10 Apr '11, 5pm

The price of pollution: Emissions Link to Profitability Drives New Era of Investor Activism

This week the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) launched a new investor led initiative where 35 investors holding $7.6 trillion in assets issued a request to the largest 500 public companies in the world to take concrete action to reduce their emissions. This goes beyond asking companies solely for disclosure, for good reason. "We believe that the external costs of greenhouse gas emissions will become internalized into company cash flows and profitability," said Steve Waygood, head of sustainability, research and engagement at Aviva Investors and a founding supporter of the Carbon Action initiative . "We encourage companies to consider what action that they can take now to reduce emissions." As this perspective shows, there is a growing awareness amongst the investment community that there are significant business benefits for companies from reducing their emissions. This is...

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