January 14

BlackRock CEO Says the Climate Crisis Is About to Trigger ‘a Fundamental Reshaping of Finance’

By Sam Meredith

The chief of the world’s largest money manager believes the intensifying climate crisis will bring about a fundamental reshaping of finance, with a significant reallocation of capital set to take place “sooner than most anticipate.”

In an annual letter to CEOs published Tuesday, BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink said: “Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects … But awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance.”

BlackRock’s assets under management totaled almost $7 trillion in the third quarter of 2019.

Fink’s comments come as business leaders, policymakers and investors prepare to travel to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum next week.

The theme at this year’s January get-together, which is often criticized for being out of touch with the real world, has been designated as “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”

Photo courtesy of Min An.

Source: CNBC (link opens in a new window)

Environment, Investing
climate change, impact investing