One of the key challenges facing the sustainable investment industry is to be able to report reliably and meaningfully to investors on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of investment portfolios, explains Jane Ambachtsheer, global head of sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management, in this video.
This requires high-quality data, more – and even mandatory – disclosure by issuers of securities and transparency on issues such as ESG integration and the use of ESG research to make responsible investment decisions.
Another focus area is impact investing, i.e. the need for metrics to measure and report on the connection between investment portfolios and their contribution to sustainable development goals.
In addition to disclosing the carbon footprint of portfolios, there is a need for clarity on the share of green (climate solutions) or brown (climate problems) assets in portfolios versus their benchmark.
Yet another step is reporting on the ‘temperature alignment’ of portfolios, i.e. a score showing whether they are aligned with the global warming goals of the Paris climate agreement limiting the rise in Earth’s temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably to 1.5C.
“As future makers, we think that measurement and reporting is a critical component of sustainable investing,“ she concludes.
WATCH THE VIDEO WITH JANE AMBACHTSHEER
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