Net Zero: Investment Imperative and Operational Application

Climate risk has increasingly become investment risk. This webinar, held April 7, 2021, featured the growing impact of climate risk on investment risk and the global financial system. Participants learned how an investment management corporation helps their clients make long-term sustainable investment in companies that mitigate climate risk and how companies and brands get certified for their efforts to offset and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LMU Net Impact, Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability, and the Center for International Business Education organized this event featuring a panel of sustainability experts. Moderated by LMU Net Impact's Ava Hojabry, Mara Ley and Alexandra O'Hagan-Padron.

  

Panelists

 

Alexandra Hirsch
Director, Sustainable Investing, Blackrock

Alexandra Hirsch drives platform strategy and product innovation in the Americas for the BlackRock Sustainable Investing team. The Sustainable Investing team is focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social and governance issues, integrating them throughout Blackrock's investment processes, and creating solutions for our clients to achieve sustainable investment return. Before joining BlackRock, Alex was a principal in the Client Coverage group at Oak Hill Advisors. In this role, she shared responsibility for investor relations and new business development, serving as product lead for a variety of the firm's strategies including private credit, high yield bonds, leveraged loans and customized multi-strategy mandates. Alex received a bachelor's degree in political science from Colgate University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Bri Decker

Bri Decker
Sustainability & Social Responsibility Manager, Avocado Green Brands

Feeling inspired by nature and the outdoors from a young age, Bri Decker has spent her entire professional career promoting conservation and social responsibility through a variety of unique angles. Combining over a decade of experience with the political sector, nonprofit and public policy, the outdoor industry, international work, and scaling social enterprises, Bri is passionate about using capitalism to benefit stakeholders and promoting a greater good. She is currently directing Avocado Green Brands' social responsibility and sustainability projects by creating new standards of sustainability within the industry and world at large.

Caitlin Drown
Brand Engagement Manager, Climate Neutral Certified

Caitlin Drown is the brand engagement manager at Climate Neutral, focusing on building a movement among the growing network of 300+ brands. She joined the Climate Neutral team having spent years promoting the mission and work of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Caitlin is passionate about using communications, psychology and behavioral science to raise awareness of the climate crisis and empower individuals to get involved. Caitlin grew up on Cape Cod, received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University, and now lives in Denver with her chocolate lab mix, Kai.

Isabella Todaro
Certification Manager, Climate Neutral Certified

Bella Todaro is the certification manager at Climate Neutral, and works to design and implement a process for 300+ brands to measure, offset and reduce their carbon emissions. She joined the Climate Neutral team after spending her early career in grassroots climate mitigation in East Africa. Bella is passionate about just and scalable climate solutions. Bella studied science, technology and international affairs at Georgetown University. She now lives in Boston and sometimes thinks about getting a cat.