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ESG Insider: London tops 'green' list, investors sound off on proxy season

The ESG Insider newsletter compiles news and insights into environmental, social and governance developments driving change in business and investment decisions. Subscribe to our ESG Insider newsletter here, and listen to the newest ESG Insider podcast here.

Western Europe once again topped a U.K. think tank's annual index ranking the world's leading financial hubs based on their "greenness." Our newsletter this week also dives into the growth of sustainable investments around the world, detailed by our Chart of the Week showing Japan's rise to become the world's third-largest market for sustainable investing. And in our latest ESG Insider podcast, hear how an activist investor convinced one of the world's biggest banks to disclose a new and unflattering gender pay gap.

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Western European cities take the lead in green finance

London, Paris and Amsterdam once again were tapped as the highest-ranking financial cities in the world based on "greenness," according to a U.K. think tank's annual index. Meanwhile, Russia, South Korea and the U.S. were named some of the worst markets for green-finance leadership.

It's proxy season: Investors and companies are facing off over these ESG issues

This proxy season, shareholders filed proposals on hundreds of environmental, social and sustainability issues at U.S. companies. In the latest episode of the ESG Insider podcast, co-hosts Lindsey White and Esther Whieldon talk to the activist shareholders behind proposals related to climate change, gender diversity and corporate political spending.

ESG becoming 'mature' market as sustainable assets hit $30.7 trillion in 2018

Across the globe, institutional and retail investors are pouring more money than ever before in sustainable investments, which spiked 34% from 2016 to 2018, according to a new report. As shown by our Chart of the Week below, the biggest uptake of ESG strategies between 2016 and 2018 came from Japan where sustainable investment assets climbed more than 300% over the two-year span.

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Experts say secret to action on climate change includes making it personal

Dominion to further cut carbon, methane emissions through renewable investments

Companies eye new opening to engage in climate policy lobbying

Social

LGBTQ equality index gives over 570 companies globally 100% scores

McDonald's to stop lobbying against minimum wage hikes

Analysis: Ad bias claims against Facebook raise wider targeting concerns

Governance

Republicans question proxy advisory firms' growing influence on US companies

US SEC lets PNM block resolution seeking to include climate expert on board

CEO's 2018 pay package drops almost 3% as BP misses cash flow targets

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