Hundreds of private and public sector leaders are mobilizing around a unified message to policymakers: Protect the Freedom to Invest Responsibly.
Whether it is the financial value of clean energy, the business risks of inflation or climate change, or the opportunities in the transition to a stronger, more resilient economy, these are undeniable factors that investors and companies consider in decision making. But there is an effort underway to restrict them from taking these considerations into account. That’s why hundreds of private and public sector leaders are mobilizing around a unified message: Protect the Freedom to invest Responsibly! They are reminding policymakers that building profitable businesses and investment portfolios and ensuring long-term shareholder value demands an analysis of all major financial risks and opportunities.
To ask us to ignore pervasive risks such as the market disruptions caused by climate change and to ignore investment opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy is asking us to stop doing our jobs.
Investors have an inviolable fiduciary duty to act with prudence, loyalty and care. That requires consideration of all the issues that can impact risk and return. We cannot ignore or overlook financially material issues when investing client and beneficiary savings.
New York City Comptroller
As responsible fiduciaries and investors, our goal is to maximize risk adjusted returns which requires considering myriad factors that threaten an individual company’s value and the economy as a whole.
Delaware State Treasurer
The truth is that growing numbers of mainstream investors and companies consider the effects of climate change in their decision making because it is just smart business.
Remind policymakers that policies that restrict consideration of all material financial risks and opportunities simply defy responsible investing and business practices.