• Gustavo Bernal Torres

Natural Disasters, SASB, Marketing Ploy, and Quicksand Analogies


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Here are 5 things you might have missed this week:


  • The Cost of 20 Years of Natural Disasters-

  • UN Report charts huge rise in climate disasters.

  • In the period 2000 to 2019, there were 7,348 major recorded disaster events claiming 1.23 million lives, affecting 4.2 billion people (many on more than one occasion) resulting in approximately US$2.97 trillion in global economic losses.

  • This is a sharp increase over the previous twenty years.

  • Between 1980 and 1999, 4,212 disasters were linked to natural hazards worldwide claiming approximately 1.19 million lives and affecting 3.25 billion people resulting in approximately US$1.63 trillion in economic losses.

  • Source: https://www.undrr.org/news/drrday-un-report-charts-huge-rise-climate-disasters


  • Integrating ESG Holistically In Private Equity: A Strategic Approach-

  • SASB's (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) latest publication focuses on PE from a GP perspective-

  • The paper demonstrates how investors can leverage SASB Standards as a foundational cornerstone in building a ESG strategy for private equity.

  • It also offers practical insights for the various stages of the investment process through a GP lens, and includes case studies from Generation Investment Management and Partners Group.

  • Source: https://www.sasb.org/knowledge-hub/integrating-esg-holistically-in-private-equity-a-strategic-approach/



  • Should ESG View Sustainability as a Quicksand Problem?

  • Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism: Towards Common Metrics and Consistent Reporting of Sustainable Value Creation.

  • The devilish dilemma of quicksand is that you must escape as quickly as possible but anything you do to escape only drags you further down.

  • So, what to do? Rather than pursuing current strategies with more urgency, we must urgently identify new strategies. A quicksand analogy suggests three interlinked remedies: stop, reconnect, and rebalance.

  • Source: https://www.responsible-investor.com/articles/ri-long-read-esg-s-relationship-to-sustainability-is-a-quicksand-problem


  • Covid-19 Disruption to the Energy Sector-

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has caused more disruption to the energy sector than any other event in recent history.

  • The International Energy Agency in its annual energy outlook estimates that global energy demand will drop by 5% this year, CO2 emissions by 7%, and energy investment by 18%.

  • Oil investments have fallen by a third and producers have written down $50 billion worth of assets.

  • Source: https://www.iea.org/reports/world-energy-outlook-2020



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