Tag Archives: water

Oct 15, 2020

The Case for Investing in Water

Water is essential to the production and delivery of nearly all goods and services. Many businesses are reliant on a sufficient flow of clean water to operate and realize their growth ambitions. Overconsumption of water, water pollution, environmental degradation, and changing climatic conditions are making clean water an increasingly scarce resource.1 As the world population…

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Mar 22, 2018

ESG Meets Behavioral Finance – Part 3

Black Swans and Green Elephants: Time Inconsistency, Salience, and the Tragedy of the Horizon “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”[1] These were Benjamin Franklin’s cautionary words over 250 years ago. March 22, 2018, is World Water Day, and this year the residents of Cape Town will be feeling the poignancy…

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Nov 14, 2016

Water and Financial Returns—Don’t Be Hung Out to Dry

Recently, investment professionals have paid increasing attention to the impact of carbon-intensive businesses on financial returns.  Stricter regulation and increased certainty of higher carbon pricing have made this a mainstream concern.  S&P Global Ratings’ announcement of a green assessment of debt finance in September 2016 is one notable example of this trend. Water scarcity, as…

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Oct 19, 2016

Water Risk for Business – Three Key Questions

Water crises are the top societal global risk in terms of impact, according to The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2016. There is of course no lack of water; the risk is around availability of fresh water which constitutes just 2.5% of the world’s water. This has broadly been the case for millennia –…

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