Sustainability, Technology, and Finance

Rethinking How Markets Integrate ESG.

*Dante Disparte appears as a co-author of a chapter.

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Book Overview

This book explores the swiftly emerging nexus between sustainability, finance, and technology.

Leading practitioners and academic thought leaders reflect on the ways in which technology and digitalization shape how sustainable finance professionals address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

Dante A. Disparte co-authored chapter 15: 15. ESGT—Exponential Technology Requires Exponential Responsibility with Andrea Bonime-Blanc.

Together, the contributors identify three spheres in which technology shapes how investors make sense of such issues:

  • ESG and technology: finance professionals need to know about how technological innovations, such as chemical recycling for plastics, in the real economy shape firms’ ESG performance;
  • ESG through technology: technological developments, such as AI and blockchain, can enable finance professionals to offer more fine-grained ESG analyses; and
  • ESG as technology: the ESG agenda itself is influenced by technological developments that are not well understood by practitioners (e.g., data mining for Bitcoin creating significant emissions).
    Using practically relevant examples and recent insights from people working in the field, the book explores the linkages between sustainability, technology, and finance in different contexts and shows how practitioners can accelerate needed change processes.

This book primarily addresses practitioners in companies and investment firms as well as students enrolled in executive education and MBA programs.

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This book is an absolutely essential read for companies, executives, and investors who are genuinely interested in bringing about transformational ESG change in their organizations and indeed, within society at large.
Loannis Loannou, London Business School