Advocating For Systemic Change
Advocating For Systemic Change
At Terra Alpha, our advocacy work is focused on education, engagement, and collaboration among business leaders and professional investors to build awareness that it is financially beneficial to consider natural resource efficiency, and that this plays a role in better long-term returns. We believe that when companies achieve better Environmental Productivity™- a measure of corporate efficiency in the use of and impact on natural resources - economies will be more aligned with the world's natural systems. This will also help ensure businesses are sustainable in a world that is increasingly resource-constrained.
Our Advocacy focuses on:
Scaling the use of Environmental Productivity™ analysis for better business and investment decision-making.
Increasing transparency in corporate environmental data disclosure.
Improving corporate governance practices to encourage a long-term horizon and build more sustainable business practices.
Actively voting company and shareholder resolutions to advocate for greater transparency in corporate decisions.
EDUCATION: RESEARCH AND PRESENTATIONS
RESEARCH. We develop research reports on disclosure and specific resources such as water, waste, emissions:
PRESENT. We present at conferences and as a guest lecturer at universities, including:
CFA Society of NYC, Climate Leadership Conference, Ethical Corporation Conference, Dartmouth Consortium conference
Brown University, Duke University, University of Maryland, The College of William and Mary
CONTRIBUTE. We contribute to books and publish articles:
Environmental Productivity, Trusts & Estates, September 2016
Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in Theory and Practice, Terra Alpha contribution: Chapter 10a - Water as an Investment Consideration, Edited by Cary Krosinsky and Sophie Purdom, January 2017
BLOG. Our team and our Advisory Board members have blogged about their perspectives:
ENGAGEMENT: COMPANIES, INVESTORS, REGULATORS
Engage companies about their data and information disclosure, Environmental Productivity™ practices, and strategy.
Communicate our informed perspectives. We use our report on Ideal Disclosure of Corporate Environmental Data as guidance in how we assess a company’s progression toward providing the array of material environmental information to the investor community. We provide this ideal disclosure guidance directly to all portfolio companies, and share our thoughts publicly via our website.
Advocate with other investment firms. We advocate jointly for issues that align with our Environmental Productivity™ focus - such as water-use disclosure in the food sector.
Vote portfolio company proxies.
Engage other investment professionals to explain the risk and return benefits of assessing Environmental Productivity™ practices.
Submit opinions and official commentary to regulators about the importance of considering environmental data as a material piece of company information.
Collaborate with individuals with expertise such as our TAI Advisory Board: Amy Dine, Frank E. Loy, George Serafeim, Margot Lee Shetterly, David Yeh, Katherine Collins (Emerita) Ellen Stofan PhD (Emerita), and Susan Tolson (Emerita).
Partner with organizations for ideas, research, and amplifying our campaign for Environmental Productivity™ such as: World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, World Wildlife Fund, Center for Climate and Energy Studies, CERES and part of their Investor Network, USSIF, 1% for the Planet, Columbia University Earth Institute, Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance, CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) as an Investor Member, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as an Alliance Member, Signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) and member of the CFAP/PRI Integration Working Group.