Preventable Surprises

The assets controlled by the world’s largest institutional investors surpass the gross domestic product of major nations. As a result, these behemoths hold significant stakes in every major publicly traded company, giving them influence in boardrooms worldwide. Preventable Surprises exists to make sure that this influence is used to advance a financial system that is sustainable, both environmentally and socially.

Our distinctive contribution is to promote forceful stewardship, where investors go beyond private engagement with portfolio companies to publicly support resolutions that address systemic risks. Such votes send clear, public signals that can accelerate changes in corporations that lag on risk management.

We work on the climate emergency, the covid-19 pandemic, biodiversity loss, income inequalities, corporate policy capture, and sustainable governance.

Are externalities the main event?

Are externalities the main event?

The question our sustainability crisis poses is whether our economy is more market failure than market. What says economics, then? – by Duncan Austin