Richard Mattison

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Richard Mattison is Chief Executive Officer of Trucost, part of S&P Global. Trucost assesses and prices risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints and broader ESG factors, enabling companies and financial institutions to understand exposure to ESG factors, inform resilience and identify the transformative solutions of tomorrow.

Richard is an expert in sustainable finance and over the last 16 years he has advised various UN bodies, governments, financial intuitions, companies and NGOs on how to integrate climate change and natural capital analysis into their decision making. He has led numerous ground-breaking projects including creating the first portfolio carbon risk assessment for Henderson and the UK Environment Agency, launching the first carbon efficient index with S&P Dow Jones Indices, leading the first global assessment of corporate environmental externalities for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and developing the world’s first Environmental Profit and Loss account for PUMA.

Richard is a member of the EU Sustainable Finance High Level Expert Group, the Global Advisory Council of the Oxford Smith School Stranded Assets Programme, the Luxflag eligibility committee and the Hong Kong Green Finance Association . Previously, Richard was a strategy consultant and began his career as a neuroscientist.

He holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Trucost CEO Richard Mattison introduces the 2019 annual assessment of corporate sustainability produced in partnership with GreenBiz.

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Trucost has seen a 700% uplift in the number of companies wanting to understand how their carbon performance is assessed—and how they can improve their performance in the future.

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Trucost ESG Analysis has been elevated to an S&P Global offering.

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Trucost's CEO Dr Richard Mattison examines the evidence that climate risk analysis can deliver enhanced returns and reduced risk over time.

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More companies than ever before are setting carbon reduction targets, but much greater ambition is needed to achieve the two degree goal to limit global warming in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Trucost CEO Richard Mattison introduces the latest annual assessment of corporate sustainability produced in partnership with GreenBiz

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The State of Green Business 2016 report reveals that 2015 was the year that the investment community made critical commitments to finance sustainable growth.

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Trucost believes a new era of sustainability metrics is needed. Sustainability metrics that can be assessed alongside financial metrics. Sustainability metrics that everyone in an organization can understand.

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Trucost research highlights opportunities for companies to gain competitive advantage by using natural capital tools to optimize their operations and supply chains.

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Integrated reporting of environmental, social and financial performance helps increase a company's value to its shareholders and society.

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PUMA's environmental profit and loss account provides a great way of explaining how Trucost goes about valuing natural capital.

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The State of Green Business report 2012 finds that the average retail company discloses 4 percent of its supply chain carbon impacts, dropping to just 2 percent in the food and beverage sector.

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Counting the “environmental calories” of various materials, production technologies and locations can help business to holistically reduce the environmental impacts of product production.

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Trucost calculated the financial costs for the environmental impacts of a desktop and a laptop. Carbon emissions create most of the environmental cost - but there are still significant differences between the two.

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President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development tells business community it has to take the lead if it wants to be seen as part of the solution as well as the problem - and sustainability has to be built into the core business strategy.

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Companies can use natural capital valuation as a tool to embed natural resource considerations within everyday product and procurement decision making alongside other considerations such as cost and quality.

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The Natural Capital Committee is tasked with ensuring that the Government has a better informed understanding of the value of natural capital, to prioritise actions to support and improve the UK’s natural assets.

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Trucost CEO Dr. Richard Mattison discusses how companies can meet the challenge of global warming and growing consumer demand and how environmental costing provides valuable insight for companies and governments.

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Water scarcity costs are a useful business tool to quantify water risk and compare exposure to water stress among companies in supply chains or investment portfolios.

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A recent report by McKinsey & Company into resource trends over the next 20 years shows a potential 50-450% rise in commodities prices if externalities from greenhouse gas emissions and water use were priced.

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The European Commission unveiled a draft EU energy roadmap to 2050 last week, outlining plans for greater energy efficiency and more renewable energy.

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Trucost has found that of some 2,000 companies analysed so far this year for 2010 data, 88% reduced their environmental impacts relative to revenue in since 2009.

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M&S's comprehensive corporate responsibility programme, Plan A, has delivered £70 million in benefits this year alone, while reducing the company's environmental footprint. M&S is working to reduce impacts including greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste.

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Despite the industry's high carbon intensity and sensitivity to climate change impacts, Trucost data suggest that food producers are not improving their carbon performance.

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Shale gas offers the US energy security, but there is now a growing concern that the expanding shale gas industry is threatening investment in renewables necessary for a low-carbon economy.

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Impact measurement is an "essential tool" to help companies manage their carbon emissions, as well as their use of water and other resources.

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Almost two months on, the International Atomic Energy Agency is still describing the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as "very serious", as TEPCO struggles to meet three basic safety standards.

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Why? Because the world, countries and regions have failed to achieve a target to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity. In fact, we are losing biodiversity faster than ever before. Angela Cropper of the UN Environment Programme highlighted a major barrier to progress at the first Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium on Tuesday:

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UK Government pushes for corporate carbon disclosure to drive reduction among biggest UK companies.

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Investor recognize a growing correlation between the best run companies and those who are seen as most sustainable.

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