Investors and Businesses – our best chance to avert climate change?

Over the last decade climate change has become a topic that affects everybody. However, the recent report from UN IPCC has highlighted that the world’s governments are “nowhere near on track” to meet their commitments to avoid global warming. This can have catastrophic results with loss of arctic sea in the summer accelerating intense heatwaves, floods, droughts and ocean acidification.[1] So how can we start to address this?

Given a failure of government to effectively tackle the issues, it is increasingly apparent that addressing climate change has to involve individuals, businesses and investors worldwide. Whilst individual action and lobbying is effective, we believe that the financial sector has a significant role to play as a strategic driver for change, by engaging their invested companies to take greater actions on their environmental impacts.

The scale of the transition required is huge, but it also brings new opportunities. The influential report of 2018 from the New Climate Economy estimated that the world would gain $26tn of economic benefits from transitioning to a low-carbon, sustainable growth path.[2] Set against the current backdrop, many investors have already started to recognize these benefits and are considering pursuing ESG integration in their investment process. Large institutional investors i.e. Pension and Mutual Funds are also reacting to pressure from their members to act in an ethical and climate aware manner. The question is no longer “why” sustainability factors are important, but “how” to efficiently implement sustainability metrics into their strategy.

Fortunately, there are already tools and solutions available to help investors align with this goal. Analytical tools can help investors and their portfolio companies to implement, measure and report their sustainability KPIs.

Here’s a look at how Turnkey Group, listed by UN PRI as a leading software provider, is using technology to track and analyse Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to support businesses and investors growth.

Turnkey Group has been working within the investment sector and their portfolio companies over the last 3 years and can see increasing demands for sustainability reporting. “By engaging portfolio companies in sustainability, investors not only help them to improve their climate impact, but also to produce better financial results. We found that some companies are initially sceptical about implementing sustainability metrics, however after a couple of months, as they began to see both carbon mitigation and cost saving opportunities, they become very engaged in the process,” said Tony Wines, CEO of Turnkey Group.

Turnkey Group provides an advanced sustainability platform and analytical tools that allow investors to track and compare the performance of their portfolio accounts and for those companies to monitor their internal Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data and drive improvement. The company also supports investors during the ESG due diligence process which allows actions to be taken much sooner and embedded into the investment discussion.

“Looking at carbon mitigation and other environmental metrics such as: water, waste or air pollution is extremely important. However, we do not forget about the social aspect of sustainability and help companies to measure their performance in the areas of employees rights, gender equality, diversity, inclusion, training, etc. By doing that, businesses strengthen their competitive advantage, become more attractive to customers, employees and investors and finally align with international standards, such as UN SDGs and PRI, the Global Reporting Initiative and Stock Exchange mandates”, said Ian Catley, Director of Turnkey Group.

Monitoring sustainability impact across the entire supply chain allows both investors and companies to mitigate reputational risk. The trap that many investors and companies fall into is ignoring what could happen if they do not have transparency of their sustainability performance.  For example, what if a company does not take sufficient measures around human rights in their supply chain or if inefficient operations of a manufacturing plant led to water scarcity in the area? In recent years, we have witnessed many companies facing critical consequences due to reputational scandals linked to their environmental or social performance.

In conclusion, there’s one key takeaway from last week’s IPCC report:
We need to act immediately to cut as much carbon pollution as possible, as fast as possible.

Investors, financial institutions and businesses have the ability to act faster and more efficiently than public institutions and can therefore be a catalyst to make change happen. They also stand to significantly benefit from taking up carbon mitigation actions with well-defined and measured sustainability targets acting as profit centers for their business.  Using technology tools like Turnkey Group’s Sustainability Platform can make this process more efficient and beneficial not just for carbon mitigation purpose, but also for the triple bottom line of your business.


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Turnkey Group supports companies and an investors’ portfolio by measuring and reporting their sustainability KPIs in a consistent and transparent manner. With our solutions, you can measure and report on your ESG impact more effectively, identify ESG risks in your company, supply chain or investment portfolio and make the most out of your sustainability credentials. Turnkey Group has significant expertise working with global companies from multiple industries and private equity firms and their diversified network of portfolio companies.

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