Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Left unchecked, it will devastate our economy—impacting our health, jobs and security. Building a low-carbon economy is not just good for the planet; it’s also an opportunity for finance to play a leading role in the transition to clean energy through investment.
During the historic 2015 COP21 global negotiations, along with TomKat Charitable Trust, Next World Group, Amplifier and The Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center, we hosted Climate & Capital. The event convened influential figures from the climate and investment communities to explore how to best integrate climate knowledge into purposeful investment-decision making.
Renowned leaders in science, policy, investment and technology addressed ways for financial portfolios to become better positioned in the low-carbon economy. Former Vice- President Al Gore spoke at our post-event reception, and after the conference more than 80 percent of attendees said they were interested in future events and research.
This project falls directly in line with our core funding areas. We engaged our strategic partner, Amplifier, to collaboratively create a signature global event offering critical knowledge for philanthropists, financial leaders and policymakers about the challenges and risks of investing in the low-carbon economy. We decided to conduct reliable research that would become a resource for leading practitioners. We then gathered cross-sector leaders to explore the connection between climate and capital.
Climate and Capital attendees are now networked and can share best practices and investment opportunities. Whether they manage state public pensions funds, college endowments or other institutional assets, investors are better prepared to understand the emerging risks and opportunities presented by climate change. The investment community is primed to play a positive role and be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.