Ninety One, the global investment manager, and Imperial College Executive Education collaborated in 2021 on a bespoke Climate Risk Programme to educate Ninety One’s employees. The programme deepened the understanding on climate-related risks and opportunities, to help inform investment decision-making.
The three week programme was initially held for over 100 of Ninety One’s investment professionals and built on their ability to assess climate risk and knowledge of various pathways towards climate change mitigation.
Additionally, the programme covered which technological developments might enable or disrupt these pathways and how to treat the extensive uncertainties around these. A major component of the course assessed whether climate-related risks can be priced and how these approaches can be integrated into portfolios, further informing the company’s sustainability framework.
Ninety One’s CEO, Hendrik du Toit, shares his perspective on the collaboration:
“Ninety One is a a learning organisation. It would be wrong to assume any of us have all the answers. We want to work with the minds that can sharpen our thinking. Our collaboration with Imperial College is an opportunity for our people to work with some of the very best in the field, on an exceptional programme covering topics that are shaping the future of investing and the world at large.
“The initiative stems from our desire to pursue sustainability with substance and hold ourselves to account so we can continuously improve. This programme will deepen our knowledge and allow us to better understand the magnitude of risks and opportunities climate change presents to our investment decision-making. We also see potential to take it further and develop our knowledge right across the organisation to ensure all of our people have a strong understanding of the nuances and intricacies of climate risk.”