James Salo

Head of Data Strategy & Operations

James is Head of Data Strategy & Operations at Trucost, part of S&P Global.

James manages Trucost’s data team, with responsibility for maintaining and developing Trucost’s intellectual property for use by Financial Institution and Corporate clients. He is also part of Trucost’s senior management team.

He has been the lead analyst and project manager for hundreds of projects that have provided multinational corporations and investment organizations with actionable insights to help meet their sustainability objectives. Previously, James served as Head of North American research at Trucost. Areas of expertise include the quantification of environmental impacts in investment portfolios across asset classes, assessing greenhouse gas emissions and water use in company supply chains and value chains, valuing environmental risks and natural capital dependencies, and integration of environmental performance information into business and investment decision making to reduce risk and generate financial benefits.

Prior to joining Trucost, James worked as a consultant at Ceres (the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies). James holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University’s Centre of the Environment, where his work focused on the measurement of corporate environmental performance and how these data are used within financial markets.  He also holds a BA and an MA in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University

Trucost looks at how companies such as Apple, Nike, and Wal-Mart are increasingly investing in the management of the risks embedded in their supply chains.

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Environmental initiatives are increasing across university operations, developing educational curriculum to support booming demand for environmental course work and degrees, and increasingly also a focus on the environmental exposure of higher education organizations across their supply chains.

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Companies that actively manage environmental risks-and take advantage of associated opportunities-increasingly seem to outperform those who don't in the stock market. That could be a very good thing, both for shareholders and the planet.

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Sprint releases results of supply chain disclosure analysis, using Trucost data.

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An increasing number of investors are including environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis as a measure of risk and opportunity in their investment decision making.

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Trucost provides the data and expertise behind the environmental impact portion of the Newsweek Green Rankings - an evaluation of the environmental performance of the world's largest companies through an assessment of their impacts, policies and procedures, and reputation.

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The 2010 Green Rankings reveal how greenhouse gas emissions and water use contribute an average of 70% of the total environmental impact of companies.

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US and global companies are driving environmental innovation and efficiency changes, rather than waiting for Government to act.

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The addition of corporate identification would help to facilitate a greater understanding of the associated risks and opportunities posed on companies by climate change.

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The proposed American Power Act is in danger of leaving international climate change policies uncertain and fragmented.

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