Sustainable Investing: A Path to a New Horizon

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Herman Bril, Georg Kell, Andreas Rasche
Routledge, Sep 24, 2020 - Business & Economics - 408 pages
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This book tells the story of how the convergence between corporate sustainability and sustainable investing is now becoming a major force driving systemic market changes. The idea and practice of corporate sustainability is no longer a niche movement. Investors are increasingly paying attention to sustainability factors in their analysis and decision-making, thus reinforcing market transformation.

In this book, high-level practitioners and academic thought leaders, including contributions from John Ruggie, Fiona Reynolds, Johan Rockström, and Paul Polman, explain the forces behind these developments. The contributors highlight (a) that systemic market change is influenced by various contextual factors that impact how sustainable investing is perceived and practiced; (b) that the integration of ESG factors in investment decisions is impacting markets on a large scale and hence changes practices of major market players (e.g. pension funds); and (c) that technology and the increasing datafication of sustainability act as further accelerators of such change.

The book goes beyond standard economic theory approaches to sustainable investing and emphasizes that capitalism founded on more real-world (complex) economics and cooperation can strengthen ESG integration. Aimed at both investment professionals and academics, this book gives the reader access to more practitioner-relevant information and it also discusses implementation issues. The reader will gain insights into how "mainstream" financial actors relate to sustainable investing.

 

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Contents

a path to a new horizon
how businesses and the investment community
navigating on purpose and complexitybased principles
nextgeneration responsible investment
a compass for investing for the common good
Navigating the ESG world
A new age for responsible banking
the role of ESG investing
Embedding values and principles
method to the madness
Data defense in sustainable investing
transforming assets owners from sayers to doers
Building a balanced and scalable strategic asset allocation to meet financial
The imperative of sustainable investing for asset owners
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About the author (2020)

Herman Bril joined the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) in New York as Director of the Office of Investment Management in June of 2016. He has over 25 years of experience in international financial institutions in multiple countries.

Georg Kell is Chairman of Arabesque, an ESG Quant fund manager that uses self-learning quantitative models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of globally listed companies. Georg is the founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact.

Andreas Rasche is Professor of Business in Society at the Centre for Sustainability at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and also acts as the Associate Dean for the CBS MBA program. He is Visiting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics.