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Investment houses collaborate on social and environmental issues

Eight institutional investors are forming a group to research and identify best practice for communicating with companies on social and environmental issues. Co-operative Insurance Society, Henderson Global Investors, Insight Investment, ISIS Asset Management, Jupiter Asset Management, Morley Fund Management, Schroder Investment Management and Universities Superannuation Scheme will support the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and the Pharmaceutical Shareowners Group.

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