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The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability

The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability

by Satyajit Bose, Dong Guo, Anne Simpson

Hardcover(1st ed. 2019)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030056230
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Series: Palgrave Studies in Impact Finance
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Satyajit Bose is Lecturer at Columbia University, where he teaches sustainable investing, cost benefit analysis and mathematics and serves as Associate Director of the Program in Sustainability Management. Satyajit is also Co-Chair of the University Seminar in Sustainable Finance, a forum for faculty and finance practitioners to discuss and research methods to use the financial system, with the help of technology, innovative design and disruptive change, to mobilize capital for sustainable development and widespread beneficial impact. Satyajit was previously the Faculty Director of the joint Earth Institute-RFK Compass Education Program which trained institutional investors how to incorporate environment, social, human rights as well as corporate governance issues as integral elements of risk mitigation and return optimization.



Guo Dong is the Director of the Earth Institute China Initiative at Columbia University. Dr. Guo also serves as the Associate Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he is an Associate Research
Scholar. Dr. Guo teaches courses on Microeconomics and Quantitative Methods for masters students in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Guo’s expertise lies in impact and evaluation methods and his research interests include sustainability metrics, sustainable development, environmental policy and Chinese education.


Anne Simpson is Investment Director, Sustainability at CalPERS. She oversees CalPERS' sustainability strategy across the total fund. This includes CalPERS' work on advocacy, engagement, and integration, and working through partnerships. Her strategic priorities include issues framed by CalPERS Investment Beliefs and include data and corporate reporting; manager expectations with a focus on climate change, diversity, and inclusion; and alignment of interest.

Table of Contents


1. The Role of Finance in Achieving Sustainability.- 2. The Value and Limits of Financial Accounting.- 3. Financial Markets and Pricing.- 4. Discounting and Cost-Benefit Analysis.- 5. The Value of Environmental Accounting in Public Decision Making.- 6. The Monetization of Natural Capital in Corporate Investment.- 7. The Returns to Good Stakeholder Relations.- 8. Sustainable investing in public markets.- 9. Impact investing in private markets.- 10.Conservation finance and payments for ecosystem services.- 11.Clean-tech finance and the transition to renewable energy.- 12.Social entrepreneurship and distributed poverty alleviation.- 13.Financing innovation in sustainability.