External managers are obliged to comply with greenhouse gas emission rules, forming part of the Ping An's efforts to lift ESG standards in China.
Asian asset owners are gradually embracing the idea that environmental, social and governance strategies can be an effective form of risk control.
The Canadian asset manager has poached Emily Chew from index provider MSCI for the global role in Hong Kong, amid rising asset owner interest in sustainable investing.
The concept of incorporating environmental, social and governance principles into investment strategies is gradually gaining traction among Asia's larger institutions.
Investment executives say focusing on environmental, social and governance factors is beneficial for portfolios, but that better data is needed to convince Asian investors.
Signatory institutions to the UN's Principles for Responsible Investment – which includes almost none in Asia beyond Australia and Japan – must do more in this area, says a UN report.
Private equity has seen the most change and it has become very common for asset owners to integrate ESG factors into their selection process, says NZ Super's Anne-Maree O'Connor