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.
Mandatory human rights due diligence in Switzerland: institutional investors join forces to support legislation
Ethos Foundation and 22 institutional investors with CHF 395 billion in assets under management, are asking the members of the Swiss lower house to support legislation for mandatory human rights due diligence which will be discussed in parliament on Thursday 13 June.
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.
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 and the Ethos Engagement Pool International support global investor initiative to combat climate change
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.
Ethos celebrates today its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, an event took place on the topic "As investors we are building the world of tomorrow". This topic was already the central theme of the first annual report of Ethos in 1997. Several personalities spoke in the course of the day, in particular, Federal Council member Simonetta Sommaruga, Novartis Chairman Joerg Reinhardt, Council of State Karin Keller-Sutter and Mr. Luc Recordon, former Council of State. In parallel, for its 20th anniversary, Ethos publishes its 8 principles for socially responsible investment.
In the follow-up to its 20th anniversary, the Ethos Foundation launches a new stock exchange index dedicated to corporate governance at Swiss companies. In collaboration with the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange), Ethos publishes the "Ethos Swiss Corporate Governance Index" (ESCGI) which takes into account the main corporate governance best practice criteria in order to define the weight of the different constituents. This is the first index of this type on the Swiss stock market. The index allows investors to reduce the weight of companies that entail a corporate governance risk.