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TIIP | Assessing System-Level Investments: A guide for asset owners

The financial industry’s increased emphasis on and adoption of sustainable investing raises several important questions: Is this trend a precursor to fundamental change in the theory and practice of investment? Is it just a passing fad? Or worse, an intentional exercise in “greenwashing”? If it in fact represents a fundamental change in how investment is to be conducted, how do asset owners know which financial products and services and which asset managers are truly addressing the major, material systemic social and environmental challenges of our time (e.g. climate change and income inequality)?

The financial industry’s increased emphasis on and adoption of sustainable investing raises several important questions: Is this trend a precursor to fundamental change in the theory and practice of investment? Is it just a passing fad? Or worse, an intentional exercise in “greenwashing”? If it in fact represents a fundamental change in how investment is to be conducted, how do asset owners know which financial products and services and which asset managers are truly addressing the major, material systemic social and environmental challenges of our time (e.g. climate change and income inequality)?

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