Considering how much financial damage is now already occurring around the globe due to a changing climate, it is surprising to see how so many investors continue to ignore the implications on their own financial security. Or maybe it is encouraging to view this in the opposite way and see how many investors are waking up to the fact that a changing climate is already impacting the economy and their own financial future and modifying their portfolio strategies to adjust to this new reality.
One thing that baffles me is how so many of our Universities that are leading the way on climate research and education are ignoring how they invest trillions of dollars cumulatively in endowments. This seems negligent to me and a violation of their fiduciary duty. But that’s just one man’s opinion.
Have you taken the impact of a warming planet into consideration when looking at the risk in your portfolio?
If you want to do something, you can start by going here http://divestinvest.org/individual/ and taking the “pledge”.
Half of Leading Investors Ignoring Climate Change: Study
A general view of Shanghai’s financial district of Pudong ais seen from the Shanghai World Financial Center amid heavy smog in Shanghai, China, December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song
Almost half of the world’s top 500 investors are doing nothing to address climate change through their investments, a study showed on Monday.
A report by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), a not-for-profit organization aimed at improving the management of climate change, found that just under a fifth of the top investors – or 97 managing a total of $9.4 trillion in assets – were taking tangible steps to mitigate global warming
These include investing in low polluting assets or encouraging the companies they invest in to be greener.
A further 157 investors managing a total of $14.2 trillion were taking “first steps” towards addressing climate change, while 246 managing $14 trillion were doing nothing at all, the report said.
“Climate change risk is now a mainstream issue for institutional investors and last year has seen many significantly step up their action to manage this,” AODP Chief Executive Julian Poulter said in a statement.
“However … it is shocking that nearly half the world’s biggest investors are doing nothing at all to mitigate climate risk,” he said, adding pensions funds and insurers that ignore climate change were “gambling with the savings and financial security of hundreds of millions of people”.
The AODP rates the world’s 500 biggest pension funds, insurers, sovereign wealth funds, foundations and endowments, which collectively manage $38 trillion in assets, on their success at managing climate risk within their portfolios.
(Reporting by Simon Jessop; Editing by Mark Potter)