UN Emissions Gap Report 2022

As growing climate change impacts are experienced across the globe, the message that greenhouse gas emissions must fall is unambiguous. Yet the Emissions Gap Report 2022: The Closing Window – Climate crisis calls for rapid transformation of societies finds that the international community is falling far short of the Paris goals, with no credible pathway to 1.5°C in

UN Report: Urgent nature action needed to salvage Sustainable Development Goals

The climate crisis, COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine are threatening to stall progress on several key environmental targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), humanity’s blueprint for a better future, warns a new report from the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022, released last week, details how a series of global crises have hampered

To close the SDG financing gap, entrepreneurs need transformative partnerships

Understanding two frameworks, ‘ESG integration’ and ‘impact measuring and management,’ can accelerate sustainability impact. The long-held maxim of “what gets measured, gets done” holds true for any entrepreneur and is especially true for those who seek to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while making a financial return.

A Conceptualization of Sub-Living Wages: Liabilities, Leverage, and Risk

A recent paper written by in part Inherent Group Advisory Council Member George Serafeim presents some new ideas about living wages. Currently the accounting system records employee wages as an expense in the income statement. However, paying below living wages can expose an organization to reputational and operational risks. In this paper, we offer an

Sustainability Principles and Objectives (SPO) Framework

The Sustainability Principles and Objectives (SPO) Framework is an ESG framework for late-stage private companies, companies preparing to go public, and early-stage public companies. The SPO Framework is designed to ensure that a company at this stage of development takes into consideration positive ESG outcomes, as well as the need to mitigate negative ESG factors,

Distressed Credit And The ESG Opportunity

Driving change is not always possible. The conventional wisdom regarding distressed credit investing is that the complex negotiations and fast pace of transactions at companies under duress thwart transitions toward sustainability and inclusion. Negotiating haircuts and covenants is already challenging, and the urgency of corporate distress amplifies the myriad difficulties of evaluating ESG, including inconsistency

World Economic Forum Op-Ed

Investors: the time for net zero is now As investors, we are making our own commitments to reach net-zero emissions in our portfolios. We do so not only because of the climate emergency, but also after considering the incredible investment opportunities offered by a decarbonized global economy. In 2020 alone, the market capitalization of clean

Boards Are Obstructing ESG — at Their Own Peril

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Inherent Group Advisor Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor for Business and Society at NYU Stern School of Business, posits that many boards have little ESG-related expertise and many do not even recognize the need to pay attention to material sustainability issues.   She concludes stating that ensuring good performance on

Inherent Group’s UNPRI Case Study

The PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) works with investors, industry associations and service providers to innovate and educate in incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into the investment decision-making process.  As part of PRI’s hedge fund investment case study initiative, Inherent Group profiled an example of how we use the Sustainable Development Goals to source