Connector

Chris Mangieri

Chris Mangieri leverages his expert knowledge of sector-specific climate change data and robust analytical skills to help solve critical sustainable investing and business challenges. For the past several years, he has worked closely with world renown corporate strategists, entrepreneurs, data scientists, and thought leaders to build a FinTech start-up focused on measuring corporate sustainable value. He is a co-author of a recent report on the 250 largest global greenhouse gas emitting companies in the world (G250), who are responsible for one-third of annual anthropogenic emissions. Chris holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont.

Describe the Impact of a Project you’re focused on.

Currently, we are in negotiations with a world-leading news organization to develop a climate-focused, multi-media platform aimed at providing critical insight and transparency into the largest greenhouse gas emitting companies in the world. Being responsible for one-third of annual anthropogenic emissions, these 250 companies have the ability to tip the scale on climate change towards a 1.5 C future, being carbon-neutral by 2050. We aim to identify and help drive investment towards companies that are transitioning their business models to align with a carbon-neutral future.

What results do you hope for when the impact is amplified?

We hope to influence investments, shareholder resolutions, and consumer demand by helping to differentiate between 1) the companies that are generating a sustainability premium through decarbonization and 2) the companies that are operating under a business as usual premise with no intent to decarbonize. Our previous work on the G250 has shown an association between corporate decarbonization and long-term shareholder return. We expect to see an even stronger association with our current effort as we dive deeper into the sector-specific underpinnings of corporate decarbonization and its association with long-term value.

What do you have to offer as a connector? What can you give as expertise to others?

As a connector, I can offer connections within the ESG space. I have relationships at many of the large ESG data providers, as well as some institutions and investment advisors. I am also connected to the academic world of ESG investing - Brown, Yale, and Columbia. As an expert, I can advise on ESG data sets, their use in investment decision making, and the ESG market as a whole. I also have a deep understanding of decarbonization at the industry level, i.e. what factors are important for auto companies to focus on if they intend to decarbonize their business models compared to utility companies, airline companies, cement manufacturers, etc.
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