Partners & networks

 

Strategic Partner

oekom research AG - founded in 1993 - is one of the world's leading rating agencies. In June 2012, GES and oekom research announced a strategic partnership in order to meet an increasing demand for responsible investment services in the German-speaking markets and the Nordic. The partnership enable clients of oekom research to apply GES’ global engagement services to their existing supply of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, while GES is able to serve its clients supported by the manifold services offered by oekom research and its detailed ratings of companies and countries.

Partners

ICCR, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, holds a unique position in North America with its 40 years of experience in shareholder advocacy, representing nearly 300 organisations with collective assets totalling over $100 billion. Its track record can be followed through thousands of shareholder resolutions that members have filed throughout the years on major social and environmental issues, several of them resulting in positive change. As an associate member, GES has full access to ICCR’s Shareholder Actions database and its influential investor network, thereby providing GES' clients with a significant opportunity for collaborative engagement.

 

NASDAQ OMX is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with approximately 3,700 listed companies. Together with GES, NASDAQ OMX has created an index family of sustainability and ethical indexes on the Nordic markets, out of which the first one was launched in 2004.

 

SIRP, Sustainable Investment Research Platform, is a research project funded by the Swedish Mistra Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research. The research is performed by an academic consortium led by Professor Lars Hassel at Umeå School of Business. Based on data from e.g. GES, it has resulted in a series of internationally recognised working papers.

AFGE, the French Association of Corporate Governance promotes good corporate governance standards as well as recommends the adoption of CSR strategies and ethical principles.

 

Global Child Forum, is an international independent platform for research, dialogue, information and action into children’s rights, initiated by Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Global Child Forum discusses the most pressing issues facing children and showcases what pioneering companies are doing to ensure that children’s rights are protected in all their business dealings.

Networks

ARISE, the Association for Responsible Investment Services, is a trade association for Responsible Investment research organisations, of which GES is a founding member. In order to promote high professional standards in the field, ARISE provides independent verification according to the voluntary quality standard ARISTA®. GES was one of seven organisations receiving the first certification in March 2009. Click here to view the latest ARISTA® certification.

Caring for Climate is a voluntary and complementary action platform for UN Global Compact participants who seek to demonstrate leadership on the issue of climate change by taking measures to reduce their carbon footprint. GES was the first RI service provider to sign the statement.

Concito started in 2008 as the first green think tank in Denmark. Its purpose is to analyse how the necessary change for a climate neutral society can happen in Denmark and the rest of the world. Some of Denmark's largest business corporations have joined as well as GES.

CSR Forum is a Danish network of individual practitioners within Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Its aim is to contribute to the development and understanding of CSR by offering experience sharing through various arrangements and working groups.

 

Dansif is the Danish Social Investment Forum for players with a substantial interest in socially responsible investment (SRI). The objective is to spread and interchange experiences among the members of the society as well as tofacilitate a diversified debate on SRI.

FINSIF is Finland’s Sustainable Investment Forum and was launched on June 10, 2010, with 18 founding members, including GES. One of the main purposes of FINSIF is to be a forum for information sharing in order to promote the development of Responsible Investment in Finland.

Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG) is the regional Sustainable Investment Forum for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It strives to promote the developmen of Sustainable Investment and to improve the legal and political framework for this market. GES Switzerland is one of nearly 100 members.

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is an investor initiative in partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact. The Principles provide a framework for investment professionals on how to incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into mainstream investment decision-making and ownership practices. GES is a signatory to the Principles.

SWESIF is Sweden's Sustainable Investment Forum and was founded in 2003. It has approximately 20 members, including GES. Some of SWESIF's long-term goals are to increase knowledge about sustainable investment in Sweden and contribute to relevant statistics on this.

Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) - a Swiss organisation for responsible investing - strengthens the position of Switzerland in the global marketplace for sustainable finance by informing, educating and catalyzing growth. The association, founded in 2014, has representation in Zurich, Geneva and Lugano. SSF unites members and network partners from financial service providers, investors, universities and business schools, public sector entities and other interested organisations.

ICGN, International Corporate Governance Network, established in 1995, is a non-profit membership organisation whose mission is to inspire effective standards of corporate governance to advance efficient markets world-wide. They achieve this through the ICGN Global Governance Principles which are implemented by: influencing public policy, connecting peers at global events to provide a forum for dialogue between companies, investors and other stakeholders as well as informing knowledge through guidance and education to stimulate awareness of responsible share ownership.

 

UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. GES joined the Global Compact in 2004 and annually reports on our adherence to the principles.

Read GES' latest Communication on Progress to UN Global Compact.