Read our thought leadership on evolving environmental, social and governance issues.

Tax Reform? Let’s Make It a Carbon Tax
By Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing | Posted April 2017

Key Takeaways:

  • The financial value at risk from climate change is in the trillions of dollars.
  • Our national and global economies are ready for a low-carbon future—all we need is the incentive to invest in one that a carbon tax provides.
  • A carbon tax will send a signal to markets that the way we produce energy now is putting our economies and societies at ever-increasing peril.
The Value of ESG Information in Financial Markets
By Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing | Posted March 2017

Key Takeaways:

  • Financial markets need information in order to work efficiently.
  • Financial analysts can do a demonstrably better job when they have information on sustainability.
  • Requiring sustainability disclosures from companies as a listing standard would help investors, companies, and financial markets—and help reinforce the foundations of civil society.
Making a Positive Impact: The State of ESG Advocacy and Engagement
By Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing | Posted February 2017

Key Takeaways

  • Sustainability advocacy and engagement is aimed at longterm outcomes and specifically targets ESG factors.
  • We engage with companies because we believe that improving companies’ sustainability profiles makes them better investments, and helps them perform better in the long run.
  • Shareholders can be a powerful force affecting companies’ strategies and performance – this work is making a difference.