Client Nykredit | 2015

In the lead up to COP21 where the Paris Agreement was established, Sustainia published a report and hosted a roundtable discussion with 35 business leaders, highlighting the economic benefits of sustainability.

The challenge

In the run up to COP21 in Paris there was much pressure on international leaders to establish an agreement on how to tackle climate change. Sustainable finance was a large and complex piece in this puzzle, with poor understanding amongst many business and policy leaders.

We may soon face a paradigm shift in the way business operates, as well as how it prioritizes and measures success – a new version of the value based market economy. 

Erik Rasmussen – Founder of Sustainia 

The solution

Sustainia took our trademark approach of turning risks to opportunities and showed the potential of sustainable investments, highlighting the best examples from the industry. This report stemmed from a study of 5000 companies and highlighted some of the economic benefits for investing in a sustainable future. It was also used as a starting point for a roundtable discussion with 35 business leaders prior to COP21, helping to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable finance.

The report can be downloaded here.

This is the first time we have seen such a clear correlation between ESG (environmental, social and governance) ratings and returns. Companies with higher ESG-ratings simply created more value.

Søren Larsen – Head of Socially Responsible Investments (SRI) at Nykredit 

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