November 14, 2012
2012 ESG Leaders Award Winners announced by TBLI Group
by Robert Kropp
SJF Ventures, oekom research, and Hazel Henderson are among the recipients of awards for
achievements in sustainable investment by institutional capital owners.
TBLI Group, a Netherlands-based sustainable
finance consultant, announced this month the winners of its annual ESG (environmental, social, and
corporate governance) Leaders Awards. The awards are intended to highlight achievements by
institutional investors in sustainable investment.
The winner of the award for
outstanding contribution to development of ESG and impact investing was Hazel Henderson, the founder of Ethical Markets, a Florida-based media company whose
mission is to foster public understanding of issues relating to sustainability. Henderson is the
author of nine books, including Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy. She also collaborated
with Calvert Investments in the development
of the Calvert-Henderson Quality of
SJF Ventures, a venture capital partnership headquartered in
Durham, NC, received the award for the best impact investing product. Earlier this year, SJF
announced the initial closing of its SJF Ventures III fund, which leverages equity investments to
growth-stage cleantech companies throughout the US. The Fund is the first Small Business Investment
Company (SBIC) Impact Fund to be licensed by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
research, headquartered in Germany, won the award for best research house/consultant. Oekom has
been analyzing the environmental and social performance of companies and countries for almost 20
years. "We see the award as a recognition of our commitment over the last two decades to
transparent and high-quality analysis of the sustainability performance of companies and
countries," said Robert Haßler, CEO of oekom.
Other winners include Evangelisches
Johannesstift for best investor in ESG, and Vontobel Asset Management for best asset manager
investing in ESG.
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