by Sean Tennerson, Program Officer, The Case Foundation
For those of you who know the Case Foundation, we’re bullish on the impact investing movement and the power of private capital for public good. While still a relatively small market, impact investments are surging, with some seeing a trillion-dollar market potential by 2020. Against that context, we do a lot of thinking about what is standing in the way of tipping significantly more interested investors to activated investors.
US sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing continues to expand. The total US-domiciled assets under management using SRI strategies grew from $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014 to $8.72 trillion at the start of 2016, an increase of 33 percent, as shown in Figure A. These assets now account for more than one out of every five dollars under professional management in the United States.
Corporations, especially those in the financial and energy sectors, should provide investors with clear and systematic disclosure of the risks that climate change poses to their future economic health, a task force reporting to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney recommended Wednesday.
The group, headed by Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg, pointed to carbon-intensive, fossil-fuel companies as being among those that will be most significantly affected by the transition to a lower-carbon economy, with risks being borne by their lenders and investors.
A task force led by Michael Bloomberg and backed by Mark Carney has urged companies to disclose to investors the impact of climate change on their businesses.
The governor of the Bank of England and the billionaire media owner are behind a new set of recommendations designed to give investors, lenders and insurers a better idea about how climate change will affect individual businesses.
Companies should use a range of existing, publicly-available climate-related scenario analysis or develop their own in order to assess the risks posed to their business by climate change, according to the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
TCFD says companies should consider risks posed to their businesses by the world transitioning, in varying degrees, to a low-carbon economy, as well the physical risks posed by a warmer planet.