Join us for this year's ARCS virtual seminar series!
Our first seminar will be with Caroline Flammer on September 22nd. When? 11:00-11:30am EST for paper presentation; 11:30am-noon EST for PhD/junior networking with speaker (After Sept. 22 we will host a new speaker every 3-4 weeks; see below for the full schedule)
Who? Everyone is invited! Caroline Flammer of Columbia University will be our first speaker.
What? "Biodiversity Finance"
ABSTRACT - Full paper can be accessed here.
The use of private capital to finance biodiversity conservation and restoration is a new practice in sustainable finance. This study sheds light on this new practice. First, we provide a conceptual framework that lays out how biodiversity can be financed by i) pure private capital and ii) blended financing structures. In the latter, private capital is blended with public or philanthropic capital, whose aim is to de-risk private capital investments. The main element underlying both types of financing is the "monetization" of biodiversity, that is, the extent to which investments in biodiversity can generate a financial return for private investors. Second, we provide empirical evidence using deal-level data from a leading biodiversity finance institution. We find that projects with higher expected returns tend to be financed by pure private capital. Their scale is smaller, however, and so is their expected biodiversity impact. For larger-scale projects with a more ambitious biodiversity impact, blended finance is the more prevalent form of financing. While these projects have lower expected returns, their risk is also lower. This suggests that the blending-and the corresponding de-risking of private capital-is an important tool for improving the risk-return tradeoff of these projects, thereby increasing their appeal to private investors. Finally, we examine a set of projects that did not make it to the portfolio stage. This analysis suggests that, in order to be financed by private capital, biodiversity projects need to meet a certain threshold in terms of both their financial return and biodiversity impact. Accordingly, private capital is unlikely to substitute for the implementation of effective public policies in addressing the biodiversity crisis. To register for this seminar and the full series, visit: corporate-sustainability.org/online-seminar-series
September 22, 2023 - Caroline Flammer
October 20, 2023 - Witold Henisz
November 17, 2023 - Simon Xu
December 15, 2023 - Judith Walls
January 12, 2024 - Oana Branzei
February 9, 2024 - Meagan Baker
March 8, 2024 - Sandro Cabral
April 5, 2024 - John Maxwell ------------------------------ Mark DesJardine Associate Professor
Tuck School of Business Dartmouth College ------------------------------