Welcome to the Sustainability in Practice Digital - September 2021 content hub 

As more and more investors make net zero commitments in the lead up to COP26, sustainability is at the forefront of investors’ minds. But what does it mean to invest sustainably? Are the metrics, measurements, returns and risks adequately framed and understood? How can leaders navigate the politics of sustainability and prevent greenwashing from prevailing? What are the allocation strategies and investments investors should be targeting and what are the tangible implications for investors’ portfolios? What is the role of asset owners in allocating capital and how do they overcome the obstacles they will face?

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The event content hub brings together all the session videos, stories, whitepapers and background reading related to the Sustainability in Practice September 2021 program. You can search content by media type and by session themes. We hope you enjoy our coverage of these important issues facing CIOs and investment leaders.

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Implementing net zero

What does it really mean to achieve a net zero strategy? As more investors make pledges for net zero, they need to set a strategy to achieve it. Investors leading the pack - ABP, Church Commissioners for England and CalSTRS - discuss the behaviour changes that are needed and how to allocate.
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Poor disclosure is now a systemic risk

Poor corporate sustainability disclosure and the absence of global standards is now a systemic risk for investors, said panellists at Sustainability in Practice which included chief governance and compliance officer at Norges Bank, Carine Smith Ihencho.
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Robeco eyes policy response

Policy makers response is the next pivotal step in sustainable investmen according to Victor Verberk, CIO fixed income and sustainability at Robeco. He predicts that policy makers reaction will appear via taxes or import tariffs with a “devastating impact” on companies that will create winners and losers.
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APG positions for a digital future

APG, the biggest pension provider in Europe, is positioning itself as a digital pioneer with investment in the large-scale use of data, workflow automation and digital analytical platforms. A leader in funds management, most notably sustainability, it is once again a frontrunner by embracing technology.
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ADIA infrastructure focuses on renewables, digital

ADIA is increasing its focus on renewables and digital infrastructure as its infrastructure investments mature and a more sector-led strategy is introduced into the planning process according to Karim Mourad, global head of infrastructure at ADIA.
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Value creation through decarbonization

A joint report by the International Energy Agency and the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at Imperial College examines the risk and return proposition in energy transitions. It looks at publicly traded renewable power and fossil fuel companies in advanced and developing economies calculating the total return and annualized volatility of these portfolios over 5 and 10-year periods. 
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The energy transition: Why renewables outperform fossil fuels

A joint report by the International Energy Agency and the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at Imperial College examines the risk and return proposition in energy transitions. It looks at publicly traded renewable power and fossil fuel companies in advanced and developing economies calculating the total return and annualized volatility of these portfolios over 5 and 10-year periods. 
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Case study: decarbonisation in alternatives

This case study examined the approach by one of the world’s leading asset owners to incorporate sustainability, AP4. By implementing measures adapted to the asset class and style of investments, AP4’s team in alternative investments works to both reduce risks and capture opportunities related to the sustainability transformation.
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SEC chair Gensler in favour of mandatory climate disclosure

SEC chair Gary Gensler is in favour of the regulator stepping in to bring greater clarity and consistency to corporate climate disclosure. Speaking at a PRI webinar he said the current level of disclosure doesn’t allow investors to compare corporate climate preparedness, and that much of the data is inconsistent. 
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Finding alpha: Church Commissioners outperform

The £9.2 billion portfolio managed for the Church Commissioners for England has returned 9.7 per cent over 10 years through a focus on sustainability and a willingness to try things early, such as forestry and venture capital. Amanda White spoke to CIO Tom Joy about where the fund looks for alpha and the need for a non-traditional allocation.