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Issue No. 2
September 2010
Sustainalytics Reporter
Editorial message

Sustainalytics celebrates its first year as a global entity

September 2010 marks Sustainalytics' first anniversary as a truly global firm. During this period we have expanded our reach with offices in Boston and Madrid. We also have launched products and services and designed to keep clients abreast of changes in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of listed companies. As we continue to expand, Sustainalytics remains dedicated to providing independent, reliable and high quality ESG research and analysis.

Inside Sustainalytics

Michael Jantzi  receives the 2010 Canadian SRI Lifetime Achievement Award

On June 15, 2010, during the Social Investment Organization (SIO) conference in Toronto, Michael Jantzi, CEO of Sustainalytics received the Canadian SRI Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Canadian socially responsible investment industry.

Sustainalytics launches two new compliance services

This fall, Sustainalytics launches two new compliance services. The Sudan Compliance Service will help institutional investors ensure compliance with applicable legislation by identifying companies involved in Sudan. The Iran Compliance Service will help institutional investors ensure compliance with legislation and mitigate risks involved in investing in traded companies in Iran. For more information, please contact us.

Sustainalytics' Perspective

Questions and Answers from the Cocoa webinar available now!

Following our successful webinar on child labour in the cocoa industry held last July 6th, presenters Esther Hougee and Anna Pot answered all the questions that could not be dealt with during the session. Please read the Questions and Answers here. For more background information about the topic, please read Bitter Harvest: Child Labour in the Cocoa Supply Chain.

Save the Date for Sustainalytics' webinar: Investor Risk in the Minerals Supply Chain in the Congo 

On October 27, Sustainalytics will host its next webinar on investor risk in the minerals supply chain in the Congo. Azadeh Sabour and Matthew Barg will give insight into how conflict is strongly embedded in the minerals supply chain and how information and communication technology companies and investors can mitigate the risk of complicity in the human rights abuses against citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More details will be available soon, in the meantime, we invite you to read Complicity in the Congo: Investor Risk in the Minerals Supply Chain.

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The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment now has more than 800 signatories

According to the latest figures on its web site, the UNPRI now has a total of 803 signatories, of which 208 are asset owners, 440 are investment managers and 155 are service providers. "Reaching 800 signatories with more than $20trn in assets after four years is a great achievement for the PRI," the UN PRI's Executive Director James Gifford told Responsible Investor. "The PRI is now seen as an emerging norm in many parts of the investment industry."

About Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics is a global leader in sustainability research and analysis for investors and financial institutions, specialised in analysing environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria for companies, institutions and countries. We provide a global perspective, underpinned by nearly 20 years of local experience and expertise in the responsible investment and traditional socially responsible investment markets. Internationally, the firm operates as Sustainalytics and as Jantzi-Sustainalytics in North America. The firm is headquartered in Amsterdam with local offices in Boston, Frankfurt, Madrid and Toronto.
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SRI World News

Vedanta Resources in the firing line of investors

The Indian metals and mining company Vedanta Resources has been in the spotlight lately. The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest rejected Vedanta's planned bauxite mining project in the Orissa region because of its negative environmental, social and cultural impacts. As a result the company's share price dropped by 10 per cent. Moreover, a group of UK pension funds publicly criticized the company for not listening to its shareholders' ESG concerns. To know more about Vedanta's profile and controversies, please contact Sustainalytics' Global Compact team at  

Investors Put Gender on the Agenda

On August 21, a coalition of global investors managing over US$ 73 billion of assets called on companies across the world to increase representation of qualified women on boards of directors and in senior management. The investors are responding to a survey of 4,200 global companies that found only 9.4 per cent of directors on corporate boards were women. This is despite numerous studies suggesting that companies with more women in senior management have superior financial performance or higher earnings.

Meet Sustainalytics in your region

4th Taking ESG Into Account in Frankfurt
14 and 15 September 2010
Axel Wilhelm will represent Sustainalytics at this event.
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DZ Bank Investment Dialog: Was ist meht wert?- Mit Verantwortung Wachsen in Frankfurt
15 September 2010
Axel Wilhelm will represent Sustainalytics at this event.
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PRI in Person (UNPRI Annual Event)
5-6 October 2010
Among Sustainalytics' representatives, Darragh Gallant and Michael Jantzi will be present at this event.
ESG Europe 2010 - Investor-Corporate Summit in Amsterdam
13 October 2010
Diederik Timmer will be amongst Sustainalytics' representatives at the event and Michael Jantzi will be speaking in a panel.
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TBLI Europe 2010 in London
11-12 November 2010
Diederik Timmer will be amongst Sustainalytics' representatives at this event.
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SRI in the Rockies in San Antonio, Texas
18-21 November 2010
Darragh Gallant will be one of Sustainalytics' representatives at this event, while Michael Jantzi will speak in a panel.
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