How to Deal with Climate Change as an Institutional Investor? Legal, Economic & Investor Perspectives

Plant and money

Institutional investors such as pension funds have become a focal point in climate governance. Representing trillions in assets under management, these investors are key players to unlock very substantial investments to enable the green transition. While there have been some developments on the establishment and promotion of ‘green’ investments, institutional investors are still heavily invested in fossil fuel and other carbon intensive activities. Institutional investors are required to aim for adequate returns for their beneficiaries, and, at the same time, they are increasingly facing expectations to incorporate climate change in their investment strategies and decisions. Crucially, investor coalitions are engaging with companies, demanding the adoption of climate targets and improved climate reporting. In addition, the relevance of climate risks has been exacerbated by the widespread recognition of climate change as a significant financial risk, which calls for the implementation of climate risk management measures by investors. However, due to a lack of high-quality data and the novelty of applied methodologies, quantifying climate risks remains challenging. This interdisciplinary webinar will address key questions regarding the role of institutional investors in climate change governance.


How to Deal with Climate Change as an Institutional Investor? Legal, Economic & Investor Perspectives (pdf)

About the speakers

Dr. Scott Donald is Director of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation, UNSW Law and Justice, UNSW Sydney. Scott joined the Faculty in 2010 after a successful global career in the funds management industry advising governments, superannuation funds, insurance companies and fund managers on investment strategy, governance and regulation. Scott regularly presents at academic, professional and industry conferences in Australia and overseas and publishes in his fields of expertise.

Matthias Narr is Head Engagement International at Ethos since October 2020. He is responsible for the management of Ethos’ international dialogue programme and international engagement activities. In addition, he is a member of the Stewardship Advisory Committee of the UN PRI. Before joining Ethos, Matthias Narr worked as an Engagement Specialist in Robeco’s Governance and Active Ownership department in the Netherlands.

Julia Anna Bingler is a Doctoral Researcher at the Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich. Her research focuses on financial climate transition risk analysis, and on corporate climate risk disclosures. Prior to joining ETH, she worked for various academic institutions and think tanks on sustainable finance regulatory approaches and market-based climate policies.


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