Lauren Smart

Managing Director, Global Head Financial Institutions Business

Lauren is Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Institutions Business at Trucost, part of S&P Global. A leader in carbon and environmental risk analysis, Trucost assesses risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints and broader ESG factors, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand their ESG exposure to these factors, inform resilience and identify transformative solutions for a more sustainable global economy.

Lauren is an expert in sustainable finance and, over the last decade, has advised leading fund managers, pension funds, banks and DFIs globally on how to integrate climate change and natural capital analysis into their investment decision making.

Prior to joining Trucost, Lauren was a Senior Investment Associate in Global Equity Research at Putnam Investments specialising in Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Aerospace & Defence. She was also a consultant at DFID (UK Department for International Development), working on the Millennium Development Goals for Girls’ Education.

Lauren holds a BA (Hons) and MA from Cambridge University in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MSc in Anthropology and International Development from the London School of Economics. Lauren is a member of the Decision Maker Panel of the Bank of England and is also a regular speaker and respected commentator on environmental finance issues.

Trucost's Global Head of Financial Institutions Business outlines a number of approaches to sovereign bond evaluation and looks at what metrics are available to investors.

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In the second of a series of blogs, Trucost's Global Head Financial Institutions Business explores how insights from behavioral economics could be used to revolutionize ESG investing.

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In the first of a series of blogs, Trucost's Global Head Financial Institutions Business explores how insights from behavioral economics could be used to revolutionize ESG investing.

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Traditional carbon footprinting is being supplemented with additional layers of analysis to answer the many different questions that investors have about their portfolios.

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The draft legislation requires institutional investors to disclose how they consider environmental, social and governance issues in decision-making processes.

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Some investors may think environmental risks are way off into the future, but others are clear that these costs are hitting companies now.

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Our White Paper for Yarra Valley Water calls for industry and regulators to integrate the total economic value of water into decision-making to help deliver water infrastructure with environmental outcomes that benefit communities.

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Investors outside the “green” professional community are increasingly recognizing that companies’ environmental performance is linked to financial performance.

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The CEOs of 37 major financial institutions announced that they would be integrating natural capital considerations into their products and services as a result of their commitment to the UN backed Natural Capital Declaration.

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Lauren Smart, Executive Director at Trucost is interviewed by Emerging Markets ESG for its weekly interview entitled, "Five Questions about SRI."

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The UK Treasury updated its National Infrastructure Plan last month, setting out a substantial pipeline of over £200 billion worth of planned investment in UK infrastructure.

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Trucost has looked at some of the implications of the 2012 carbon tax for companies in the ASX 200, based on their emissions in Australia. Trucost analysed 66 companies that publicly reported national emissions data and represent 74% of the value of the Index by market capitalization.

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Trucost analysed data on the direct carbon and water impacts from the operations of ASX 200 companies, as well as impacts from direct (first-tier) suppliers, such as electricity, transport and logistics providers. The majority of emissions are carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use.

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Across the MSCI Europe Index, the direct energy intensity of companies varies widely, particularly in the three most energy-intensive sectors - Utilities, Basic Resources and Construction & Materials.

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Green companies tend to perform better in the stock market and are worthy of investment consideration.

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Cary Krosinsky, senior vice president at Trucost comments on the launch of new book Evolutions in Sustainable Investing: Strategies, Funds and Thought Leadership, which he edited with Nick Robins and Steve Viederman.

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Trucost provides company specific carbon and environmental data to assist Highwater Global Fund with their unique environmental and social research process.

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Local authorities to be made responsible for emissions from schools under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC).

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Environmental risks will grow if energy companies expand deep-water drilling and extraction of unconventional sources such as tar sands as planned.

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Barclays has made its global operations carbon neutral the easy way - by offsetting - while emissions rose.

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