sustainability.

The next economic revolution has begun. At Lombard Odier, we believe sustainability will drive returns in the next three to five years and beyond. Our current operating model is unsustainable. It simply has to change, and the time is now. This global shift is already transforming our economies and the companies that drive them. And it is changing how we invest. This is The Sustainability Revolution. The largest investment opportunity in history.

the sustainability revolution.

The notion of ‘sustainability’ has most commonly been associated with climate change, but this current revolution goes way beyond that single, albeit very important, issue. 

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pressure for change.

The pressure on the corporate world to transition to a more sustainable model isn’t new. 

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sustainability in portfolio management.

Throughout history, companies have had to change with the times. At Lombard Odier, this principle has been part of our DNA for over 200 years. 

how we embed sustainability into our portfolio management

our three-pillar approach.

We use a three-pillar approach to see which firms are best positioned to benefit from the significant opportunities of The Sustainability Revolution. It assesses the sustainability of a company’s financial model, business practices and business models.

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stewardship.

We are firm believers in the importance of active ownership. This is a valuable tool to help companies transition in an orderly fashion, to adapt and increase their resilience. 

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insights.

  • Investors can save our way of life (and their own)
    rethink sustainability

    Investors can save our way of life (and their own)

    For too long most professional investors operated on the basis that it really did not matter if the businesses they backed damaged the environment, or our health or our living standards. So-called externalities were the business of government to sort out. Investors’ responsibility was simply to evaluate whether shares were good or bad value on the basis of whatever financial metric they preferred or was fashionable. But the rise of populism, and the associated life-or-death challenge to economic liberalism, means that the prudent investor can no longer sit on the sidelines and ignore the benign and toxic spinoffs from corporate conduct. Sustainable investing means harnessing the power of capital to foster a sustainable society.

  • Want to know how to fix investment for the next generation? Try asking them what they want.

    What will the children of today - the investors of tomorrow - want from their investments? The answer - an awful lot. The next generation look like they will be more socially and environmentally engaged than the last few. They know they are stakeholders in the future of the world rather than just shareholders in the world’s listed companies. So, while they are sure to still want to make financial returns from their cash, they are also likely to want to see good come from the way in which their money is invested. What kind of good? The answer to that is going to be different for every investor. That’s why the future of investment is a collaborative one. If the financial services industry wants to serve the next generation properly, it must spend less time assuming it knows what the young want and more time asking them what they want

  • Climate changes the agenda at IMF meeting
    rethink sustainability

    Climate changes the agenda at IMF meeting

    It is the starkest warning of recent history. The world needs to make "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" over the next decade in order to keep climate change at bay and limit the threat of a raft of natural disasters affecting millions of people.