The impacts of climate change on the global economy could not be clearer.

Unabated climate change is projected to wipe off up to 18% of worldwide GDP by 2050 and reduce as much as $23 trillion in in annual global economic output1. On the other side of the same coin, climate change solutions, such as clean energy investments are a $5 trillion investment market, which could add up to 0.4% in annual global GDP growth2.

As companies and investors plan for long-term performance, positioning themselves in light of this reality is key. As a result, they are setting climate change and even net zero goals in ever-increasing numbers to demonstrate their intention to transition and stay resilient in a changing world.

Yet, these goals have not been matched with details on how this transition will be realized and importantly, how capital will be deployed. For corporate and investor action on climate change to be effective, it must be built on a shared understanding of how such actions will contribute to global decarbonization and build value in the long term.

As an organization whose mission is to focus capital on the long term, tackling the investment implications of climate change is central to FCLTGlobal’s work. Our team is developing research and tools that will help companies and investors meet the goals outlined above.

Investor-Corporate Engagement | Toolkit

Climate Transition Conversation Guide

1 November 2021 - Companies are setting net zero and other climate commitments in growing numbers to demonstrate their readiness to take action in the face of climate change. However, meaningful details about how these commitments and even climate change itself will affect corporate strategy are scarce. Such clarity is particularly important for assets, companies, and industries in transition. The lack of clarity is impeding market reactions to climate commitments.

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Article

Why Climate Strategy Needs to Come Before Climate Reporting

27 October 2021 - A lack of “decision useful” climate disclosures has been a cause for discontent on both sides of the investment value chain.

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Podcast

Going Long Podcast: Charles Emond, CDPQ

12 October 2021 - The head of CDPQ joins the podcast to discuss the organization's unique "double mandate" - providing long-term financial returns for depositors and providing constructive capital to Quebec's economy.

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Strategy | Article

We Need Consensus On Climate Terminology

12 October 2021 - Thanks to decades of advocacy, some very real climate-related disasters, and meaningful progress on the global policy and regulatory stage, climate consciousness is finally in vogue with mainstream companies and investors.  

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In the News

Why Investors Are Skeptical About All Those Big Corporate Climate Pledges

4 October 2021 - On the face of it, climate commitments set the stage for capital to be deployed at scale to decarbonize the global economy. Yet the reality has proved to be more complicated.

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Article

Sustainability metrics: why it’s time investors look in the mirror

1 October 2021 - Investors look for sustainability and non-traditional metrics from companies they invest in, but what if they held themselves accountable in the same way? This piece is from a blog series written by members of the Global Future Council on Investing exploring factors shaping the investment portfolio of 2040.

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Report

Adapting Corporate Sustainable Value Creation Indicators for Investors

30 September 2021 - In the last few years, it has become well accepted that climate risk is investment risk, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) linked assets have skyrocketed.

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In the News

Entrenched risk-management practices will yield to climate trends

12 August 2021 - Antiquated risk management practices will be forced to evolve to accommodate climate risks. By estimating the future instead of just measuring the past, risk managers will own the beliefs and strategies that underpin their projections researchers at FCLTGlobal predict.

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Policy | Article

Comment to the SEC on Climate Change Disclosures

18 June 2021 - In light of demand for climate change information and questions about whether current disclosures adequately inform investors, the SEC recently requested public input on climate change disclosure.

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Podcast

Going Long Podcast: Mark Carney

14 June 2021 - Carney’s book, Value(s): Building a Better World for All, is available now. Episodes are also available on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube....

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Article

Capital Markets Solutions for A Sustainable Future

29 April 2021 - Commitments to net-zero objectives are taking hold across the investment value chain and present substantial opportunities. But are these initiatives likely to infuse capital into actual climate solutions, or do we risk creating structures that...

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Top Down Net-zero

Strategy | Article

A Top-Down Approach to Net-Zero Portfolios

2 March 2021 - Focusing capital on long-term climate solutions via investment portfolio construction

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Strategy | Article

Do Capital Markets Value Net Zero Commitments?

25 February 2021 - Evaluating whether market reactions reflect the value of a corporate net-zero commitment in the short, medium, and long term

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Video

Investing in the Sustainable Food & Agriculture Transition

14 April 2021 - A discussion from 14 April 2021 among top business leaders and institutional investors on the opportunities ahead to position the food and agriculture industry for a more sustainable future.

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Video

Investing in the Sustainable Infrastructure Transition

21 May 2021 - The world’s infrastructure systems face critical challenges as we look to meet the needs of a growing, increasingly urban population while at the same time dramatically reducing carbon emissions. Technological advances and the Covid-19 epidemic have expanded our conception of critical infrastructure, as telecommunications and other resources become imperative to people and economies around the world.

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Policy | Article

Comment to the IFRS Foundation on Sustainability Reporting

7 December 2020 - To the IFRS Foundation: FCLTGlobal is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit research organization that develops research and tools that encourage long-term business and investment decision-making across the global investment value chain. Focusing Capital on the Long Term began...

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Article

Global Data Providers Align on Sustainability Metrics

19 May 2021 - On 19 May 2021, five global data providers released a joint statement in support of the creation of a core set of metrics for all companies regardless of sector, geography, or size.

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Strategy | Video

Investing in the Sustainable Energy Transition – McKinsey FCLTGlobal Sustainable Transition Series

6 November 2020 - On Friday 6 November, FCLTGlobal and McKinsey & Company hosted the first panel in our virtual event series, "Investing in the Sustainable Transition." Larry Fink (BlackRock), Bernard Looney (bp), Kevin Sneader (McKinsey), and Sarah Williamson (FCLTGlobal) discussed the progress and outlook for sustainability within the global energy sector.

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1 Guo, Jessie, Daniel Kubli, and Patrick Saner. “The Economics of Climate Change.” Swiss Re. Swiss Re Institute, October 19, 2021. https://www.swissre.com/institute/research/topics-and-risk-dialogues/climate-and-natural-catastrophe-risk/expertise-publication-economics-of-climate-change.html.

2 “Net Zero by 2050.” Net Zero by 2050 – A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector. International Energy Agency, 2021. https://iea.blob.core.windows.net/assets/ad0d4830-bd7e-47b6-838c-40d115733c13/NetZeroby2050-ARoadmapfortheGlobalEnergySector.pdf.