An upcoming WRI report introduces the partnership continuum, which offers a framework to contextualize transformation pathways partnerships may pursue. While partnerships can find success at any point along the continuum, this research finds that partnerships often evolve as they mature, shifting the ways they drive change.
Instead of incorporating climate change into our standing Investment Policy Statement (IPS), WRI developed a Climate Change Investment Statement to elaborate on how we integrate climate-related factors into our endowment portfolio.
Twenty-four of 26 ESG index funds covering both U.S. and global stocks outperformed comparable conventional funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trillion Trees initiative and major corporations are looking to invest in tree-planting. TerraMatch connects these investors with trusted local experts who grow trees responsibly and at scale.
The COVID-19 pandemic illuminates the need to build back better and create resilience to future crises, including the impacts of climate change.
To manage the twin threats of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, building resilience against both is imperative and urgent. We are going to have to multitask on this one, as delay will cost lives and livelihoods.
This paper proposes a framework to calculate the cost required to deliver sustainable water management to a geography. The paper then applies the framework to estimate the costs of delivering sustainable water management for all countries and major basins around the world.
We analyzed the effects of water shortages on five publicly traded Indian thermal power companies. In some cases, drought caused significant financial impacts, and investors should start stress-testing their portfolios now for climate impacts.
This paper provides quantitative evidence to help investors better understand and measure the financial impacts from water shortages in the thermal power sector, drawing on data and analysis of Indian companies. It introduces a new methodology to estimate the water shortage-induced impacts to earnings on five Indian thermal power companies from FY 2014-2017. It also uses outputs from climate models to analyze potential future changes to water availability in India, which could increase the risk of water shortages.
WRI's new Green Targets Tool shows that only half of the world's largest private-sector banks have made a sustainable finance commitment — and the targets vary considerably.
Forests are essential for lives and livelihoods. As these benefits become better understood and valued, investors in sustainable forestry are seeing financial returns that outperform investments in conventional timber.
Supporting local businesses pioneer affordable, reliable and clean energy solutions for all.
Over 150,000 chartered financial analysts, including portfolio managers and research analysts at investment management firms, have received new guidance on how to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies into their work, marking a significant step towards the mainstream for sustainable investing.
The world's largest asset management firm is one of the most powerful investors in the world. Despite last year's declaration of a shift towards sustainability, BlackRock still has a ways to go before sustainability can be called one of its core principles.
From sustainable fashion to "micromobility," seven stories playing out in 2019 will influence the future of environment and international development.
Japan’s has the world’s third-largest asset management market, with its financial institutions managing nearly $30 trillion. Two hurdles stand in the way of the country realizing its full sustainable investment potential.
As WRI's CFO, Steve Barker often fields questions on how WRI invests its endowment sustainably. The short answer is that we integrate sustainability across our entire portfolio. A new commentary by Giulia Christianson and Ariel Pinchot offers a more nuanced explanation for our approach — and describes how we got here.
Sustainable investing is the new black: essential, ubiquitous and a subject of forward-looking discussion. But this is no passing fashion. What was once a niche investment approach is becoming mainstream, and WRI is learning the nitty-gritty of it through its own endowment journey.
New research finds that ambitious climate action could yield a direct economic gain of $26 trillion (cumulative) by 2030. It could also generate more than 65 million new low-carbon jobs in 2030—equivalent to the entire workforces of the UK and Egypt combined—and avoid more than 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution.