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Publisher Comments:

For business and investors, there's no doubt about it....The smart money is going green...and the growing movement toward ecologically forward-thinking companies is quickly becoming bigger and bigger.

What may be surprising to some is that socially responsible organizations aren't just doing the right thing for the environment, they are also paying off financially, making their investors money and increasing the bottom line. Investing in a Sustainable World reveals the most powerful global mega-trends — from the ongoing focus on emerging markets to natural resource depletion — which are transforming the very basis on which companies will compete, and offers an approach to sustainability — enhancing investing beneficial to both investors and companies.

Revolutionary and backed by undeniable statistics, this book shows the clear link between sustainability initiatives and clear-cut profitability.

Review:

"If you're a long-term investor, you have to care about sustainability, because it also equates to the ultimate sustainability of corporate earnings....We at CalSTRS take this book's message very much to heart." Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, CalSTRS

Review:

"Matthew Kiernan argues passionately — and convincingly — that the financial markets can, and should, become an engine for improving environmental and social conditions rather than undermining them!" James L. Goodfellow, F.C.A., Vice Chairman, Deloitte & Touche (Canada)

Review:

"Kiernan's sparkling, breakthrough book explains...how...[savers] can protect — and even expand — their investments." Dr. Stephen Davis, Project Director and Fellow, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance & Performance, Yale School of Management

Review:

"A compelling rationale for Wall Street to consider environmental and social criteria, not as afterthoughts but rather as core considerations in our investment decision-making framework." Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Global Head of Carbon Markets, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

Review:

"Lucid but sophisticated...perfectly timed to inform investors of the early mover advantage that is achievable in this field." Roger Urwin, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

Review:

"A colorful and personal analysis examining why the financial sector, for the most part, has not understood that increasingly business success will be shaped by both social and environmental challenges. Highly recommended." Bjorn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Review:

"Kiernan masterfully dissects the forces that are transforming the landscape of capitalism. He highlights trends that investors must take into account and that corporate leaders simply can-not afford to ignore." Dr. James C. Murphy, Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies

Review:

"There are people who know about climate and change and there are those who know about investing. In Matthew, you have someone who is passionately and effectively involved in both." Alan Brown, Group Chief Investment Officer, Schroders Investment Management

Review:

"Provocative and opinionated." Dr. Raj Thamotheram, Head of Responsible Investments, AXA Investment Management

Review:

"Financial investment and sustainable development are allies, not adversaries....In Investing in a Sustainable World, you'll see it's a simple idea." Antoine de Salins, Member of the Board, French Pensions Reserve Fund (FRR)

Review:

"Professionals who ignore Matthew Kiernan's messages here will do so at their peril." Tim Gardener, Global Head of Investment Strategy, Mercer Investment Consulting

Book News Annotation:

Kiernan, head of a sustainability research firm, has written this guide for investors who want to explor“gre” markets but lack the practical experience needed to determine which technologies will become successful. The author explains how most experts have been reluctant to recommend sustainable investments due to radical changes in these trends, and he outlines a strategy that will remove the middleman and allow readers to make decisions that will yield substantial dividends. By analyzing the natural forces (climate change, pollution, population growths and human rights) that affect the green industry, this book provides an investmen“roadm” that follows the lead of successful money managers, consultants and research firms. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Welcome to the Sustainable Investment Revolution! The investment world today is on the cusp of a transformation literally of unprecedented proportions. A series of powerful and converging global mega trends from emerging markets to climate change are making the ability of companies to manage environmental and social (ES) issues increasingly critical to their competitiveness, financial performance, and even to their very survival. And precisely the same holds true for their investors. For at least the next 20 years, ES considerations will be redefining the contours and competitive dynamics of the entire, $70 trillion-plus global investment universe.

Unfortunately, most investors aren’t adequately equipped to deal with this brave new world. Paralyzed by increasingly obsolete mindsets, analytical tools, and research, they seem largely oblivious to both the enormous risks and the opportunities, which not only lie ahead but are already here today. Successful 21st-century investors will need to learn how to cope with this radically changed new environment; this insightful new book will be invaluable in showing them how to do so.

 

Investing in a Sustainable World explains why institutional investors have been so reluctant, even antagonistic, about making ES a central strategic element in their decision making processes. More important, the book details how several leading-edge investors are getting ahead of the curve, and how you can and must too.

 

This new revolution is not your grandmother’s “socially responsible investing” (SRI); instead, it is a resolutely mainstream phenomenon, focused on achieving superior financial returns. What’s more, its impacts will likely be far more positive and transformational than those achieved by the SRI niche approaches with which it is so frequently confused.

 

Investing in a Sustainable World provides readers with:

    An explanation and puncturing of investment dogmas and mythologies that have until now prevented investors from recognizing and taking full advantage of global megatrends.

    An incisive analysis of the accelerating forces that are making the new sustain­able investment strategies not only prudent, but indispensable: climate change, pollution, population growth, human rights, access to affordable medicines in emerging markets, opportunities for the 4 billion people at the “base of the economic pyramid,” and more.

    A first-time look at how leading-edge main­stream asset owners pension funds, foundations and endowments, and even a sovereign wealth fund are actively incorporating ES factors into their investment strategies.

    Snapshots of some of the pioneering money managers, consultants, and research firms driving the Sustainable Investment Revolution forward.

    A conceptual framework and road map for other forward looking investors ready to follow their lead.

 

From energy to real estate and banking to automobiles, the competitive landscape for business is changing in unprecedented ways and at a furious pace. Featuring compelling examples, real numbers, and incontrovertible evidence, Investing in a Sustainable World shows you why and how the smart money is now on green—and will be for at least the next few decades.

 

Matthew J. Kiernan, Ph.D., is founder and Chief Executive of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., the top-ranked sustain­a­bility investment research firm in the world. He had pre­viously served as Direc­tor of the World Busi­ness Coun­cil for Sustain­able Devel­­opment, and has spoken sev­eral times at the pres­ti­gious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzer­land. Dr. Kiernan di­vides his time among Toronto, New York, and London.

 

Synopsis:

Advance praise for Investing in a Sustainable World:

 

“If you’re a long-term investor, you have to care about sustainability, because it also equates to the ultimate sustainability of corporate earnings.... We at CalSTRS take this book’s message very much to heart.”           

    Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, CalSTRS

 

“Matthew Kiernan argues passionately—and convincingly—that the financial markets can, and should, become an engine for improving environmental and social conditions rather than undermining them!”      

    James L. Goodfellow, F.C.A., Vice Chairman, Deloitte & Touche (Canada)

 

“Kiernan’s sparkling, breakthrough book explains . . .  how  . . . [savers]  can protect—and even expand—their investments.”    

            — Dr. Stephen Davis, Project Director and Fellow, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance & Performance, Yale School of Management

 

“A compelling rationale for Wall Street to consider environmental and social criteria, not as afterthoughts but rather as core considerations in our investment decision-making framework.”  

            — Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Global Head of Carbon Markets, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

 

“Lucid but sophisticated . . . perfectly timed to inform investors of the early mover advantage that is achievable in this field.”   

    Roger Urwin, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

 

“A colorful and personal analysis examining why the financial sector, for the most part, has not understood that increasingly business success will be shaped by both social and environmental challenges. Highly recommended.”

    Bjorn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

 

“Kiernan masterfully dissects the forces that are transforming the landscape of capitalism.  He highlights trends that investors must take into account and that corporate leaders simply can­not afford to ignore.”     

    Dr. James C. Murphy, Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies

 

“There are people who know about climate and change and there are those who know about investing.  In Matthew, you have someone who is passionately and effectively involved in both.”

    Alan Brown, Group Chief Investment Officer, Schroders Investment Management

 

“Provocative and opinionated.”

    Dr. Raj Thamotheram, Head of Responsible Investments, AXA Investment Management

 

“Financial investment and sustainable development are allies, not adversaries. . . . In Investing in a Sustainable World, you’ll see it’s a simple idea.”

    Antoine de Salins, Member of the Board, French Pensions Reserve Fund (FRR)

 

“Professionals who ignore Matthew Kiernan’s messages here will do so at their peril.”

            — Tim Gardener, Global Head of Investment Strategy, Mercer Investment Consulting

About the Author

Matthew J. Kiernan, Ph.D., is Founder and Chief Executive of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., a global leader in sustainability investment research.

Table of Contents

Contents

Changing Finance and Financing Change:

The Genesis of This Book                                                    

Acknowledgments                                                                    

1   

Welcome to the Sustainable Investment Revolution!              

2   

What’s Taken Us So Long?: The Power of Intellectual and ­Organizational Inertia 

3   

Perverse Outcomes and Lost Opportunities                        

4   

But What Does the Evidence Really Say?                           

5   

Toward a New Postmodern,Sustainable Portfolio Theory   

6   

Why Does it All Matter,Anyway?: The State of the World    

7   

Sustainability and Competitive Advantage: The New

Corporate Imperative—and Some Success Stories                    

8   

The Game-Changers. Part I: Collective Initiatives              

9   

The Game-Changers. Part II: The Individual

Owners of Capital                                                                                 

10    The Game-Changers. Part III: The Service

Providers        

11    Making It Happen                                                            

12    Some Final Thoughts

                                                       

Appendices: How It’s Actually Done

What Our Readers Are Saying

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shimmeul, January 7, 2009 (view all comments by shimmeul)
This book really covers the last trends in sustainable finance but can be read by any person who has interest in the last corporate social responsibility developments. It has an innovative, visionary approach of what sustainability means in the corporate world. The cases studies are amazing! Thanks for publishing this.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780814410929
Author:
Kiernan, Matthew J.
Publisher:
AMACOM/American Management Association
Subject:
Green Business
Subject:
Investments & Securities - General
Subject:
Investments
Subject:
Green movement
Subject:
Investment analysis
Subject:
Social responsibility of business
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Securities
Subject:
Business, Investing
Subject:
Investments & Securities
Subject:
General
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.4 lb
Age Level:
18

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Product details 320 pages AMACOM/American Management Association - English 9780814410929 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If you're a long-term investor, you have to care about sustainability, because it also equates to the ultimate sustainability of corporate earnings....We at CalSTRS take this book's message very much to heart."
"Review" by , "Matthew Kiernan argues passionately — and convincingly — that the financial markets can, and should, become an engine for improving environmental and social conditions rather than undermining them!"
"Review" by , "Kiernan's sparkling, breakthrough book explains...how...[savers] can protect — and even expand — their investments." Dr. Stephen Davis, Project Director and Fellow, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance & Performance, Yale School of Management
"Review" by , "A compelling rationale for Wall Street to consider environmental and social criteria, not as afterthoughts but rather as core considerations in our investment decision-making framework."
"Review" by , "Lucid but sophisticated...perfectly timed to inform investors of the early mover advantage that is achievable in this field."
"Review" by , "A colorful and personal analysis examining why the financial sector, for the most part, has not understood that increasingly business success will be shaped by both social and environmental challenges. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Kiernan masterfully dissects the forces that are transforming the landscape of capitalism. He highlights trends that investors must take into account and that corporate leaders simply can-not afford to ignore."
"Review" by , "There are people who know about climate and change and there are those who know about investing. In Matthew, you have someone who is passionately and effectively involved in both."
"Review" by , "Provocative and opinionated."
"Review" by , "Financial investment and sustainable development are allies, not adversaries....In Investing in a Sustainable World, you'll see it's a simple idea."
"Review" by , "Professionals who ignore Matthew Kiernan's messages here will do so at their peril."
"Synopsis" by ,

Welcome to the Sustainable Investment Revolution! The investment world today is on the cusp of a transformation literally of unprecedented proportions. A series of powerful and converging global mega trends from emerging markets to climate change are making the ability of companies to manage environmental and social (ES) issues increasingly critical to their competitiveness, financial performance, and even to their very survival. And precisely the same holds true for their investors. For at least the next 20 years, ES considerations will be redefining the contours and competitive dynamics of the entire, $70 trillion-plus global investment universe.

Unfortunately, most investors aren’t adequately equipped to deal with this brave new world. Paralyzed by increasingly obsolete mindsets, analytical tools, and research, they seem largely oblivious to both the enormous risks and the opportunities, which not only lie ahead but are already here today. Successful 21st-century investors will need to learn how to cope with this radically changed new environment; this insightful new book will be invaluable in showing them how to do so.

 

Investing in a Sustainable World explains why institutional investors have been so reluctant, even antagonistic, about making ES a central strategic element in their decision making processes. More important, the book details how several leading-edge investors are getting ahead of the curve, and how you can and must too.

 

This new revolution is not your grandmother’s “socially responsible investing” (SRI); instead, it is a resolutely mainstream phenomenon, focused on achieving superior financial returns. What’s more, its impacts will likely be far more positive and transformational than those achieved by the SRI niche approaches with which it is so frequently confused.

 

Investing in a Sustainable World provides readers with:

    An explanation and puncturing of investment dogmas and mythologies that have until now prevented investors from recognizing and taking full advantage of global megatrends.

    An incisive analysis of the accelerating forces that are making the new sustain­able investment strategies not only prudent, but indispensable: climate change, pollution, population growth, human rights, access to affordable medicines in emerging markets, opportunities for the 4 billion people at the “base of the economic pyramid,” and more.

    A first-time look at how leading-edge main­stream asset owners pension funds, foundations and endowments, and even a sovereign wealth fund are actively incorporating ES factors into their investment strategies.

    Snapshots of some of the pioneering money managers, consultants, and research firms driving the Sustainable Investment Revolution forward.

    A conceptual framework and road map for other forward looking investors ready to follow their lead.

 

From energy to real estate and banking to automobiles, the competitive landscape for business is changing in unprecedented ways and at a furious pace. Featuring compelling examples, real numbers, and incontrovertible evidence, Investing in a Sustainable World shows you why and how the smart money is now on green—and will be for at least the next few decades.

 

Matthew J. Kiernan, Ph.D., is founder and Chief Executive of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., the top-ranked sustain­a­bility investment research firm in the world. He had pre­viously served as Direc­tor of the World Busi­ness Coun­cil for Sustain­able Devel­­opment, and has spoken sev­eral times at the pres­ti­gious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzer­land. Dr. Kiernan di­vides his time among Toronto, New York, and London.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

Advance praise for Investing in a Sustainable World:

 

“If you’re a long-term investor, you have to care about sustainability, because it also equates to the ultimate sustainability of corporate earnings.... We at CalSTRS take this book’s message very much to heart.”           

    Christopher Ailman, Chief Investment Officer, CalSTRS

 

“Matthew Kiernan argues passionately—and convincingly—that the financial markets can, and should, become an engine for improving environmental and social conditions rather than undermining them!”      

    James L. Goodfellow, F.C.A., Vice Chairman, Deloitte & Touche (Canada)

 

“Kiernan’s sparkling, breakthrough book explains . . .  how  . . . [savers]  can protect—and even expand—their investments.”    

            — Dr. Stephen Davis, Project Director and Fellow, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance & Performance, Yale School of Management

 

“A compelling rationale for Wall Street to consider environmental and social criteria, not as afterthoughts but rather as core considerations in our investment decision-making framework.”  

            — Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Global Head of Carbon Markets, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America

 

“Lucid but sophisticated . . . perfectly timed to inform investors of the early mover advantage that is achievable in this field.”   

    Roger Urwin, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

 

“A colorful and personal analysis examining why the financial sector, for the most part, has not understood that increasingly business success will be shaped by both social and environmental challenges. Highly recommended.”

    Bjorn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

 

“Kiernan masterfully dissects the forces that are transforming the landscape of capitalism.  He highlights trends that investors must take into account and that corporate leaders simply can­not afford to ignore.”     

    Dr. James C. Murphy, Director, International Institute for Strategic Studies

 

“There are people who know about climate and change and there are those who know about investing.  In Matthew, you have someone who is passionately and effectively involved in both.”

    Alan Brown, Group Chief Investment Officer, Schroders Investment Management

 

“Provocative and opinionated.”

    Dr. Raj Thamotheram, Head of Responsible Investments, AXA Investment Management

 

“Financial investment and sustainable development are allies, not adversaries. . . . In Investing in a Sustainable World, you’ll see it’s a simple idea.”

    Antoine de Salins, Member of the Board, French Pensions Reserve Fund (FRR)

 

“Professionals who ignore Matthew Kiernan’s messages here will do so at their peril.”

            — Tim Gardener, Global Head of Investment Strategy, Mercer Investment Consulting

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