Climate & Human Rights: Investor Perspectives
London Climate Action Week | 27 June 2022 | 14:00–15:30 BST
It is now widely accepted amongst investors that the ESG performance of the companies in which they invest has a measurable impact on the risk-adjusted returns they can expect. They are further motivated by growing expectations from regulators, particularly with regard to climate action: Net Zero and Just Transition.
As a result, investors are prioritising strong performance on human rights and climate action within their portfolios. They require concrete action from their investee companies as well as robust disclosures about their performance. Companies that can meet these expectations will likely enjoy improved access to lower cost capital. Companies must therefore take action to meet emerging investor requirements and remain informed of necessary disclosures and evidence. Those which do so will see continued investor support, in addition to the benefit of increased business resilience as a result of a holistic approach to addressing climate and human rights-related risks.
As part of London Climate Action Week, the UN Global Compact Network UK convened a range of financial actors to discuss the growing investor demand for business action to address climate and human rights-related issues in their supply chains and beyond. It presented practical guidance for companies to meet investor expectation and prepare for further future requirements. The session also explored the potential of private sector investment coalitions to support emerging economies in the transition to net zero, thereby building resilience in the global supply chain and generating long-term returns.
Director of Climate and Environment
Principles for Responsible Investment
Senior Responsible Investment Analyst
Head of Responsible Investment Strategy
Legal & General Investment Management
Head of Climate Risk and Resilience
- Climate Change, Human Rights and Institutional Investors (KPMG)
- £262bn investor says it will target bosses who fail on climate or human rights (The Guardian)
CFO Principles on Integrated SDG Investments and Finance (UN Global Compact)
For any questions about the Climate and Human Rights: Investor Perspectives webinar, please contact Robert Mitton, Project Manager (Climate Action) or Cora Edwards, Project Manager (Business & Human Rights).