Planetary Boundaries:

Businesses have a huge role to play in containing global environmental risks. And because they have great leverage on companies, so too do investors.  The idea of “ethical” or “green” investing has gained ground in recent years, but it is hampered by a lack of quantitative definitions.

Fiscal recovery packages and climate

As we move from the rescue to the recovery phase of the COVID-19 response, policy-makers have an opportunity to invest in productive assets for the long-term.

The alpha in impact

How operating with an impact objective can add financial value for investors. 

Investment strategy on climate change

This first report by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) responds to the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

From linear to circular

A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. It replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration, shifts towards the use of renewable energy, eliminates the use of toxic chemicals.

Stewardship during and after covid-19

In an open letter by Federated Hermes to companies they explain that their engagement dialogue during and after the pandemic means the focus is on resilience and stakeholders. 

The PRI SDG report

This report provides a high-level framework for any investors looking to shape real-world outcomes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Building back better

For the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis to be durable and resilient, a return to ‘business as usual’ and environmentally destructive investment patterns and activities must be avoided.

Investing with SDG outcomes

Following the PRI’s The SDG investment case – which laid out why the SDGs are relevant to investors this report takes the next steps by outlining a prospective framework for action.

Climate change and infectious diseases

Federated Hermes Nick Spooner explores how climate breakdown will exacerbate infectious diseases, and the steps that companies, investors and governments need to take to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis and future pandemics.

The Goldilocks crisis

If an overly relaxed world has since slept through a series of environmental alarms, the coronavirus crisis may well be the wake-up call it needs to avert the worst climate change bear scenarios.

The ASI Responsible Investing podcast

Leading ASI’s climate agenda is Eva Cairns, Senior ESG Investment Analyst. She talks on a host of topics, from about her wide-ranging views on responsible investment and her passion in helping address climate change, to why she’s so keen that we all "grow the pie".

Net zero – idle promises

Companies’ pledges of ‘net-zero’ emissions are only meaningful if backed by credible action plans that do not rely heavily on offsetting. Read Aberdeen Standard Investment's report.

Investing in a changing climate: summary

Our climate is changing. In recent years, we have seen an increase in costly extreme weather events such as storms, wildfires and floods. At the same time, we are living through the hottest years on record. Read Aberdeen Standard Investments paper below. 

Investing in a changing climate

Our climate is changing. In recent years, we have seen an increase in costly extreme weather events such as storms, wildfires and floods. At the same time, we are living through the hottest years on record. Read Aberdeen Standard Investments paper below. 

Sustainability and the corporate world

In this article, Schroders focus on six key areas that point to a changing role of the corporate sector in society in the face of “inescapable truths”

Sizing the impact investing market

It is essential that the growth in impact investing is scale with integrity. The first step in that is to determine the current scale of the impact investing market and examine what that may mean for future growth and development.

Covid-19 and relationship with nature

In this series of articles, Federated Hermes will explore the links between infectious diseases, environmental issues and social sustainability, alongside the role of investors and companies. In part one, Sonya Likhtman looks at how the destruction of ecosystems can increase the risk of pandemics.

Prosperity and preservation

Federated Hermes discusses how the exogeneous shock of the coronavirus pandemic has confirmed the importance of sustainability.

Can we adapt to the new climate normal?

Climate change will test our ability to avoid mortal danger more than ever before. Humanity’s ability to adapt, something we have excelled at, must again come to the fore.

Tackling the climate crisis

As we navigate through the coronavirus and its impacts, we have an opportunity to shape the post-pandemic world so that confronting the climate emergency is an undisputed global priority.

Renewed, recharged and reinforced

Renewed, Recharged and Reinforced: Urgent actions to harmonize and scale sustainable finance (Report of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance to the European Commission).

The hidden costs of social impacts

Andrew Howard, Head of Sustainable Research, at Schroders, explains the rationale and analysis behind Schroders’ ground-breaking SustainEx tool and how the societal costs it measures could affect future corporate profitability.

Global warming forecast of 3.9°C

Schroders latest update to Climate Progress Dashboard suggests the current pace of change will result in temperatures rising by 3.9°C above pre-industrial levels.

OECD environment working paper #164

What policies for greening the crisis response and economic recovery? Lessons learned from past green stimulus measures and implications for the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 fiscal recovery packages

The COVID-19 crisis is likely to have dramatic consequences for progress on climate change. Imminent fiscal recovery packages could entrench or partly displace the current fossil-fuel-intensive economic system.

Stewardship – The 2020 vision

At the international business of Federated Hermes, we believe that the investment management industry could be a potent force in building a better world; but today that potential is largely unfulfilled.

Navigating the ESG labyrinth

In this handy guide, we share the knowledge and experience we have gained from decades of sustainable investing.

Sensitive intervention points

Sensitive intervention points in the post-carbon transition. We must exploit socioeconomic tipping points and amplifiers

The big book of SI

It is with great pleasure that we present to you our Big Book of SI. We firmly believe in sustainability investing, and think all the stars are aligned for this investment discipline.

Principles to guide investment

Investors will play a major role, whether active or passive, in climate change mitigation. To enable prudent decision-making, we propose three physically based engagement principles that could be used to assess whether an investment is consistent with a long-term climate goal.