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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 12th February 2018

Disastrous environmental balance of Bitcoin

Stefanie Schock, sustainable investment team Erste Asset Management

The entire Bitcoin network already requires more energy than Peru or Hong Kong, or almost half of Austria’s power supply. Such a development is clearly at odds with achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, i.e. to curb global warming to below 2 degrees.

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Paul Severin am 12th December 2017

Logistics keeps the economy moving

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Logistics makes sure the economy keeps moving. Today our world would not be conceivable without it.

From an economic point of view, the multiple transport of goods across Europe does make sense but from a sustainable point of view, the environment suffers from increased CO2 and fine particle pollution, exhaust gases and noise. The speed at which goods are transported increases steadily and thus also the burden of the workers involved therein.


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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 16th October 2017

Dividend shares with new momentum

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Author: Dieter Kerschbaum, Communications Specialist Österreich


Half a year ago we launched a new equity fund, which offers an investment opportunity in global equities with a stable dividend yield above market average. At the same time, we take into account criteria of sustainability as well as social and ethical criteria in the stock picking process. We spoke with Alexander Sikora-Sickl, who is responsible for the investment process, about the performance since the launch of the fund and about the environment for dividend shares.

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Gerold Permoser am 12th September 2017

Sustainability? Possibly more important than you might think!

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I have recently read an interesting research report by one of our independent research partners, Gavekal Research. Gavekal Research is based in Hong Kong, and one of its strengths is its deep knowledge of the Asian market. The piece titled “Good Governance, Poor Performance” discusses good corporate governance. This is a central pillar of traditional as well as sustainable investment.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 16th August 2017

German car (emission) cartel excluded from responsible investment universe

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Author: Walter Hatak, Research Analyst


Did VW, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and BMW collude to form a cartel? Did they deliberately try to suspend competition? The media seem to have discovered a violation of anti-trust law, and their research suggests a link between the diesel emissions scandal and the agreements reached in joint task groups.


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Paul Severin am 19th June 2017

How microfinance funds can reduce child labour

By channelling their assets into microfinance funds, investors can contribute to reducing child labour. This is the opinion held by Martin Cech, Senior Fund Manager with Erste Asset Management.

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Paul Severin am 02nd June 2017

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord

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We have talked to the ESG analyst team of Erste AM about Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord in a roundtable discussion: Dominik Benedikt, Alexander Osojnik, Stefanie Schock, and Walter Hatak.

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Paul Severin am 04th April 2017

A tightrope walk between profit and responsibility


Power comes from the socket. Hidden behind it, lies a reality that is a tightrope walk between supply and demand. An imbalance causes blackouts. Energy produced from renewable sources is particularly volatile. A solution for this problem are energy storage devices, especially batteries. The latter offer the advantage of being able to efficiently store power that has been produced locally (e.g. by solar cells). They also make power mobile and can replace petrol and diesel in our cars. In our interview, Dominik Benedikt, Senior ESG-Analyst Erste Asset Management, explains the effects of the rising demand for batteries with regard to environmental, social, and governance aspects.

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Paul Severin am 20th March 2017

How sustainable are batteries?


A growing number of devices do not need a constant connection to the power grid anymore and therefore allow a mobile usage. Batteries ensure that power is available regardless of its time and place of production. In a world that does not work without energy we need storage units that can provide large amounts of energy. However, every solution to this problem comes with a price tag, also in terms of sustainability.

Read the current issue of our sustainable Magazine ERSTE RESPONSIBLE RETURN – The ESG Letter here:
Paul Severin am 14th December 2016

Toys: A happy Christmess!

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At Christmas, gifts have become tradition. For all those with children, toys are among the most popular Christmas presents.

However, a look into history reveals that Christmas and presents have not always gone together. Meanwhile, the toy industry has long since become a huge business.

Reason enough to scrutinize toy manufacturers in terms of sustainability. Our sustainability experts are addressing this issue in the current sustainability magazine.
Read the current issue here:

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