Micol Alexandria Chiesa, PhD
Lecturer in Circular Economy at Oxford University
The increasing global focus on environmental investments raises concern about the relationship between a firm’s cost of capital and its corporate environmental (ESG) performance. However, there is little research on the topic.
The previous literature on corporate finance has found that capital constraints play a role in companies’ investment decisions. This article contributes to the existing corporate finance literature by looking at the impact of the cost of corporate debt and the degree of leverage on corporate environmental performance (CEP). The literature identifies debt financing as an important resource for helping organizations implement their strategies, particularly environmental ones. However, the findings suggest that a prospective higher cost of debt may cause firms to deviate from their environmental objectives, thus achieving lower CEP.
Christoph Klein, CFA, CEFA, Dipl. Kaufm.
We constructed a discriminant function that includes an ESG factor. It has a higher explanatory power in discriminating between industrial companies’ good and poor credit qualities than similar models that don’t include an ESG factor.
While empirical credit quality research has focused on “classic” credit ratios in the past, we find that adding at least one ESG factor improves quantitative credit-rating models.
This study is designed first to define a corporate universe, second to preselect relevant credit ratios and ESG factors, third to generate and analyze the database, fourth to calculate and discuss the discriminant function, and finally to assess the final model using specific in- and out-of-sample case studies.
Kim Schumacher, PhD, Guest Editor of JEI Vol 10, no 1 (2020)
So far, 2020 has proven to be a year of profound global turmoil, affecting all aspects of human life. From the socio-economic Covid-19 disruptions and protests against racial inequality to the continuously escalating climate crisis, humanity is at a veritable crossroads in terms of addressing and remedying past, present, and future risks to society and the planet. With the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global community has established ambitious yet critical targets to safeguard and improve the lives of present and future generations. In order to achieve these goals, numerous stakeholders, including law- and policy-makers, industry and civil society representatives, and academia, have been developing and conceptualizing appropriate tools and strategies.
Fixed income securities that integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have become a crucial component of most sustainable investment and climate-related risk management strategies. Global green bond issuance has grown from USD 87.2 billion in 2016 to USD 257.7 billion in 2019. By providing the most comprehensive overview to date of all green bond variants, this 2020 issue of the Journal of Environmental Investing explores the core attributes of green bonds, such as their potential returns from financial and nonfinancial angles, taxonomical and underlying conceptual considerations, and academic assessments of the market as a whole. The authors of this issue provide contemporary insights and an up-to-date snapshot of the evolving characteristics of climate and green bonds.
by Szilárd Erhart, Unit ENV F.1 – SDGs, Green Finance & Economic Analysis, Directorate-General for Environment
Arina Abbott oversees marketing at Green Alpha Advisors, an asset manager that invests public equities in the innovation-driven, sustainable economy.
EOS Climate has just completed the first project to generate verified emission reductions (VERs), also known as carbon credits, from the reclamation and re-use of hyrdofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants.
JEI Publisher Angelo Calvello explores “Divestment as Abdication” in his December column for Chief Investment Officer (CIO) magazine. Homing in on the unique nature of the fossil fuel divestment campaign, he advises CIOs to embrace divestment, but as a call to action: identify, measure, and manage exposure to the risks of carbon and climate with existing analytical tools.
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