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Paul Severin am 08th July 2015

Dialogue is worthwhile – An example of Erste Asset Management’s Engagement

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Engagement means that investors enter into a dialogue with companies, aiming to persuade them to act more responsibly. This can be a long and tedious process, but this kind of communication is certainly worthwhile.

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Paul Severin am 03rd July 2015

Social responsibility and transparency: can investors influence companies?

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The bribery scandal at FIFA has shown what huge reputations risks companies may face if they do business with partners that do not care about environmental, social, and corporate governance standards (ESG). The discussion about ESG has therefore gained in importance over the past months. The investors play an important part in this context, as they can themselves nudge companies towards social responsibility and transparency. Gerold Permoser, Chief Investment Officer of Erste Asset Management (EAM) in Vienna explains why the so-called engagement is important.

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Paul Severin am 18th June 2015

Building industry: The jungle of sustainability certificates

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Construction is becoming sustainable: More and more buildings carry so-called “green building labels”, but only few of these certificates are transnational. Follow Erste Asset Management on its trip trough the green label jungle.

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Paul Severin am 29th May 2015

FIFA’s corruption scandal holds reputation risk for sponsors

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The latest FIFA corruption scandal holds reputation risk for sponsors. Many sponsors continue to prioritise the advertising value over the responsible organization of events. Improvements will only happen if sponsors insist on new, transparent rules.

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Paul Severin am 28th May 2015

Who convinced us with their sustainable way of building

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Sustainable building means energy-efficient construction. Styrofoam insulation is usually the magic word, but it is a non-breathable material and can therefore lead to mold. Also, it can catch fire easily. Therefore, the German Steico Group has turned away from these materials, becoming one of the largest suppliers in the field of ecological building materials. With the use of wood fibers Steico provides an improved indoor climate. The material costs may be higher in the beginning but in the long run it will save costs. Energy and CO2 emissions can already be reduced in the production of raw materials, which is partly due to the fact that the wood used comes from sustainably managed forests.

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Paul Severin am 22nd May 2015

Are renewable energies a worthwhile investment?

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Environment and sustainability are gaining more and more importance in today´s society. In this interview about his special fund, Clemens Klein reveals why solar stocks are interesting in particular.

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Paul Severin am 30th April 2015

Bangladesch – The current situation in the textile industry

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Last Friday, 24 April marked the second anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh, in which more than 1,100 people perished. Immediately following the disaster, which represented the climax of a string of similar events in the textile industry there, the Bangladesh Memorandum was adopted. ERSTE-SPARINVEST was one of the first major asset management companies to join this initiative as a signatory. In this interview, Alexander Osojnik, Senior ESG Analyst at Erste Asset Management (EAM), speaks about developments in the global textile industry.

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Gerold Permoser am 20th April 2015

The Tower of Babel

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It is one of the best-known stories from the Bible: Man wants to see eye to eye with God and starts building a tower towards heaven; and God punishes man’s hubris with Babylonian confusion. Bereft of a common language, mankind fails to finish the tower.

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