How do the UN sustainable development goals impact investing?

The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by UN Member States in 2015, consist of 17 goals the world must collectively

achieve by 2030 to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

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Title: How do the UN SDGs impact investing?

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Carole Crozat

Head of Fundamental Research for BlackRock Sustainable Investing

While measuring the alignment of investments to the UN SDGs is still a complex and evolving task, we believe that their integration in investment decisions can help secure long-term financial performance and is relevant to all sustainable investors. 

Our research finds significant overlap between the UN SDGs and company indicators that are material to their long-term performance. 

This means that the management of both positive and negative social and environmental outcomes today may become more and more material to company success in the future as countries progress towards achieving the goals.

Redirecting capital towards them could offer 12 trillion dollars of market opportunities linked to our long-term social and environmental wellbeing. Examples include the building of key waste treatment and water infrastructure, and green transportation.

The bottom line is that investing in alignment with the UN SDGs has the potential to deliver value to all investors and will play a key role in accelerating the global transition towards the goals.

In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted 17 goals to improve sustainability worldwide by 2030. To learn more, watch Carole Crozat, Head of Fundamental Research for BlackRock Sustainable Investing explain how investors will play a key role in advancing the process from developing key infrastructure to building green transportation.

SUSTAINABILITY AT BLACKROCK

Innovation on the road to net zero

Federico Moncaleano
Head of Offshore Wealth

Hello and welcome from BlackRock’s US Offshore Business, headquartered in Miami. Our team has a presence in Miami, New York and Texas, and we focus on serving the offshore investor community across the United States.

In January 2020, we published a letter setting out our ambitions for BlackRock to play a leadership role as a sustainable investor for our clients, on whose behalf we invest. I am delighted to say that, since then, we have delivered some good progress. 

Just a few of the highlights include that, today, all of our active and advisory strategies are ESG integrated – covering US$2.7 trillion in assets.

We introduced 93 new sustainable solutions in 2020, helping clients allocate billions of dollars to sustainable investment strategies over the year,

and we have added 1,200 sustainability metrics to our technology platform to help clients better understand ESG and physical climate risks.

Now, in 2021, we are pushing ahead once again. We have announced a set of actions that we are taking to help move our clients’ portfolios – and the global economy – towards the crucial target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The net zero transition is an imperative for society and for the planet, and it will reshape the global economy, offering a number of exciting investment opportunities. This is an exciting moment for all of us.

Whether you are an existing or prospective client, a possible or future colleague, a business partner, or just an interested member of society, welcome to BlackRock.

Investing sustainably for our clients

Watch Federico Moncaleano, Head of Offshore Wealth, share the progress that BlackRock is making to help our clients invest in a better, more sustainable future.

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