Sustainable Investment 2018-08-06T14:36:12+00:00

Sustainable Investment

Sustainable investment is the umbrella term for investment processes that take the influence of ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria into account in their financial analyses and decisions. ESG and SRI (socially responsible investment) have exploded in recent years as investors have embraced the idea of matching their values with their portfolios. In doing so, ETFs have become a major winner as several mega-trends have emerged from SRI. Top fields of investments are Climate Change and Renewable Energy, Digital Security, Gender Diversity, Healthier and Organic Food, Driverless and Electric Vehicles.

We are experts when it comes to investment decisions that are profitable and sustainable, so why not take a closer look at your investment strategy?

Your benefit

  • Investments that are profitable AND sustainable
  • Reduce environmental and social risks in your portfolio
  • Broaden your client base (B2B): institutional investors such as company pension funds and others are increasingly integrating ESG factors into their investment decisions
  • Broaden your client base (B2C): millennials are leading the charge into SRI indexes and funds; they are willing to support an organization with their money and boycott those that are not aligned with their values; women are more than two times likely than men to consider investments that deliver positive returns AND make a positive impact
  • Investors have realized the importance of various ESG factors for society and major pension plans


Our Services

Sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) has become a cultural phenomenon. It is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. US SIF Foundation’s 2016 Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends shows that more than one out of every five dollars under professional management in the United States—$8.72 trillion or more—was invested according to SRI strategies. Just as there is no single approach to SRI, there is no single term to describe it. Depending on their emphasis, investors use labels such as: community investing, ethical investing, green investing and impact investing, among others.

Money is not all that is important. However, all that is important has value, and value in a business context is typically measured in terms of money. Paradoxically, as business speaks the language of money, the things that most of us value most – a healthy environment, healthy relationships and a healthy society – remain invisible to companies’ decision-makers and investors.
However, the problem itself is not invisible. Businesses recognise the need for recognising value beyond the purely financial, and Sustainability accounting aims to bridge this gap. By using best-available techniques from natural sciences & economics, we can express non-financial value in the language of money, which allows business to more easily align its operations with what it truly values.
Sustainability accounting utilises the guidance of the Natural and Social Capital protocols – developed in collaboration with academia and NGOs – by business for business. Via the Protocols, business can make the invisible visible.

Portfolios consist of a variety of investments – some are more favorable for sustainable development (e.g. renewable energy) others are in conflict with sustainability (e.g. gambling, nuclear power, coal industry). Starting from an AS-IS status of the current investment portfolio,denkstatt shows a clear road map how to proceed.

denkstatt calculates the CO2-emissions which are caused by the investments and develops strategies to reduce the Carbon Footprint which are induced by the investments.

Portfolios consist of a variety of investments – some are more favorable for sustainable development (e.g. renewable energy) others are in conflict with sustainability (e.g. gambling, nuclear power, coal industry). Starting from an AS-IS status of the current investment portfolio, denkstatt shows a clear road map how to proceed.

Our Stories

  • Employee provision funds: Validation of ESG processes, communication and investment performance as a long-term member of the respective jury for the Austrian sustainability certification system
  • Development of a sustainable savings account which supports green and regional investments
  • Publicly owned utility: determination of the sustainability level of a multibillion investment portfolio comprising more than 10,000 titles
  • Compare the externalities – the hidden costs and benefits – of Metro AG Food Service Distribution (FSD) business model with those of its traditional cash & carry stores by quantifying and monetising their impacts on society and the environment.
  • Elaboration of Integrated Profit & Loss statement for 2015 (incl. environmental and social impacts) – DPM Bulgaria
  • The Coca Cola Company – Comparing the true benefits of water restoration Projects

Our Customers

Raiffeisen
Volksbanken
DPM Chelopech

Public owned Utility (not disclosed)
Metro AG
The Coca-Cola Company


Contacts

Karl Resel – Austria
karl.resel@denkstatt.at

Peter Linzner – Austria
peter.linzner@denkstatt.at

See next: Carbon Footprinting & LCA