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The recent IPCC climate report is a serious warning for all of us — and an invitation to make an impact. An increasing number of investors are bringing a climate change lens to their investing strategies. These investors are electing to put their capital behind companies and in funds that are taking action to fight climate change and work toward a net zero emissions future.

As Jean Case recently wrote in Forbes, investors can start by asking four key questions to vet the climate commitments of current and potential investments.

  1. Has the company you are investing in signed on to a rigorous commitment and started making progress toward that commitment? 
  2. How do a company’s climate commitments and actions compare to others in their sector? 
  3. How does the climate footprint of a mutual fund look as measured by a wide range of metrics?
  4. Does my asset manager have a strong commitment to net zero goals?

Check out the full article for tools and resources you can use to better understand how your investments stack up.

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