The transition to a net-zero economy is underway in every sector and region of the world.
As the sector that makes transformation across the rest of the economy possible, finance plays a critical role. Many of the world’s largest investors have already recognized the climate crisis as a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects. Increasingly, investors are looking to understand how to position themselves for this fundamental shift in finance.
As they do so, investors face an increasing number of climate initiatives with various requests, actions, and standards that have become complex and confusing to navigate. To provide investors with the clarity they’re asking for, seven major groups working with investors — AIGCC, CDP, Ceres, IGCC, IIGCC, PRI and UNEP FI — have forged a proactive collaboration to pull together and elevate the best investor guidance on tackling the climate crisis and advocate collectively for public policy to accelerate the net-zero transition.
Together, these groups form The Investor Agenda – a common leadership agenda on the climate crisis that is unifying, comprehensive, and focused on accelerating investor action for a net-zero emissions economy. With global reach and regional depth, this collaboration brings together and coordinates a number of investor and finance sector initiatives on the climate crisis.
The Investor Agenda draws on expertise from across the investor landscape to set out clearly joint expectations in four interlocking areas – corporate engagement, investment, policy advocacy and investor disclosure:
• Corporate Engagement: Engaging companies to drive and demonstrate real progress in line with a 1.5-degree Celsius future.
• Investment: Managing systemic climate risks in investor portfolios and enabling the transition by shifting capital to value-creating businesses set to succeed in a net-zero future.
• Policy Advocacy: Advocating for policies aligned with delivering a just transition to a net-zero economy by 2050 or sooner.
• Investor Disclosure: Enhancing investor disclosure to help stakeholders track investor action in line with a 1.5-degree Celsius pathway.
Together, these areas constitute a roadmap for a robust investor climate action plan, wherever investors are on the journey to a net-zero emissions economy.