, gas and utility companies in the 2018 season of shareholder general meetings.

Ethos achieves top rating in PRI assessment

The evaluation of Ethos’s activity report covering the year 2017 to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is now available. As every year, the result of the assessment in which 1462 organizations participated places Ethos among the world leaders in sustainable finance with scores well above the median in all 6 dimensions analyzed, in 3 of which Ethos even received the best possible evaluation (A+).

Ethos opens all of its funds to retail investors

Ethos has received approval from FINMA to open all of its investment funds to all investor categories. From now on, retail investors can subscribe to these funds at the same conditions as qualified investors. Ethos proposes to all investors investment solutions resulting from 20 years’ experience in socially responsible investment (SRI) and that combine best practices in this field.

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