Description : Sustainable Investing is fast becoming the smart way of generating long-term returns. With conventional investors now scrambling to factor in issues such as climate change, this book captures a turning point in the evolution of global finance. Bringing together leading practitioners of Sustainable Investing from across the globe, this book charts how this agenda has evolved, what impact it has today, and what prospects are emerging for the years ahead. Sustainable Investing has already been outperforming the mainstream, and concerned investors need to know how best to position themselves for potentially radical market change.
Description : Sustainable Investing is fast becoming an essential method ofgenerating long-term returns, moving beyond the negative approachesto socially responsible investing that have dominated thefield. This book, our second on the subject, provides over 15case studies of leading global investors and companiesdemonstrating how they successfully apply sustainability aspects totheir core strategies. Learn from prominent thought leadersDan Esty and Paul Hawken among others who have contributed keychapters. Our chapter on performance shows clearly how thesestrategies have been working once negative approaches are parsedout by those examining fund returns. This book also examinesin great depth what data exists, and what's on the horizon, to bestmeasure & capture sustainability successfully. Regionalperspectives, including 3 chapters on Asia, and focuses on Canada,Australia, Africa & India are also included, as is a lookacross asset classes. Sustainable Investing, when performed with a positiveperspective, has been outperforming the mainstream, unlike negativeapproaches designed to match benchmark returns. Fromeco-efficiency to sustainability-driven innovation and beyond,investors of all shapes & sizes need to know how best toposition themselves for the radical market shifts underway.
Description : A comprehensive guide to socially responsible investing (SRI) With concerns about climate change increasing among investors, many are looking for ways investments that offer positive social as well as monetary returns. This book explores SRI for institutional investors and trustees, including investment strategies, risk and returns, market data, regulatory frameworks, and more. It covers all investment classes, including bonds, equities, real estate, commodities, and more, and provides in-depth views on SRI-relevant asset classes. It
Description : Like all investors, sustainable investors juggle various motivations: improving investment performance, achieving an economic or a societal outcome, and investing in ways consistent with their values/beliefs. The challenge for sustainable investment professionals is to understand their clients’ motivations and then shape their expectations and investment strategy accordingly. Given this range of motivations and the diversity of environmental, social, and governance systems, it should not be surprising that there are many ways to approach investing sustainably.
Description : Environmental asset classes are not a hope for tomorrow but a reality today. This new asset category promises to grow dramatically in the 21st Century as financial analysts, investors, and corporations around the world try to find ways to profit or reduce costs while promoting environmental social benefits. Sustainable Investing and Environmental Markets: Opportunities in a New Asset Class presents a groundbreaking new way to “do well and to do good”. With a combination of over 50 years of practical experience in the field of environmental finance, Richard Sandor, Nathan Clark, Murali Kanakasabai and Rafael Marques provide a solid preliminary understanding of the promising and transformational new investment category of environmental assets. Three broad asset classes — air and water; catastrophic and weather risk; and sustainability — are covered across 12 chapters which analyze how these environmental asset classes are currently being incorporated into commodities, fixed income, and equity instruments and what the future holds for the field. Contents:A Brief Survey of Environmental Asset ClassesMarket Failures and Policy ResponsesAcid Rain Pollutants as an Asset ClassGreenhouse Gas Pollutants as an Asset ClassEmerging Geographies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions MarketsForest Carbon as an Asset ClassClean Energy Markets and Associated Asset ClassesWater Markets and Associated Asset ClassesWater Quality Trading and Its Associated Asset ClassesSustainable Fisheries Management and Its Associated Asset ClassesWeather Risks and Associated Asset ClassesSustainability and Associated Asset ClassesConclusion: You Can Put a Price on Nature Readership: Readers interested in the environment as an asset class; investors, financial analysts, policymakers, undergraduates and postgraduates of finance and economics. Key Features:There is no equivalent book in the market right now that covers environment-financial issues from a practitioner's standpointThis book combines economic theory and practical experience — making it a valuable tool for anyone who is interested in the environment as an asset class (investors, analysts, policymakers, students of finance and economics)Keywords:Environment;Emissions;Trading;Finance;Derivatives;Water;Energy;Carbon;Catastrophe;Weather;Sustainability;Fisheries;Greenhouse Gases;Sulfur Dioxide;Acid Rain;Clean Energy MarketsReviews: “A “how-to” manual for using eco-markets to save the planet … laced with deep, important history and the foresight of the truest financial and environmental market pioneer, this book tells the tale of how, with leadership, we can change the world.” Commissioner Bart Chilton US Commodity Futures Trading Commission “With this book, Dr Richard Sandor and his colleagues help bridge a critical gap between academic theory and business practice. A must-read for students, investors, policymakers, and anyone interested on the worldwide opportunities for markets to tackle pressing issues such as climate and water. An important reference piece, written by someone who has helped shape the field of environmental finance as both an academic and practitioner.” Joseph P Kenendy II Founder, Chairman, and President of Citizens Energy Corporation and Member of the US House of Representatives for Massachusetts 8th District (1987–1999) “This is a great book. Every student should read it as a freshman. It is the handbook of how different innovative approaches accelerate the creation of a sustainable future for all of us. Nature has a monetary price, and Richard Sandor and his co-authors tell you in this book how price discovery leads to environmental protection.” Alexander J B Zehnder Nayang Technological University, Singapore Former President of ETH Zurich, and a father of the concept of the “2000 Watt Society”
Description : Inhaltsangabe:Introduction: The issue of foreign direct investment (FDI) as one of the key features of globalisation, continues to attract widespread attention, particularly since its rapid increase in the last decade. While some see FDI as a panacea for overcoming poverty, others point precisely to the opposite and recall the negative image often connected to multinational corporations (MNCs) embodied in child labour, environmental catastrophes, and exploitation of cheap work force. Opinions on the benefits of FDI for development differ considerably, but so does the observed reality. In some countries FDI has, in fact, contributed to economic progress and fallen poverty rates. Other countries by contrast, have not been able to reap the repeatedly praised fruits of investment flows such as job creation and technological spillovers, or did not even attract significant amounts of FDI. But in the highly inter-dependent and inter-connected world that we live in now, extreme views cannot and should not set the tone for future debates. Neither the retreat into isolated and protectionist patterns nor the advocacy of a downright neo-liberal credo seem to be viable options. For one thing, FDI has outstripped official development aid in numbers and no single country has lifted itself out of poverty in the last 50 years without integrating into the world market. For another, simple liberalisation measures have not always increased FDI flows into host developing countries and where they did, FDI flows have not automatically brought with them the desired benefits for development. The term development should be understood in a sustainable sense and thus, goes far beyond the rise of the gross national product per capita. It means, according to the frequently quoted Brundtland report, development that meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs . Without neglecting the importance of raising income levels, it puts special emphasis on enhancing the skills and competencies of people who should harness and shape their ecological, economic and social environment in sustainable ways. Crucial with this understanding of development is on one hand, its long-term perspective, and on the other, the interplay between the economic, social and environmental dimension, both making any action oriented towards development a highly complex matter. As a consequence, the presumption that all kinds of investment flows [...]
Description : In the face of the recent financial crisis there is increased focus on long-term investment strategies. This is particularly true for institutional investors who manage our retirement savings. Simultaneously there is increased demand that financial assets be invested with an understanding of long-term environmental and social sustainability. Responsible investing provides a long-term sustainable investment strategy that values environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decision-making. Responsible Investing has always had a broad mandate. Put simply, it is a long-term sustainable investment strategy that seeks to reduce risk in investment portfolios through managing ESG issues in today’s corporations. The Next Generation of Responsible Investment explores this topic in an edited volume intended for those with an interest in finance and business.
Description : A personal finance guide for today's turbulent world Sustainable Wealth empowers you to achieve your financial goals by unleashing the shackles of debt, no matter how uncertain the future may be. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource illustrates how you can predict economic booms and busts before they happen, adapt to changing markets and plan for lasting financial stability. Over the course of his career, Axel Merk has been at the forefront of identifying major trends, a leader in the public policy debate on how to fix the economy, and guide for investors looking to navigate the global credit crisis. With this new book, Merk puts your financial decisions in a global context and shows how factors ranging from the Federal Reserve and Congress to trends in Asia and Europe influence your financial well-being. Coaches you how to recognize major economic trends before they happen Puts forth a plan to help you cope with expenses and save for retirement, while building a legacy of wealth, not a mountain of debt Reveals why "staying the course" when governments or markets change the rules may be hazardous to your wealth As investors struggle to adapt to the new financial landscape, Sustainable Wealth provides straightforward answers to the tough financial questions we face-and the tools to achieve a financially sustainable lifestyle.
Description : Environmental issues were once regarded as irrelevant to economic activity, but today they are dramatically rewriting the rules for business, investors, and consumers. Around the world, innovative responses to climate change and other environmental problems are affecting more than $100 billion in annual capital flows as pioneering entrepreneurs, organizations, and governments take steps to create the Earth’s first “sustainable” global economy.