More than three-quarters (184) of the managers analysed formally commited as responsible investors, but most of these (147) “miss the opportunity to share their approach and actively incorporate it into their brand”, according to the index report.Only 13 companies had a clearly articulated purpose, of which only three “truly connect to a greater societal impact”: Hermes Investment Management, AXA Investment Management and Swedbank Asset Management.“The common unifier for a successful position of both committing to ESG and reflecting this in the brand architecture is to clearly articulate and link an intrinsic, inner guiding purpose, connected to tangible social impact,” according to the index report.Ten companies scored highly on branding but had a low commitment rating, which was interpreted as “their aspiration having not yet been translated into action”. Many European asset managers commit to responsible investment but do not actively incorporate this into how they convey their identity, according to two Swiss brand consultancies.Brand Affairs and H-Ideas – which advise companies on branding and marketing – analysed 239 European investment groups ranked in IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers to evaluate whether management companies’ “good intent” was also communicated through their brands.The companies collated the data the ‘H&K Responsible Investment Brand Index’.Actual commitment, according to the index, was demonstrated through hard facts, such as committing to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and “the intent that transpires from within asset managers through their brand, best visible in openly and transparently communicated vision and purpose statements”. According to the index authors, asset managers should make “finding, articulating and communicating purpose a strategy priority”.Markus Kramer, partner at Brand Affairs, said: “Especially in a world that is becoming increasingly transparent and competitive and where sustainability is on everyone’s lips, a clear definition of one’s own values and vision is the key to a successful responsible investment branding and long-term business success.”Kramer developed the index with Jean-François Hirschel, founder and CEO of H-Ideas.Size no impediment, geography influentialSize did not appear to have a significant bearing on asset managers’ ability to integrate responsible investment into its branding, according to the index. The 47 companies that achieved an above-average score were responsible for €211bn each on average, compared with €202bn for the total peer group average.Geographical location did appear to have a major impact on index rankings, however. There were significantly more French businesses among the 47 best-practice companies than from other countries. Swiss and Benelux asset managers were also well represented, while German companies were strongly under-represented.The index considered the extent to which sustainable development lies at the heart of a company’s identity.
Now, infuriatingly, all the Warriors hear are congratulations on their rare good fortune, a form of condescension, as if patting children who were allowed to stay up past their bedtime — last season — on the head.“I kind of want to just say, I apologize for us being healthy,” said Steph Curry at practice last week.“I apologize for us playing who was in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very truly sorry. We’ll rectify that situation this year.”Steph, of course, is their waif-sized superstar who can joke about it.“It’s like a bitter female,” said Draymond Green, the rough-and-tumble Warrior with the attitude. “Like, you ever dealt with a bitter female that’s just scorned?“God! That’s rough. When you’re dealing with a bitter female that’s scorned, that’s one of the worst things in the world.”Of course, if insults are where you find them, that seems to be everywhere the Warriors look.Take Houston, where newly arrived Ty Lawson noted that Curry “was just chillin’ on defense” in the West Finals victory over the Rockets — which, of course, wouldn’t have happened with Ty there, according to Ty — and James Harden’s continuing insistence he deserved the MVP that went to Curry.With a preseason West Finals replay last week in Oakland, the Rockets left Harden, Lawson, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Jason Terry and Donatas Motiejunas at home.Of course, before everyone decided that they were a bunch of cocky big-talking newcomers, opposing teams said the same thing about the Clippers.What opposing teams really don’t like is that Golden State won, and they didn’t.As for real issues, the Warriors don’t have any, so they don’t figure to be going away.If they were in the East, they could coast in from opening night, but they’re in the West where they’ll have to beat out the reloaded Spurs with LaMarcus Aldridge; the revamped Clippers with Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson; the rehabbed Thunder with Kevin Durant back, the 56-win Rockets, the 55-win Grizzlies and any other teams that put it together.If everything went right a year ago, Steve Kerr, who presided over this miracle as a rookie coach, will miss the preseason following back surgery.With his No. 1 lieutenant, Alvin Gentry, now coaching New Orleans, that puts even less experienced Luke Walton in charge.The Warriors were so impressive in last fall’s preseason, even Rivers, their nemesis, said he knew they had something lasting.This fall they started 1-2 and Green noted, passionately if not arithmetically, “We’ve had three games and I don’t think neither one of them has been us.”It’s just the preseason so no biggie, but the real deal looms when heaven’s gift to last season is just another West contender. All the Warriors accomplished was yesterday, but yesterday’s gone. “You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us or the Spurs.”Not that the Clippers were the Spurs, either, but they did beat them in last spring’s first round.Unfortunately for the Clips, they blew that 19-point lead when they were about to close out the Rockets in six games and went down the drain in Game 7.If the Warriors were a rude shock to the old elite teams, they were also a breath of fresh air, or a gift from heaven.They put on a nightly fireworks show with their deadeye backcourt of the ages, finishing No. 1 in offense at 110 points a game, 3.3 more than the No. 2 Clippers; went 67-15 to win the West by 11 games, then helped draw the highest Finals TV ratings since Michael Jordan’s Bulls while polishing off the wounded Cavaliers in six games. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown, especially in the NBA’s Western Conference, where crowned heads like those of the Warriors are often soon lopped off.Aside from the Spurs and Lakers, no team has come out of the West draw in back-to-back seasons in 20 years.The Lakers, of course, haven’t done it lately and, as people keep telling the Warriors, they’re not the Spurs.As Clippers coach Doc Rivers told Grantland: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Mid-season High School basketball tournaments will kick into full gear starting Saturday for the South-Central Border League and the Chaparral Tournament involving Wellington, Belle Plaine and Conway Springs.The brackets for both tournaments were released today. The SCBL Tournament is here.Â and the Chaparral Tournament is here. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments