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Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long-Term Performance

Edited By: Cary Krosinsky and Nick Robins

244 pages, figures, tables, index

Earthscan

Hardback | Sep 2008 | #174817 | ISBN-13: 9781844075485
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About this book

With climate change and the imperative of sustainability transforming the world's capital markets, concerned investors need to know how best to position themselves for potentially radical market change. Billions of dollars, pounds and yen are being managed with a view to environmental, social and governance factors. Evolving out of the ethical, socially responsible investment waves of the recent past, sustainable investing involves the conscious integration of extra-financial factors into strategies for generating long-term financial returns.In essence, sustainable investing is fast becoming the smart way of generating long-term returns. With conventional investors now scrambling to factor in issues such as climate change, business ethics and human rights, this book captures a turning point in the evolution of global finance.

Bringing together leading practitioners of sustainable investing from across the globe, this book will chart how this agenda has evolved, what impact it has today, and what prospects are emerging for the years ahead.In the era of climate change and $100 oil, sustainable investing - already worth hundreds of billions - is beginning a massive super-cycle that will see those in the know riding a wave to enormous profits and a positive future.

This book covers cleantech, renewable energy, carbon trading, property investment, commodities, rating agencies, indices, stock markets, the burgeoning markets of China and India, and much more. Written by the world's leading experts, this book provides a consensus of insider views - essential for investors, fund managers, business leaders and consultants.

'Buy and read this book. Without it, you are playing yesterday's game.' Robert A. G. Monks 'Sustainable Investing is a good read for managing your portfolio.' Nature 'A sophisticated overview of many of the most important issues in sustainable investing. It should be required reading for anyone with a serious interest in the great work of marrying ecology and economy in the service of life.' Environmental Grantmakers Association Journal 'There is no recognised discipline called i? sustainable investingi? . Rather, there are swathes of new emerging asset classes from water to carbon that can no longer be ignored. The strength of this book is that it brings specialist voices to bear on all of those emerging niches, from private equity to carbon trading.' CNBC European Business 'Offers answers to questions the whole world is asking.' Alan Petrillo, The KLD Blog 'Krosinsky and Robins have collected essays by some of the brightest minds of the sustainable investing movement.' Anne Moore Odell, Social Funds 'Essential reading, whether you are an investor, a CEO or simply someone wanting to enjoy both a pension and a world fit for future life.' John Elkington, co-founder of ENDS, SustainAbility and Volans, and co-author of The Power of Unreasonable People 'A significant contribution to a rapidly growing field ... This is a must-read book for practitioners and investment analysts alike.' Gordon L. Clark, Oxford University 'This book richly deserves to be read by everyone in the investment community - and many beyond.' Rob Lake, APG Investments, The Netherlands 'This book is a good resource for a fairly broad audience i? from investment analysts to CEOs to concerned citizens wanting to understand how investment incentives can be used to impact positive change.' World Future Review 'Accessible to all redaers, Sustainable Investing provides a good overview of the topic, along with investing strategies and opportunities.' E.C. Erickson, California State University, Stanislaus, USA 'Someone interested in valuable information and ideas at the current frontiers of Sustainable Investing may well find many interesting chapters in this book.' Social and Environmental Accountability Journal


Contents

Where We Are Today and Why It's All About Sustainability; Equity Investing and Sustainability; Fixed Income, Microfinance and All Other Markets; Cleantech - Clean Energy and Sustainability; Responsible Property Investing and Sustainability; Carbon Markets and Sustainability; Changing Economics and Analysis: Carbonizing Valuation; Advocacy in the US and Sustainability; Advocacy in the UK and Sustainability; Changing Corporate Behaviour; Emerging Markets and Sustainable Investing; Sustainable Investment in India; China and Sustainable Investing Opportunities; Deep Water - The Pending Water Crisis and GRI; Verification and Sustainability; The Sustainable Stock Exchange; Future Prospects Globally; Conclusion; Appendices: Glossary, Key Initiatives, Rating Agencies, SRI Funds and Firms, SRI Indices and Consensus of Most Owned Companies; Index.

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Biography

Cary Krosinsky is the Expert Group member for Principles for Responsible Investment of UNEP FI and the Director of Ownership Data at CapitalBridge, USA. Nick Robins, former Head of SRI research and SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors is now Head of the HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence.

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