With the recent signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Canada has committed to limiting the increase in global average temperatures below 2°C, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C. The years ahead promise physical, regulatory, financial and reputational risks for companies and investors related to climate change. Successful firms and investors will have to adjust to thinking of the long-term sustainability of their operations and how to transition to a lower carbon economy.
Corporate boards that include diverse members are widely viewed by shareholders as enhancing decision-making capacity, lending a wider variety of perspectives and experiences to crucial decisions. Despite this conviction, Canada’s corporate boardrooms have proven slow to embrace diversity.
Water scarcity is an urgent global issue being exacerbated by climate change and a growing population. By 2030, the world will face a 40% deficit in water supply under business-as-usual scenario predictions.
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SHARE is excited to launch its Valuing Decent Work project, which is mobilizing Canadian investors to advocate for robust decent work policies and practices by educating investors, corporate boards and other stakeholders on the importance of decent work for company performance and value creation.
Investors globally are increasingly concerned with the investment risks associated with climate change and are starting to take steps to understand and address those risks. Investors looking to green their portfolios and contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, however, may be overlooking hidden risks and opportunities.
Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) received several recognitions this month for its leadership in addressing climate change. On November 4, the CDP released its Climate Disclosure Leadership Index where TD was the highest-ranking Canadian financial institution.
Ten Canadian pension trustees and trade union officials took part in the 2015 Workers’ Capital Conference in London, England to discuss opportunities and challenges with respect to the responsible stewardship of workers’ capital in a global context.