On November 13, Inherent Group joined with other investors representing nearly $570 billion of assets under management in signing an open letter to Mr. Jay Clayton, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, urging the SEC to maintain Rule … Read More
Mid-term election results showed that decarbonization remains a second-tier issue for most voters. Initiative 1631, a carbon tax in Washington State was defeated, the second time the Washington electorate voted no on a carbon tax. In addition, Carlos Curbelo, … Read More
Inherent Group joined a group of investors in signing an open letter, released today, to Mr. Lawrence Culp, the new CEO of General Electric. The letter urges GE to invest more in the development and deployment of clean power … Read More
There’s long been a debate about the role of business in society, which I’ll address in a later post. For now, let’s stick with related question of whether it pays for an investor to focus on ESG. There’s a … Read More
Over the past year we have spoken with dozens of companies about ESG performance and disclosure. Sustainability teams are thinly staffed and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of surveys, requests for information, and the alphabet soup of reporting frameworks … Read More
Tony Davis is quoted in a piece by Emelia Hamilton Russell in Spear’s Magazine entitled “The New Capitalism: Has Wealth Found a New Conscience?” She discusses the rapid growth in assets invested in impact-related strategies and how capitalism is … Read More
On January 23, 2018, Tony Davis participated in a Knowledge@Wharton podcast entitled “How to Drive Competitive Returns with Impact Investing.” He discussed how Inherent Group incorporates material ESG factors into its investment process, his personal investing approach, and Inherent … Read More
On May 3, 2016, Tony Davis spoke at the Milken Institute on a panel entitled “Impact Investing: Where are the Deals?” Moderated by Amit Bouri, CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), panelists describe a range of approaches … Read More
An overview of the way food production will need to change in the coming decades to meet growing global demand.
Case studies of two efforts at improving health care outcomes and reducing costs—increasingly urgent as health care spending approaches 20% of US GDP.
An analysis of the under-appreciated “dismantling” of reforms that have helped China grow over the last few decades.
How the development of EVs and autonomous vehicles will impact the auto industry, particularly in Germany.
This detailed paper from the think tank Niskanen Center published in 2015 argues the conservative case for a carbon tax, addressing a series of common conservative objections.
New measurement tools indicate that the speed of global warming is more rapid than previously thought.
Companies are becoming more vocal in pushing for regulation, and further in advance of government action.
California’s new law mandates 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045.
In depth overview of equal pay, the gender pay gap, and the lengthy process of attempting to achieve equity at a large company in the UK.
An interesting example of how a social issue is getting written into private equity deal documents.
Sorkin suggests that the growth in populism globally is an aftershock of the financial crisis.
An inside look at the culture of Wells Fargo and internal efforts to change it.
Execution and implementation of new ideas is difficult at any scale.
An ocean clean-up company started by Boyan Slat at the age of 18 is reaching “production phase.” Uses clever design to gather plastic without harming marine life.
Water use is out of balance and leading to more frequent crises and potential conflicts.
Interview with Steve Levine, author of The Powerhouse: America, China, and the Great Battery War, on the current state of the battery industry.
Makes the case that the circular economy “will result in one of the largest investment opportunities in the US over the next decade.”
An excellent infographic that shows how land is used across the US.
An S&P Global study that quantifies the effects of severe weather on company results.
An in-depth analysis of efforts in the late 1970s and 1980s to identify the causes and dangers of climate change and potential solutions.
How online retail is affecting the behavior of inflation.
Some bricks and mortar retailers are adapting well to the new normal.
States use creative solutions to address the future of work as “laboratories of democracy.”
Business leaders insist on the business case for ESG investments.
This enduring cross-sector partnership illustrates the kind of social, and economic, impact that the private sector can help drive. Paula Luff, Inherent's Director, Sustainability & Impact, helped create and lead this program while she was at Pfizer.
A discussion of the risk premium added to borrowing costs attributable to climate-related issues.
An open letter to Jefferies employees shared publicly regarding the value of questioning any company’s leadership.
Some guidance on the numerous reporting framework acronyms.
An opinion piece from Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett regarding the costs of managing to quarterly earnings.
An analysis of the trends in 2018’s proxy season.
A history of the disposable straw, the environmental controversy surrounding it, and broader lessons on capitalism.
An overview of an interactive map depicting the development of coal power plants since 2000.
A look at the global environmental impact of plastic, 40 percent of which is used just once before being discarded
An analysis of the strategy behind the world’s largest CEO pay package--and one of the most unique.
A professor discusses her view of where EM markets are in the cycle.
A look at the growing world of direct-to-consumer companies.
An opinion piece about the value of Starbucks’s bias training.
A professor’s view on how to improve capitalism, the “world’s largest co-operative system.”
An empirical analysis that demonstrates the alpha generation of a lower carbon investment portfolio.
A look at the increasingly public role many CEOs are playing in weighing in on controversial political and social issues.
How Cape Town and its residents are coping with an unprecedented water shortage, and its implications for business.
Setting a self-imposed emission target and deadline is an intriguing leadership step for a company with McDonald’s visibility.
Merck’s CEO reflects on his career and the role of CEOs today.
A look at the radical, productive culture of the electric truck company, Chanje.
An opinion piece about why the movement away from hospitals is a good thing.
One of the largest oil companies in the world predicts 300 million electric vehicles on the road by 2040, up from 3 million today.
Two of the US’s largest retailers voluntarily take a leadership stance on gun sales.
Ben Thompson describes the theory for the Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan long game.
The world's largest index fund manager calls on companies to foster long-term value.
Consumer behavior differs based on natural human tendencies.
Data falsification highlights need for a “chief quality officer” to matter as much as chief financial officer.
How Glassdoor and sites like it provide radical transparency into corporate cultures.
The readings on this page provide a good overview of the fundamentals of
ESG-integrated investing and some recent developments in the field.
The authors conclude that the large majority of over 2,200 studies of ESG’s influence on corporate financial performance demonstrate positive influence and that the results appear to be stable over time.
This study focuses on the positive impact of sustainability practices that are material to a company’s vertical on operational and stock performance.
While most studies on the financial impact of ESG focus on equities, this study illustrates the positive impact that ESG integration can have on fixed income portfolios. This study focuses on investment grade corporate bonds.
This paper describes a model for identifying the influence of ESG risks on credit-default spreads, broadening the applicability of ESG analysis beyond investment grade instruments as in the Barclays paper immediately above.
These case studies illustrate the range of ways in which equity investors incorporate ESG factors into their investment analysis and management processes.
The authors’ analysis shows that active engagement with corporate management by investors on material corporate social responsibility (CSR) matters can positively impact operating performance, profitability, efficiency, governance, and stock performance.
The authors argue that the agency theory, under which maximizing shareholder returns is the primary goal of corporate management, is flawed. They sketch a new approach focusing on the long-term health of the corporate enterprise that can deliver both strong performance and value to society.
An interesting counterpart to the HBR paper immediately above, this study demonstrates that management teams who focus on long-term performance deliver better financial results than those who are short-term oriented.
This recent survey provides an overview of the current impact investing landscape along with results demonstrating the positive influence of certain impact investing strategies and tools investors can use to effectively incorporate ESG factors.