Julie Gorte

October 24, 2017

Sustainability-Competent Boards are Risk-Competent Boards

To truly represent the interests of shareholders who are aware of the potential risks and opportunities posed by the various facets of sustainability, boards will need sustainability competence.
October 10, 2017

Sustainable Investing: Like Investing (But More Sustainable)

A wealth of literature, from both academia and financial institutions, supports the idea that when sustainability is used in investment, returns do not suffer, and often outperform traditional investment.
October 3, 2017

The Business Case for Pay Ratio Disclosure

Investors recognize that transparency can help eliminate gender pay gaps and that pay discrimination presents litigation, regulatory and reputational risk.
September 25, 2017

Sustainability Ratings Disagree. This is Not a Problem.

Think of sustainability analysis the same way you think of financial analysis. Different approaches to the same multifaceted problem are a source of innovation, a way that smart and insightful people can distinguish their work.
September 19, 2017

If You Think Education is Expensive, Try Ignorance: Investors and Climate Change

How individuals go about assessing their own appetites for risk is their business. What institutional investors do is everyone’s business.
September 11, 2017

New Opportunities, New Challenges

The earth’s climate is becoming warmer because of things we (humans) have done. Since the climate, along with the atmosphere and water, forms the infrastructure of our lives, climate change will affect us pervasively.
August 31, 2017

Investor Activism and Board Diversity

A new paper from the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) and Institutional Shareholder Services examines how shareholder activism affects board composition and refreshment.
August 15, 2017

Another Link Between Good Governance and Board Diversity

Julie Gorte discusses another good link between good governance and board diversity.
March 1, 2017

The Value of ESG Information in Financial Markets

What makes for an efficient financial market? Any market participant could probably list ten things without burning a calorie, but one thing that would probably make everyone’s list is information. Financial markets need information in order to work efficiently.
February 15, 2017

Making a Positive Impact: The State of ESG Advocacy and Engagement

Sustainability advocacy and engagement is aimed at long-term outcomes and specifically targets ESG factors.