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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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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 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 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:
Paul Severin am 21st March 2016

„Everything is good when it is made of chocolate“


Our latest issue of our sustainability magazine (ESG-Letter) deals with chocolate.
Austrians love chocolate, no matter what aggregate state. Solid, as melting bar, liquid, as hot chocolate, or gaseous, as perfume or aphrodisiac. We have a sweet tooth and love our chocolate. But what does this have to do with sustainability? A lot, as we believe.

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Gerold Permoser am 02nd October 2015

Water as a scarce resource


Dr. Strangelove is one of my favourite films. Pure genius, all the way through! In one of the bizarre scenes that illustrate the madness of the nuclear threat, the manic Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (nomen est omen) explains to Captain mandrake, played by Peter Sellers, why he has just triggered a nuclear war and thus the end of the world: the Soviet Union are trying to destroy the West by contaminating the water.

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Gerold Permoser am 24th August 2015

Does dialogue make sense?


Gerold Permoser, Chief Sustainable Investment Officer at Erste Asset Management, finds a perfectly clear answer to this: When investors communicate with companies (both investable and not), this dialogue will lead to improvements. The publicity that might follow does not harm, either.
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Paul Severin am 24th July 2015

To invest sustainably means to assume responsibility


Paul Severin interviewed Heinz Bednar, CEO of Erste Asset Management on the importance of sustainable investments.

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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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