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Focusing on value amid rising global challenges and opportunities

Our Sustainable Investing (SI) Research Team offers a high-level view of 2023 research and engagement priorities.

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2023-12-31
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2023 ESG & Sustainability Outlook

Our head of Sustainable Investment shares key areas of focus for 2023, including climate change and biodiversity, modern slavery, data privacy, shareholder rights, and impact investing, 

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2023-12-31
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Five key ESG topics for private companies in 2023

Our ESG for Private Investments Team explores five critical ESG topics for private companies in the year ahead.

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2023-12-31
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Harnessing the power of engagement in stewardship investing

Equity Portfolio Manager Yolanda Courtines explores why company engagement is a key component of successful stewardship investing.

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2023-12-31
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Advancing stewardship on biodiversity: Engagement examples

Members of our ESG Research Team share their approach to and examples of engagements on the financial risks of biodiversity.

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2023-12-31
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Biodiversity: Why investors should take note

With scientists now broadly agreeing on the risks posed by accelerating biodiversity loss, Chris Goolgasian and Jenny Xie assess implications for investors and steps they can take.

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2023-12-31
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ESG in private markets: Insights for 2023

We highlight five key areas for private companies to prioritize in 2023 and share the essential steps they can take to keep up with today’s evolving ESG risks and opportunities.

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2023-11-30
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Understanding the climate opportunity in alternatives

Portfolio Manager Alan Hsu highlights the potential inefficiencies created by traditional long-only climate strategies.

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2023-11-30
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Physical climate risks: Implications for investors

Director of Climate Research Chris Goolgasian and Woodwell Climate Scientist Zach Zobel discuss how investors might use climate science as an input for financial decision-making.

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2023-04-30
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Advocating for better climate disclosures to improve investment outcomes
Members of our Sustainable Investment Team share recent advocacy efforts with policymakers and standard setters around the world.
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2023-10-31
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Equity investing with a thematic lens: Three game changers for 2023

Head of Investment Research Mary Pryshlak and Equity Portfolio Manager Tim Manning highlight their strongest convictions across global equity markets heading into 2023.

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2023-12-31
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Mapping physical climate risks 

Working with Woodwell Climate Research Center, we have developed a geospatial mapping tool designed to help our investors visualize and quantify physical climate risks.

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2023-10-31
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The power of capital to drive change
Jean Hynes highlights the power that science and innovation — backed by research and capital — have to solve some of the world's most pressing issues.
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2023-10-31
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A lesson in climate resilience: Why China’s recent heat wave wasn’t worse
See why Hong Kong-based Macro Strategist Santiago Millán believes China's investments in climate resilience can be a lesson for the rest of the world.
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2023-09-30
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Germany: Reducing Russian energy dependence in a hurry
Macro Strategist Juhi Dhawan sees Germany continuing to embrace the transition to renewables while also working to diversify its sources of fossil fuels.
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2022-12-30
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A critical role for climate-focused tech capital
Greg Wasserman and Molly Breiner examine the critical role that climate-focused tech capital can play in addressing climate change.
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2023-09-30
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The Inflation Reduction Act: A big deal for the US economy
US Macro Strategist Juhi Dhawan considers the economic implications of the climate- and energy-related spending provisions in the IRA, including the potential for higher productivity.
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2023-09-30
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Enhancing corporate sustainability: About our innovative virtual power purchase agreement
Learn about Wellington's groundbreaking renewable energy initiative, projected to match 100% of our US corporate and US employees’ home electricity usage with wind energy.
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2023-08-31
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Why climate change matters
We explore why climate change matters in private markets, highlight the current regulatory landscape, and profile key questions to expect from public market investors.
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2023-08-31
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Mid-2022 ESG & Sustainability Outlook
Our Mid-2022 Sustainability Outlook provides an update on our sustainability efforts, expansion of research into the economic impacts of climate change, ESG integration and stewardship, and impact platform.
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2022-12-31
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Impact investing: Increasing needs, broadening opportunities
Members of our impact investing team, offer a brief update on our impact platform, which continues to evolve amid an expanding opportunity set in developed and emerging market equities and fixed income.
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2022-12-31
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Climate change investing: Research and collaboration continue
Our research into the economic impacts of climate change continues to expand, as does our climate-related engagement and industry-leadership efforts. Members of our Climate Research Team summarize our ongoing progress.
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2022-12-01
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From autopilot to active pilot: How investors can navigate the future
President Steve Klar explains why a broader set of tools may be required to maneuver through higher volatility, changes in market structure, and the explosion in investment data.
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2023-06-30
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Global Impact Annual Report
Discover how we evolved our impact platform in 2021 and track the progress of select portfolio companies and issuers.
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2023-06-30
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Our commitment to net zero
We share our client-centric, engagement-driven approach to net zero by 2050, including our investor toolkit and measurement processes.
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2023-06-30
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Climate from the allocator's perspective
How do different asset allocators within Wellington incorporate climate change into their investment process as markets, data and regulation continue to evolve?
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2023-05-31
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2021 Climate Report
Aligned with TCFD recommendations, this report describes how we manage climate-related risks and opportunities, engage with companies on climate change, and reduce our own carbon footprint.
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2023-04-30
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2021 Sustainability Report
Sustainability is a strategic priority for our firm and an integral part of our commitment to our clients. By focusing on our clients’ objectives and pairing intellectual curiosity with discipline, we believe we can help our clients meet their long-term goals in a changing world. We appreciate the opportunity to share our approach to advancing sustainable practices across our investment, client, and infrastructure platforms.
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2023-06-14
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How a diversified approach to climate return opportunities can support decarbonisation goals
Joy Perry and Ken Baumgartner explore how a diversified approach to climate return opportunities can support decarbonisation goals.
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2022-09-30
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The full climate-investing opportunity
From devastating floods in Australia — tragically, in many of the same areas hit by fires in recent years — to wildfires in Europe and the US, widespread disasters bring into stark reality the consequences today of a changing climate. The human toll of these events has become an unfortunate yet familiar part of the news cycle, but the second-order impacts of climate change on financial markets are sometimes less well understood. Many traditional approaches to climate investing have rightly focused on these risks, but we believe both their approach and their scope are often incomplete and lacking nuance, thereby creating inefficiencies in the climate-investing landscape.
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2023-04-30
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Climate investing: The case for a market-neutral approach
We explore why climate change is a compelling organizing principle for investing and highlight the potential benefits and risks of market-neutral implementations.
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2023-04-30
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Addressing the shared financial challenge of climate change
In February, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body of the United Nations, released its Sixth Assessment Report, “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.” While the full report is 3,675 page long, the Technical Summary is just 96 pages and well worth the read. In the Summary alone, climate adaptation is referenced 442 times, versus 60 for climate mitigation.
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2022-07-30
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Stewardship and engagement: 2021 highlights and 2022 goals
Wellington’s long-standing commitment to deep fundamental research and meaningful engagement with investee companies continues to drive positive engagement outcomes that we believe support and enhance long-term investment value for our clients. We are proud of progress we made in 2021 advancing our stewardship priorities, and we have seen many positive outcomes spanning a range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. We look forward to continued momentum on ESG and to expanding our influence via active ownership in 2022.
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2023-07-31
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Navigating a new tomorrow
In this video, Wellington investment professionals and prominent guests articulate the structural risks and opportunities that we believe will shape tomorrow’s investment strategies, ranging from medical innovation spurred by the global pandemic to technological breakthroughs, and ideas aimed at curbing or mitigating climate risk.
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2023-01-31
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Adapting our capital market assumptions to the realities of climate risk
As the momentum behind decarbonisation and net-zero objectives builds around the world, asset owners are increasingly engaged in addressing the investment implications of climate change. The focus thus far has largely been on implementation at the security- and manager-selection levels, but there is a growing recognition of the need to factor climate change into broader investment policy and asset allocation decisions. To help with this process, our Investment Strategy Team, in partnership with our Climate and ESG teams, recently completed a comprehensive effort to integrate climate risks into our capital market assumptions (CMAs).
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2022-05-31
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2021 Responsible Investor USA conference: Climate investor spotlight
In this event replay from the 2021 Responsible Investor USA conference, Portfolio Manager Alan Hsu discusses how you can dynamically build a portfolio of stocks for a pragmatic net zero CO2 strategy.
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2023-01-31
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Hedging climate risk: The best defense is a good offense
Climate risks have the potential to create a long-term return drag on investment portfolios. We suggest a straightforward approach to hedging the deleterious effects of climate change.
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2023-02-28
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Japan rises to the challenge of climate change
Two of our climate investors explain how Japanese companies are developing innovative solutions to protect society from the effects of climate change.
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2023-02-28
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Decarbonization and the energy transition: The next supercycle
The low-carbon transition could be the biggest capital cycle of our lifetime, fueled by massive spending and extensive infrastructure development. We break down the investment implications.
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2022-12-31
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Integrating climate change into capital market assumptions: our approach and findings
Members of our Investment Strategy team explain how they are incorporating climate-related inputs, including physical and transition risks, into their capital market assumptions and outline the impact of these changes at the asset-class level.
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2023-01-31
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2022 Alternative Investment Outlook
Our 2022 Alternative Investment Outlook looks at 5 areas of focus for the coming year and explores private equity markets and ESG opportunities.
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2022-12-31
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Ten essential climate questions for private companies
We explore how climate change impacts private companies and share the top questions for companies to be prepared to address as this issue grows.
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2022-06-30
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Why COP26 was (probably) more constructive than headlines suggest
From better targets to methane to financial commitments, a climate investor shares his views on the lasting positive outcomes likely to emerge from the recent global conference on climate change.
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2022-07-31
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Impact investing in practice: supporting the shift to alternative energy
In this case study, we explore how our impact team supports the shift to alternative energy while seeking to capture the associated return potential.
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2022-12-31
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2022 Climate Change Investing Outlook
As the effects of climate change become more difficult to ignore, we suggest focusing on adaptation, mitigation, & engagement for 2022 climate investing plans.
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2022-12-31
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Climate Action’s Sustainable Investment Forum interview: Climate leader insight (Video replay)
In this event replay from the 2021 Sustainable Investment Forum North America, Head of Sustainable Investment Wendy Cromwell discusses the tools asset owners can consider to align portfolios with the energy transition, how investors are incorporating climate science into investment decisions, and how corporations can build credible climate commitments.
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2022-10-28
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Tying ESG to alpha — in practice
In a climate-driven capital cycle, companies that prioritise the environment and formulate clear climate strategies can become market leaders.
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2022-10-31
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Roadmap to net zero
We outline a potential roadmap to help investors transition towards a net-zero emissions portfolio and highlight two strategies that may serve as potential building blocks.
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2022-09-30
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2022 Global Economic Outlook
Our 2022 economic outlook describes the forces we believe will shape macro & market events, including significant inflationary and geopolitical risks.
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2022-11-30
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Changing “weather” patterns in alternatives and climate
Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger offers a forecast on the future of alternative and climate-related investing, with insights on manager selection, public/private allocations, climate-aware capital market assumptions, and a range of other topics.
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2022-11-30
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Update on stewardship priorities
We share an update on our 2021 stewardship priorities, including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and climate change. We also provide an update on our ESG engagement and proxy voting activity in the quarter.
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2022-10-31
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The Economist’s Sustainability Week interview: Countdown to COP26
In this event replay from The Economist’s 2021 Sustainability Week, Head of Sustainable Investment Wendy Cromwell discusses how investors are incorporating climate science data into investment decisions, the anticipated implications for capital markets of climate change adaption, and net-zero considerations for the energy transition.
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2022-10-31
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After the inflection point: How the climate challenge will transform the global economy
The decarbonization commitments of countries around the world will fundamentally reshape the global economy. Members of our Central Macro Team highlight their research findings, from the effects on growth and the cost of capital to the potential for geopolitical conflict and higher inflation.
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2022-10-31
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Countering climate risks through collaboration
Global Industry Analyst Alan Hsu and Dr. Philip Duffy of Woodwell Climate Research Center discuss the importance of close cooperation between investors and climate scientists when addressing climate action.
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2022-10-31
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Climate conundrum: Will carbon constraints affect the pursuit of other portfolio objectives?
Members of our Fundamental Factor Team share their research on the potential for trade-offs when carbon goals are integrated into outcome-oriented, factor-based portfolios.
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2022-10-31
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Tangible steps to decarbonise portfolios
We explore why equity investors need to start reducing exposure to climate risk and outline a balanced approach to moving portfolios towards net zero.
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2022-09-30
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Update on key sustainability initiatives (Q2 2021)
We offer an update and mid-year outlook on key climate- and sustainability-related initiatives at the firm. We also provide an update on our ESG engagement and proxy voting activity in the quarter.
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2022-06-30
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Update on key sustainability initiatives
We highlight progress on key sustainability initiatives: interim targets for our net-zero commitment, inclusion of location data in climate disclosures, and expanding our compliance with SFDR.
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2021-12-31
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Causes and effects of climate migration: Five essential insights
Climate-driven migration will have important social, economic, and geopolitical consequences. What experiences will drive people to leave their home? Which regions are at risk of disruption? Our Future Themes research team explores this complicated issue, including potential investment implications.
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2022-06-30
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Global credit: what to do about rising capital costs for carbon emitters
With the trend toward wider credit spreads for high carbon emitters likely to intensify, we believe avoiding issuers and industries with uncompensated ESG risks should benefit performance.
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2022-07-31
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Using climate science to uncover investment opportunities
Investors are increasingly aware of the risks posed by climate change, but perhaps less so of the unexpected opportunities that climate science can help uncover.
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2022-07-31
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Has climate transition risk been priced into equities?
The recent runup of some “green” equities has investors questioning whether climate transition risks have been priced in. But the lack of Scope 3 emissions data and wide variation in the quality of companies’ climate transition plans leave gaping inefficiencies that active investors can still exploit.
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2022-05-31
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Update on key sustainability initiatives
We highlight progress on key sustainability initiatives: interim targets for our net-zero commitment, inclusion of location data in climate disclosures, and expanding our compliance with SFDR.
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2021-12-31
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Net Zero Asset Managers initiative
By targeting net-zero emissions, investors can contribute to the global decarbonization effort. But what does this mean in practice? How do we pursue net zero while aiming to deliver competitive investment returns for clients? Our incoming CEO discusses our net-zero commitment, and members of our Sustainable Investing Team explain how we are approaching it.
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2022-06-30
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China unplugged: Investing in the world’s largest decarbonization effort
China has pledged to target peak emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2060. This massive environmental...
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2022-07-31
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Water: Priced for imperfection
Water scarcity could have profound humanitarian and economic consequences. Members of our Future Themes research team share insights from their work, including why they believe water is woefully underpriced and how investors can effectively gain exposure to this important theme.
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2022-05-31
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Tomorrow’s world today
For over 40 years, at each new business cycle, Wellington investors have been presented with a challenge: Look past current headlines to find structural trendlines that will shape markets, society and the economy in the next five to 10 years. Our goal is to extend our horizons, gather a range of diverse ideas, ignite debate and collaboration and identify potential investment opportunities ahead of the market.
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2023-05-31
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How will climate interventions affect developed economies
Green spending has been a key element in the stimulus packages announced by Western governments and the EU. But how will these measures play out economically? Macroeconomic Strategist Jens Larsen explains what he believes are the most likely outcomes
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2020 Climate Report
Prepared in alignment with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, this report details our ongoing efforts to integrate climate-related considerations into our investment platform, organizational structure, and business operations.
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2022-04-30
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2020 Sustainability Report
Our long-standing commitment to sustainable investing and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) engagement is grounded in the belief that sustainable practices are competitive advantages and value drivers. Through our firm’s culture and operations, we strive to advance sustainable practices and remain committed to continuous improvement. We appreciate the opportunity to share our approach and evolution.
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2022-03-24
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2020 Sustainability Report
Our long-standing commitment to sustainable investing and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) engagement is grounded in the belief that sustainable practices are competitive advantages and value drivers. Through our firm’s culture and operations, we strive to advance sustainable practices and remain committed to continuous improvement. We appreciate the opportunity to share our approach and evolution.
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2022-03-24
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Seeing an end to the ESG blind spot in private equity
ESG's role is coming into focus in the private market, says Hillary Flynn, director of ESG, Private Investments. She discusses governance, climate, and other key themes; the higher bar for newly IPO'd companies; and the evolving activist playbook.
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2022-01-31
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Mapping the impact of climate change
In this three-minute video, we share the climate-exposure risk-analysis tool we have developed in partnership with Woodwell Climate Research Center. This software helps our investment teams track and assess physical climate risks facing capital-market assets around the world.
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2021-12-31
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