This series explores how companies are setting goals and leveraging financial systems to drive progress around the climate crisis, equity, prosperity, and governance.
Digital transformation is a priority for the world's largest companies. Sustainability investment needs to have the same level of investment and focus.
Governance, the G in ESG, reflects a company's accountability — the strategies they set to meet sustainability and ethics goals.
Prosperity is about ensuring opportunities for employment, education, and equity in communities. While corporations contribute through doing business, many don't plan or measure for the long term.
The climate crisis might be the most visible topic in sustainability. Companies can use financial tools to move toward more sustainable operations.
The "people" pillar covers companies prioritizing employee needs as a part of sustainability, investing in equity, well-being, and reskilling.
There are no standards for investments that prioritize environmental, social, or governance factors, so investors have to do the work themselves.
It's not always possible to direct company-based 401(k) plans to ESG investments. A new Department of Labor proposed rule could change that.
Daniel Grant's 2ndVote Advisers has index funds and ETFs focused on companies that avoid supporting certain left-wing causes.
"Stakeholder capitalism will drive much needed increases in wages, but also higher energy costs," Ackman tweeted on Wednesday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are joining Ethic, which has $1.3 billion under management, as "impact partners," Dealbook first reported.
In parallel to the 2008 financial crisis, the BIS noted that the pre-crisis growth in mortgage-backed securities mirrored recent growth in ESG funds.
Divesting from fossil fuels such as coal frees up capital for investment in other kinds of assets. But are these shifts making an impact?
Roughly a third of all global assets under management are now sustainability driven, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance's report.
JPMorgan bought lumber management firm Campbell Global during a boom in the market. But its focus is on carbon offsets rather than raw materials.
"We are proud to team up with Climate Vault to offset our exposure to non-renewable mining and contribute to the decarbonizing of bitcoin," the company said.
The famed investor spoke about boosting his bitcoin allocation from 3% to 5%, and being involved in making it ESG-compliant.
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