Given a choice, consumers will pick the greener one

– In the study, households choose a renewable energy option as its standard. – It appears that non-monetary incentives can be highly effective in both the household and business sectors. Here’s an excerpt from this study: In two large-scale field studies in Switzerland of over 200,000 households and 8,000 enterprises, we found that presenting renewable…

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A new podcast: “Conversations with GCs”

The American Bar Association has a dozen podcasts – and the latest one is called “Conversations with GCs” and is hosted by David Hamm, who is in-house at Summit Materials. The podcast focuses on what goes in within the minds of a General Counsel; the first episode has been posted…

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What’s the difference between “impact investors” and “ESG integration investors”?

In this note, Nawar Alsaadi explains the difference between “impact investors” and “ESG integration investors” and provides us this nifty chart: I have created this chart to highlight the difference between impact investors and ESG integration investors in terms of capital allocation data points. Although, both parties evaluate the same data, impact investors tend to…

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BlackRock to allow clients to pass-through their votes!

Here comes some big news from this “Pensions & Investments” article entitled “BlackRock gives institutional investors proxy-voting choices.” Also see this blog from Liz Dunshee, indicating that this change will apply to about 40% of BlackRock’s managed assets beginning January 1st. This note from Andreas Posavac drives the point home: This is actually quite big.…

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What is the role of the central banks for climate change?

– The central banks have a role to play for climate change. – The Fed Reserve has created two panels, one focused on financial stability risks and the other on climate stress tests. – The NGFS has issued a paper with 9 ways that central banks can factor in climate-related risks. As noted in this…

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A country-by-country law compendium about impact investing

Here’s a 564-page report about the legal frameworks in various jurisdictions (here’s the webpage about the project) – broken out country-by-country (11 in total) – about investing for sustainability impact. It was commissioned by PRI, UNEP FI and the Generation Foundation – and drafted by Freshfields. Quite an undertaking – and I wonder how quickly…

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“Climate Chess”: we all need to do our part…

In order for things to change, we all need to change our daily habits. We need to reconsider the routines we’ve taken for granted over our lifetimes. We need to become educated and have the strength to make hard choices. Here’s a note from Mark Trexler that drives this point home: This Kurzgesagt video has…

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Linking ESG investing to planetary impact (a play in 5 acts)

There’s been an ongoing debate about whether all of this ESG investing is really moving the needle much in terms of what we need to do to limit climate change. This Institutional Investor piece – entitled “The Trillion-Dollar Fantasy” – by Ken Pucker is opening a lot of minds. This note from Florian Heeb is…

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