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
The Climate Economy Is About to Explode
A new Credit Suisse report suggests that the Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”) could be even bigger than Congress thinks. The IRA will “will have a profound effect across industries in the next decade and beyond” and could ultimately shape the direction of the American economy, the bank said. The report shows how even after the
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Report 2022
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed
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.
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,
Net Zero Asset Managers initiative Progress Report
Net Zero Asset Manager Signatories now total 220 managing more than USD 57 trillion in assets under management. This means that more than half the world’s assets are now committed to achieving net zero by 2050 or sooner. Read the full progress report below, including Inherent’s commitment of 74% AUM to be managed in line
2021 Global Investor Statement to Governments on the Climate Crisis
We stand at the beginning of a pivotal decade in which institutional investors and government leaders worldwide have the power to raise ambition and accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis. If we do not meet this challenge and change course immediately, the world could heat in excess of 3-degrees Celsius this century. To achieve
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
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
PRI Publishes Third Quarterly Report on Credit Ratings Agencies’ Progress on ESG Factor Integration
The PRI aims to provide market participants with a comprehensive resource on ESG-related activities at Credit Ratings Agencies (CRAs). This quarterly report compiles CRA’s latest resources as a tool in market participants’ ESG integration process. It also allows CRAs to showcase their ongoing efforts to be more transparent about how ESG factor affect credit opinions
ESG and the Earnings Call: Bringing the Metrics and the Narrative Together
Brian Tomlinson of CEO Investor Forum and Tensie Whelan of NYU Stern, Center for Sustainable Business and also an advisor to Inherent Group have some executive-ready recommendations for solving the problem of “two separate narratives” in corporate disclosure with “one telling how profitable a company is, and the other highlighting whether the company is good
Vital Farms Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering
Vital Farms, Inc. (Nasdaq: VITL), a Certified B Corporation that offers a range of ethically produced pasture-raised foods nationwide, announced the closing of its initial public offering on August 4, 2020.
Proposed New ERISA Rule and Sustainable Investing
Forbes contributor Bhakti Mirchandani details the US Department of Labor’s proposed rule clarifying the application of the fiduciary duties of prudence and exclusive purpose under ERISA to pension plan sustainable investments in the article titled How To Read The Proposed New ERISA Rule And What It Gets Wrong On Sustainable Investing. She notes “the Secretary
CERES publishes report with a call to action on climate change for U.S. financial regulators
This Ceres report outlines how and why U.S. financial regulators, who are responsible for protecting the stability and competitiveness of the U.S. economy, need to recognize and act on climate change as a systemic risk. It provides more than 50 recommendations for key financial regulators to adopt, including the Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed), the
Generate Capital raises >$1B for sustainable infrastructure
Inherent Group’s portfolio company Generate Capital announced on February 4 that it has secured over $1 billion in funding. Participating investors included AustralianSuper, QIC, Railways Pension, and AP2 of Sweden. The funds will accelerate the company’s deployment of sustainable infrastructure in asset classes including battery storage, solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles.
Vital Farms’ industry-first traceability effort
Inherent Group’s portfolio company Vital Farms, in a pioneering initiative in food traceability, enables consumers to see (pre-recorded) 360-degree video of the pastures where the eggs from a given carton are laid. The effort comes amidst increasing consumer interest in understanding where their food comes from, which is particularly relevant in a vertical where claims
Ceres: BlackRock CEO letter on sustainable investing is a game changer
“BlackRock’s renewed promise to actively engage, and when necessary, vote against companies that are not making sufficient progress on sustainability and climate risk will help to build a more transparent capital market system.” -Mindy Lubber, CEO & President, Ceres
20 Things to Watch in 2020
From an international carbon pricing regime to ‘going olive’, The FT’s Moral Money team highlights 20 ESG ‘resolutions’ to watch for in the new year.
Sustainable Debt Joins the Trillion Dollar Club
Investor demand is surging for green, social and sustainability bonds and loans as well as debt securities that react to the sustainability performance of the borrower.
Goldman Sachs’ Commercially Driven Plan for Sustainability
David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, says the company is targeting $750 billion of financing, investing and advisory activity to areas focused on climate transition and inclusive growth. He also calls for governments to put a price on the cost of carbon. Mr. Solomon writes, “Looking ahead, the needs of our clients will increasingly be