The world and the economy today are facing long-term challenges such as resource security, a need to keep ecosystems healthy, and climate stability. Since there is no Planet B to turn to, it is a matter for all to work for the environmental and energy transition’s acceleration. Finance is no exception and has a role to play to reach carbon neutrality in 2050 and therefore limit temperatures increase to 1.5°C.1 Investments can also contribute to the transition to an economy that gives back to the planet more than it takes out in resources, and helps improving biodiversity. This is the purpose of the Mirova Global Environmental Equity strategy, a theme-based equity strategy aiming to invest in companies which develop robust solutions and cutting-edge services that generate a significant impact on the environmental value chain, in particular in energy and the rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Undisputedly, 2021 will have exposed, more than any year previously, the harsh reality of global warming and the environmental challenges that we all face. For the world of finance, this observation confirms that the goal should no longer be to merely finance the environmental transition to a low carbon future: the aim is to accelerate this transition by financing high-impact solutions that help the world act faster and more powerfully. In the same way as they do on the stock markets, investors in private equity1 have an essential role to play in the “decade of action” in which we have less than 10 years to attain the Sustainable Development Goals2 and make up a financing shortfall estimated at USD 2,500 billion per year3. Such is the purpose of the new Impact Private Equity activity launched by Mirova. Anne-Laurence Roucher, Deputy-CEO, and Marc Romano, Head of Mirova Impact Private Equity, tell us more about how this expertise was created and the prospects it offers for a wide-ranging investor clientele.
As sustainable investment is confirmed both as a crucial need and a growing trend, climate and ESG1 corporate disclosures remain on top of regulators and investors’ agenda. The European Union (EU) is currently revising its requirements for corporates sustainability disclosure (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive or CSRD). International bodies, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), are aiming for a climate disclosure “building block” to align practices at the global level. In June, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized a public consultation on corporate climate disclosures, to which Mirova responded. We share below our convictions that we have conveyed to the SEC and across various jurisdictions and initiatives (the EU, TCFD2…) in order to build robust, meaningful and useful frameworks for corporate climate and sustainability disclosure.
The Article 173 of the French Law on energy and transition for Green Growth requires French investors to communicate how environmental, social, and governance issues are considered in their investment choices and processes. Going beyond compliance, the annual publication of our impact report is an opportunity for us to demonstrate why and how we have put sustainable development at the core of our investment policies and engagements. It is an opportunity for us to emphasize the way we create environmental and social value, while simultaneously realizing financial performance. We hope that this report strengthens the understanding and confidence in the quality of our approach as a responsible investor.
Meet Gen Z, which are individuals born between 1996 and 2016, and accounting for a third of the global total population1. They never knew a world without internet and are more likely to be connected much of the time. We also believe they are more socially and environmentally aware and not afraid to voice their opinion. They are entering the workforce and are inclined to choose companies that are more aware of sustainability. We think that other generations will have to adapt to them, not the other way around, and they better do it fast and sustainably, as we feel the Gen Z disruption is in motion.
Discover the 2020 Althelia Sustainable Ocean Fund Impact Report.
Discover the first impact report for the LDN Fund.