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Advocacy


Advocating For Systemic Change

 

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Advocacy


Advocating For Systemic Change

 

We BELIEVE that the use of environmental productivityTM, WHICH UTILIZES MATERIAL NATURAL RESOURCE USE AND IMPACT DATA AND INFORMATION TO MAKE BETTER BUSINESS AND INVESTMENTS DECISIONS, will help drive the global economy to be more aligned with the world's natural systems. Our Advocacy aims for the broader understanding and use of Environmental Productivity by business leaders and professional investors. 

 

Our Advocacy programs focus on:

  • Broadening the use of Environmental Productivity analysis - a measure of the efficiency of the use of and impact on natural resources - for better business and investment decision-making.
  • Increasing corporate transparency. With a strong focus on ubiquitous disclosure of corporate key environmental data to help business leaders and investors make better investment decisions.

  • Improving corporate governance practices, combating short-term thinking, and building a more sustainable business culture. 

  • Actively voting company and shareholder resolutions.

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We Advocate for Environmental Productivity through active Education, Engagement, and Collaboration.


Education:  research reports, conference/university presentations, media/publications


Engagement: companies, investors, regulators

  • Engage directly with companies about their disclosure and environmental productivity practices and strategies related to natural resources.

    • Communicate our informed perspectives: For example, our report on Ideal Disclosure of Corporate Environmental Data.  We provide this to all portfolio companies and share this openly.  We also use it as guidance in how we assess a company’s progression toward providing full material environmental information to the investor community.

    • Join with other investment professionals to advocate for specific issues of disclosure that align with our Environmental Productivity focus.  Water use and disclosure in the food sector, has been one example.

    • Vote portfolio company proxies.

  • Submit opinions and official commentary to SEC regulators about the importance of considering environmental data a material piece of company information.

  • Engage directly with investment professionals to explain the risk and return benefits of environmental productivity practices. 

 


Collaboration and Partnership

  • Experts such as TAI Advisory Board members: Frank E. Loy, George Serafeim, Ellen Stofan PhD, Susan Tolson, Kathryn Collins (Emerita).
  • Share ideas and research, and support organizations with aligned missions - e.g. World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, World Wildlife Fund, Center for Climate and Energy Studies, CERES, USSIF, 1% for the Planet, Columbia University Earth Institute, Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance.
  • Partners such as:  CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) - Investor Member, the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Alliance, Signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI).