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Aligning Portfolios with the Paris Agreement

Oct 26, 2020 DOOLE Stuart, NEERAJ Kumar, MENOU Veronique

The pressure on institutional investors to act on climate change and demonstrate its influence on their decision-making and portfolio construction continues to grow. Increasingly, the focus is on the alignment of client investment strategies with the decarbonization 


Aligning with the Paris Agreement: An Index Approach

Oct 22, 2020 Stuart Doole, Véronique Menou, Kumar Neeraj

Institutional investors are under pressure to align their strategies with a maximum global temperature increase of 1.5oC as targeted by the Paris Agreement. We examine how they can approach this while respecting other investment constraints.


Banks, ESG and Nonperforming Loans During Covid-19

Oct 1, 2020 Jakub Malich

Have banks with stronger ESG risk management practices been more financially resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic? We look at the asset quality, profitability and capitalization of banks around the world.


Corporate ESG Disclosure: A Health & Safety Case Study

Sep 24, 2020 Samantha Sue Ping, Gaurav Trivedi

How good a job are corporations doing in disclosing ESG policies and data to investors and other stakeholders? We took an in-depth look at reporting of health & safety disclosures. Our findings confirmed some common assumptions and upended others.

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Flooding in the Yangtze River Basin Threatens Mines and Power Plants

Sep 21, 2020 BLOCK Samuel, KARADZHOVA Velina, MOLLOD Gillian

China’s Yangtze River economic belt accounts for nearly half of the country’s total economic output. Since June 2020, the Hubei region has experienced historic flooding. We identified 25 facilities in our coverage universe that may be exposed to disruption or damage by the floods affecting the Yangtze River Basin.


Scope 3 Carbon Emissions: Seeing the Full Picture

Sep 17, 2020 Brendan Baker

How can investors identify emissions throughout the value chain of companies in their portfolios? We explain what these “Scope 3” emissions are, why they are so important and what actions investors can take as they seek to manage resulting risks.


Assessing Company Alignment with UN SDGs

Sep 14, 2020 Olga Emelianova

Five years ago, the United Nations adopted 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an effort to end extreme poverty, reduce inequity and protect the planet by 2030. Using a new tool, we examine whether companies are walking the walk.


Identifying Emerging “Hot Spots” for Physical Risk in the US

Sep 9, 2020 Patric Kellermann, Boris Prahl

Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and severity of physical climate risks such as extreme temperatures, tropical cyclones, torrential rainfall and flooding. Our map identifies emerging climate risk hotspots in the U.S. 


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