Earth911 Podcast: Newday Influence Investing’s Anne Popkin on the Politicization of ESG Investing

Anne Popkin, president and chief working officer at Newday Impact Investing, joins the dialog to debate Environmental, Social, and Governance, or “ESG,” investing. Greater than $8.4 trillion has been invested in ESG-related equities and funds as of the tip of 2022, according to Bloomberg. And will probably be a sizzling matter for buyers, Congress, and the federal authorities, in addition to a number of southern states — notably Florida and Texas, who’re at conflict with ESG as a result of it represents, in the words of Florida’s Speaker of the House, Paul Renner: “woke monetary titans who search to dictate coverage to Floridians no matter our decisions on the poll field.” Anne gives an investor’s perspective on the politicization of ESG.

Anne Popkin, president & COO of Newday Impact Investing
Anne Popkin, president & COO of Newday Influence Investing, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

An ESG report is just not a set of sustainability commitments, although these could also be included to indicate progress at lowering the corporate’s monetary threat. For instance, an ESG report explores the danger of enterprise disruption if the corporate continues to generate CO2 emissions that heat the planet and produce unfavorable impacts that might elevate prices or interrupt provide chains. Anne explains that we’re in a short however important interval of consolidating what we’ve realized to enhance the way in which we measure and report enterprise threat from local weather change. Munich Re, a global reinsurance company, reports that climate-related losses in 2021 totaled greater than $210 billion globally and $95 billion within the U.S. Examine that to the 40-year U.S. common weather-related losses of $43.9 billion and it’s clear that enterprise have to be ready to climate a minimum of twice the climate-caused losses of only a few years in the past.

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