News in brief: 13 August

- Mercer has announced the global expansion of its sustainable investment (SI) capabilities by an additional 30 per cent to meet growing demand.

This will include new hires to the global sustainable investment team based in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, US and UK. Mercer also continues to increase its focus on sustainability in manager research and has appointed Sarika Goel to the newly created role of global head of sustainable investment research.

- KGAL Investment Management has launched its first renewable energy impact fund, KGAL ESPF 5, adding to its ESPF product series.

This latest fund is one of the first impact funds under Article 9, which is the highest standard in terms of sustainability. KGAL ESPF 5 will give institutional investors the opportunity to simultaneously pursue their financial goals and to have a positive impact on the global environment. The decision to launch KGAL ESPF 5 is in response to the increasing institutional demand that KGAL has experienced since creating its ESPF product series.

- Hymans Robertson has joined the impact investing community, Pensions for Purpose.

The membership is part of its ongoing commitment to responsible investment as it continues its focus on helping clients manage the challenges and opportunities relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements. Last month it launched a new action group, the Climate Impact initiative, with the aim of encouraging pension providers to offer climate-friendly investment options, which was supported by Pensions for Purpose.

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