Institutional Shift: Corporate operations are the front lines of sustainability (podcast)

ImpactAlpha, Nov. 14 –From Moline, Illinois, John Deere & Co. directs operations in 180 countries and nearly $40 billion a year in revenues. To grow, the farm equipment and agtech giant is pointing its considerable research and investment capacity toward climate-change solutions for farmers.  “They’re thinking about the whole spectrum: if climate is changing, how does

Creating the new plastics economy

More than 320 million tons of plastic is produced annually, much of which ends up in oceans or landfill. Production is expected to double by 2034. To stem the tide, more than 400 organizations, have endorsed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, launched in October 2018 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with the

Index Impact: Passive investors are actively tilting stock indexes toward sustainability

  • Major institutional investors are moving to change the indexes. The world’s largest pension fund, the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan, has moved $40 billion in its equities portfolio from a traditional passive index based on market capitalization to one weighted for environmental, social and governance themes and, in particular, de-carbonization. 
  • If it takes hold, the change could trigger a massive shift in assets and, over time, reward companies that make faster transitions to the low-carbon economy and punish those that move slower.