Taking Sustainable Investing to the Next Level

Taking Sustainable Investing to the Next Level

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 1:00pm

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LinkedIn Influencer Post -- James Gorman, Chairman and CEO at Morgan Stanley

At Morgan Stanley, our purpose is to help clients—individuals, companies and institutions—mobilize capital to achieve long-term value.   Increasingly, our clients are defining long-term value as not only producing an attractive economic return, but also producing a positive social impact.

The imperative is clear. The world’s population in 1950 was 2.5 billion. Today it is 7 billion. By the middle of this century it is projected to be more than 9 billion. This dramatically more populous world will, we believe, require tens of trillions of dollars of investment to ensure secure and lasting supplies of food, water, energy and shelter for everyone—not to mention vital services like healthcare, transport and education.

Failure to meet these challenges may threaten global prosperity and force painful tradeoffs between economic growth, human development, public health and ecological security. For us at Morgan Stanley, it is abundantly clear that the solutions to these challenges can only achieve the required scale if they can attract a critical mass of private capital...

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