Investing in the Environment

The direction of this year’s Davos talks point to a subtle yet material shift of responsibility for the environment from public to corporate spheres. The WEF has gone so far as to issue a manual on Climate Governance for Corporate Boards, suggesting that it is for boards to monitor and mitigate related risks. While the…

Jeremy Grantham’s $1 Billion Plan to Fight Climate Change – Bloomberg

Terrifying an audience is one of Jeremy Grantham’s specialties. The legendary investor, co-founder of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo (GMO), is famous for predicting doom. And he’s famous for being right, with a remarkable record of spotting investment bubbles before they pop, notably the 2000 tech crash and 2008 financial crisis.These days, the topic of Grantham’s…

How to rescue the global climate change agenda | Financial Times

The depressing reality about climate change is that we could solve the problem, at manageable cost, but are failing to do so. This failure is due to a mixture of blindness and self-deception. The blindness comes from those, such as US president Donald Trump, who deny the reality of climate change. The self-deception comes from…

Report: Pensions in a Changing Climate

A new report from Share Action finds that pension funds are not doing an adequate job of disclosing climate risk in their portfolios. The most striking finding of our analysis reveals that over 60% of pension funds publish little or no information on their climate responses, placing them at risk of breaching their legal duties…

2018 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change

415 investors representing over USD $32 trillion in assets have signed a statement calling for portfolio companies to “implement the actions that are needed to achieve the goals of the [Paris Climate] Agreement, with the utmost urgency.” They call on global leaders to: • Achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals ■ Update and strengthen nationally-determined contributions…

A.G. Underwood Files Lawsuit Against Exxonmobil For Defrauding Investors Regarding Financial Risk The Company Faces From Climate Change Regulations  | New York State Attorney General

Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”), alleging that the company misled investors regarding the risk that climate change regulations posed to its business. As alleged in the complaint, Exxon for years assured investors that it was accounting for the likelihood of increasingly stringent regulation of greenhouse gas…

PWC on Corporate Boards: Cyber Threats, #Metoo, Diversity, and What Shareholders Want

PWC on Corporate Boards: Cyber Threats, #Metoo, Diversity, and What Shareholders Want PWC’s annual director survey is one of our most trusted resources on corporate governance from the perspective of the boardroom, and this year’s edition has some significant findings on issues like diversity, CEO pay, climate change, cybersecurity, and the gap between what board members…

Clean up climate change? It’s just good for business. – The Washington Post

If the world’s largest companies live up to the promises they’ve made to slow climate change, together they could reduce emissions by an amount equal to those of Germany. The corporate pledges gained new attention this week after an ominous report was issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which said that government policies…

BlackRock joins with Wespath to widen its low-carbon strategy | Financial Times

BlackRock has teamed up with a US client to explore fresh ways to invest in the low-carbon economy as fund management groups hunt for opportunities that arise from the shift to sustainable energy use.<P><P>The world’s largest asset manager with $6.3tn of assets, and Wespath Benefits and Investments, which manages $23bn on behalf of the United…