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Arne Philipp Klug

Arne Philipp Klug

Vice President, MSCI Research

Arne Philipp Klug is MSCI’s biodiversity research director, overseeing thematic research on biodiversity and natural capital. He engages with investors and key stakeholders to help clients set and prioritize their investment objectives for biodiversity. Arne previously led MSCI’S ESG research on the transportation sector. Prior to joining MSCI, he worked as an ESG analyst and account manager at Sustainalytics in Frankfurt and Toronto. Arne holds a master’s degree in communications science, political economics and Hispanic studies from the University of Münster in Germany.

Research and Insights

Articles by Arne Philipp Klug

    Biodiversity 101

    Podcast | Jan 19, 2024 | Arne Philipp Klug, Gabriela de la Serna

    Biodiversity is everywhere from food production to pharmaceutical drugs, so the biodiversity crisis puts both society and the global economy at risk. And while it is like the climate crisis in its cause, there are complexities and measurement difficulties that make the biodiversity crisis a distinct problem for investors to address compared to the climate crisis. On this episode we sat down with our colleague Arne Klug to understand where this complexity comes from and how can investors go about it when trying to include biodiversity in their investment practices.

    An Investor's Guide to Nature and Biodiversity Risks and Impacts

    Research Report | Dec 15, 2023 | Arne Philipp Klug, Sylvain Vanston, Mark Jwaideh

    Investors thinking about biodiversity are asking questions such as, how do I know which holdings are most vulnerable to biodiversity loss? And, can I measure biodiversity risk exposure across my portfolio? We aim to help them start finding answers. 

    Biodiversity and Business: Are Companies Aware of Nature’s Risks?

    5 mins read Blog | Sep 25, 2023 | Shitiz Chaudhary, Arne Philipp Klug

    Although corporate disclosures around biodiversity- and nature-related risk vary, with growing stakeholder awareness and initiatives such as the TNFD framework, we may see a move toward more standardized disclosures that could help investors better assess these risks.

    On Climate Change, We Got 99 Solutions; Gotta Try Every One

    Podcast | Apr 20, 2023 | Oliver Marchand, Arne Philipp Klug

    The news on our progress toward climate change and biodiversity goals was not great as Earth Day 2023 approached. But there were some bright spots, including detailed proposals to move forward, increased attention from governments in the form of regulation and a growing awareness from investors that accounting for these issues may be the right thing to do for their portfolios. 

    Underwriting the Biodiversity Crisis

    5 mins read Blog | Mar 27, 2023 | Cody Dong, Arne Philipp Klug

    Some property and casualty insurers already use geospatial analysis in their pricing, claims processing and risk management. Adding a layer of biodiversity data to this analysis may help incorporate biodiversity considerations in underwriting.

    What Biodiversity Loss and COP15 Mean for Investors

    7 mins read Blog | Feb 16, 2023 | Sylvain Vanston, Arne Philipp Klug

    Investors face growing pressure to reverse biodiversity loss. We take a look at the issues shaping nature-related financial risk, key takeaways from the COP15 pact for investors and developments in biodiversity-based disclosure.

    Deforestation Risks on the Rise

    6 mins read Blog | Dec 14, 2022 | Arne Philipp Klug

    Continued forest loss poses risks to companies and investors. We use MSCI’s Biodiversity Screening Metrics to help identify industries exposed to deforestation risks and flag companies for a review of risk-management practices and active engagement.

    Location Matters: Using Geospatial Analysis to Assess Biodiversity Risks

    5 mins read Blog | May 10, 2022 | Gillian Mollod, Arne Philipp Klug

    A quarter of animal and plant species could face extinction heightening economic risks from biodiversity loss. Investors and issuers focusing on asset location and dedicated risk management practices could mitigate some of these challenges.

    Measuring Climate Change: Why Can’t We Just Turn Down the Sun?

    Podcast | Feb 4, 2021 | Linda-Eling Lee, Michael Disabato, Arne Philipp Klug, Thomas Verbraken

    Regulations to increase transparency and new methods for quantifying climate change risks and opportunities have pushed the issue to the fore for many investors. We get on the road to COP 26 with Professor Robert Eccles of The University of Oxford, Linda-Eling Lee, Head of ESG Research, and other MSCI experts.

    2021 ESG Trends to Watch

    7 mins read Blog | Dec 7, 2020 | Linda-Eling Lee, Arne Philipp Klug, Meggin Thwing Eastman, Meggin Eastman, Philipp Klug

    Climate. ESG bubbles. Disclosure. Social inequality. Biodiversity. The topics don’t get much bigger — or more systemic. Here’s our analysis of the five ESG trends that will matter most to companies and their investors in 2021.

    Death of Diesel: A Scenario Analysis of Which Auto Makers Will Pay Higher Emissions Fines

    Research Report | Nov 6, 2017 | Arne Philipp Klug

    Regulators are considering banning diesel cars in various countries and cities to lower levels of toxic nitrogen oxides. This trend has already impacted auto markets in Europe. Declining diesel vehicle sales reflect a shrinking trust in customers who fear increased restrictions on use and lower re-sale values.  This analysis assumed a moderate 30% decline in diesel vehicles in a company’s fleet  by 2021 and modelled two different scenarios. Under scenario 1, customers buy petrol...