From the Stockholder to the Stakeholder: How sustainability can drive financial outperformance

This research report, commissioned by Arabesque, draws attention to the benefits of integrating sustainability criteria into the investment process, and investigates the degree to which this results in a positive or negative return. The research is based on literature detailing environmental, social, and governance issues that is of relevance for companies and financial markets.

Safe Carbon Investment Initiative

The aim of this Safe Carbon Investment initiative is to provide the fossil fuel industry (both investors and customers) with an agreed set of principles, guidelines, and outline compliance protocols. This will ensure that continued investment in this economic activity is neither committing society to dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system nor binding future taxpayers to prohibitively expensive mitigation or remediation measures. The key output of this project will be a set of principles and guidelines defining financially prudent and ethically acceptable investment in fossil fuel assets.

Implications of Climate Change Report

'The Implications of Climate Change and Environmental Challenges' report (2014), commissioned by the Royal Bank of Scotland, assessed the impact of climate change on banks. The report highlighted impacts which in turn create risks or opportunities arising from either policy, regulatory, or market responses to future climate change threat, or, alternatively, emerge from the physical impacts of climate change. One area of focus was the indirect impact of climate policy on RBS through shifts in the creditworthiness, or even bankruptcy risk, of clients in key lending sectors.

Sustainable Food: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Food Production

Global food production faces immense ecological sustainability challenges. With population growth coupled with the emergence of a global middle class, both absolute and per capita demand growth for agricultural goods - food crops, livestock products, and seafood - is accelerating. As a result, Morgan Stanley supported a SSEE research project to investigate how failing to improve the world's food production and distribution system could contribute to a vicious cycle of environmental risks. For further information please see the report below and reference on the Morgan Stanley website.

Report: Sustainable Food Challenges and Opportunities in Global Food Production [PDF 8.1MB]