ESG Risk Factors and Tail-Risk Mitigation

        Zsolt Simon, MSc; PhD candidate Risk and Performance Analyst at Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Switzerland Chiara Legnazzi, PhD Risk and Performance Analyst at Bank J. Safra Sarasin, Switzerland Disclaimer: This article is research in progress representing the opinions of the authors only as per the date of writing and may be changed at any time without notice. Neither the …

Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Outcomes: Some Intuition on Interpreting Statistical Models

A Comment on “ESG Risk Factors and Tail-Risk Mitigation” E. Mark Curtis, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Wake Forest University In recent years there has been a push from investors, activists and consumers to obtain more information on the sustainability practices of the companies in which they invest and from whom they purchase goods and services. As such, a …

The Proof in the Pipeline: Fossil Fuels and Social Inequality

Arina Abbott oversees marketing at Green Alpha Advisors, an asset manager that invests public equities in the innovation-driven, sustainable economy. While fossil fuel risk has reared its ugly head in the form of blazing fires, stronger storms, and oil-stained beaches, the U.S. remains home to the highest number of climate change deniers in the world. Meanwhile, systemic inequality has continued …

EOS Climate Solution: HFC Credits

EOS Climate Innovative Market Solution Curbs Carbon Emissions From HFCs HFC (hyrdofluorocarbon) refrigerants are significant contributors to climate change, and they continue to be produced and used for refrigeration and cooling in tens of millions of homes, office buildings, supermarkets, and automobiles. Global efforts are underway to reduce emissions of HFCs: The Parties to the Montreal Protocol are creating a …

Climate Change Finance Data: Looking Under the Hood

Patrick Reed Yale University     Gabe Rissman Yale University     Logan Yonavjak Yale University MBA/MF Candidate, 2016     Contributing Authors Evan Dryland, MBA Associate, JP Morgan Chase     Yonatan Landau, MBA Independent Consultant     Dillon Lanius NYU Stern MBA Candidate, 2016     Sebastian Vanderzeil, MBA  Global Thematic Analyst, Cornerstone Capital       Abstract …

Six Years Back, Six Forward

Tony Lent, MBA Co-Managing Partner, Aldwych Environmental and Renewables Group       This past December, 196 governments signed on to a global climate agreement in Paris. One of the surprises of the conference was the strong turnout of major corporations and asset owners making public their commitment to address climate within their remits. The government plans that were agreed …

Reflecting on My Journey from Student to Practitioner

Environmental Alpha Against a Backdrop of Industry Change   Katherine Burstein McGinn, CFA       When a professor first introduced me to the concept of sustainable investing, the academic literature in which I immersed myself mostly explored the positive and negative impacts of exclusionary screening. That was 2007. At the time, there was already evidence that of the three …

Impact through Shareholder Engagement

Tim Smith Director of Environmental, Social & Governance Shareholder Engagement, Walden Asset Management       In the early 1970s, business history was made when religious investors filed the first shareholder resolutions on a social issue. The company was General Motors and the issue was GM’s investment in South Africa, a country known for apartheid and racial segregation. In those …

Into the Blue

Liesel van Ast Natural Capital Declaration Programme Manager, Global Canopy Programme     Water as a critical resource is virtually invisible to capital markets. Yet the landmark international climate-change agreement adopted in Paris in December 2015 invites financial institutions to provide information on how climate finance will incorporate “climate-proofing.”[1] The deal aims to strengthen the global response to climate change …

Pollution: Next on the Global Environmental Agenda | The JEI

And The Positive Health Impacts of Environmental Investing   Richard Fuller Co-Chairman of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health, and Development; Founder and President of Great Forest, Inc.; and Founder and President of Pure Earth     Alexander Preker, MD, PhD President and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation; a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Pollution, Health, …