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Reframe and reclaim: How to win the ESG argument
6 Oct. 2022
To restore trust in ESG, we need to be much clearer on its limitations as well as its strengths, argues Mirza Baig.
So, you’ve set your net-zero target: What next? Practical considerations for asset owners on achieving net zero
27 Sep. 2022
Asset owners are increasingly committing to net-zero emissions in their portfolios by or before 2050, but it is a huge and complex undertaking. What do asset owners need to consider as they start on their decarbonisation journey?
Patterns, partnerships and a Marshall Plan for the planet: An interview with Nigel Topping
21 Sep. 2022
The UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the COP26 summit in the UK sets out how the private and public sectors can work together to tackle the climate crisis and other systemic threats. Words by Miles Costello.
Ring the changes: An interview with Kate Raworth
16 Sep. 2022
The influential academic speaks to AIQ about the flaws in traditional economic thinking and how her revolutionary “Doughnut” offers a fresh approach to solving the world’s greatest problems.
Moving mountains and markets: A new way to approach systematic risk
14 Sep. 2022
A series of market failures have brutally exposed the shortcomings of Modern Portfolio Theory. However, market participants play an active role in markets; they are not mere bystanders. Understanding this could provide a better way to think about and deal with systematic risk.
The levers of change: A systems approach to reconcile finance with planetary boundaries
13 Sep. 2022
Financial services underpin all economic activity, which itself depends on Earth’s natural capital. Resolving their interconnected issues to bring about a just transition will require a holistic, systems-thinking approach.
A tragedy of perception: Fixing the ESG blind spots in business, finance and economics
8 Sep. 2022
A distorted sense of reality has caused us to disregard sustainability concerns when modelling economies, companies and finance. We can no longer ignore such material issues just because they are too hard to fathom. This is where systems thinking comes in, explains Steve Waygood.
Redefining stewardship: Why stakeholder capitalism needs to wake up
31 Aug. 2022
Asset managers and other financial institutions have a duty to act in the best interests of their customers and society. Macro stewardship will be crucial to meeting these responsibilities, argues Mark Versey.
Know your limits: An interview with Nafeez Ahmed
29 Aug. 2022
Warnings that natural systems are close to breaking point are not new – but how will we respond? Combining what we know with existing technologies could offer a remarkable opportunity to rethink our world, as Nafeez Ahmed explains.
The burning issue: Avoiding ESG fatigue
25 Aug. 2022
How can we face existential problems and stay positive? Abigail Herron contemplates simple steps to protect momentum and avoid burnout.
Strategies to change the financial system: An interview with Natalie Mangondo
16 Aug. 2022
Can society reform the system that has enabled growth but simultaneously brought the long-term health of the planet into question? UN Climate Change High Level Champions Finance Youth Fellow Natalie Mangondo contemplates choices and change with AIQ.
Zero-COVID: China’s costly policy error
10 Aug. 2022
Beijing’s ideological battle to stamp out COVID-19 appears increasingly misguided as the rest of the world learns to live with the virus. But the impact of China’s approach will be felt far beyond its borders.