Earth911 Podcast: Newday Impact Investing’s Anne Popkin on the Politicization of ESG Investing

Earth911 Podcast: Newday Impact Investing’s Anne Popkin on the Politicization of ESG Investing

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Anne Popkin, president and chief working officer at Newday Impact Investing, joins the dialog to debate Environmental, Social, and Governance, or “ESG,” investing. More than $8.4 trillion has been invested in ESG-related equities and funds as of the top of 2022, according to Bloomberg. And it is going to be a scorching subject for traders, Congress, and the federal authorities, in addition to a number of southern states — notably Florida and Texas, who’re at conflict with ESG as a result of it represents, in the words of Florida’s Speaker of the House, Paul Renner: “woke monetary titans who search to dictate coverage to Floridians no matter our decisions on the poll field.” Anne supplies an investor’s perspective on the politicization of ESG.

Anne Popkin, president & COO of Newday Impact Investing
Anne Popkin, president & COO of Newday Impact Investing, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

An ESG report will not be a set of sustainability commitments, although these could also be included to indicate progress at decreasing the corporate’s monetary danger. For instance, an ESG report explores the danger of enterprise disruption if the corporate continues to generate CO2 emissions that heat the planet and produce unfavourable impacts that would increase prices or interrupt provide chains. Anne explains that we’re in a quick however crucial interval of consolidating what we’ve realized to enhance the best way we measure and report enterprise danger from local weather change. Munich Re, a global reinsurance company, reports that climate-related losses in 2021 totaled greater than $210 billion globally and $95 billion within the U.S. Compare that to the 40-year U.S. common weather-related losses of $43.9 billion and it’s clear that enterprise have to be ready to climate not less than twice the climate-caused losses of only a few years in the past.

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