The credibility gap: Why we can’t just take targets at face value

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Eva Cairns, Nick Gaskell, Jeremy Lawson, Thomas Leys

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The ‘credibility gap’ refers to the gap between targets set and actions taken to implement them and is relevant both at country and company level. This climate action webinar will focus on the approach we take to assess credibility of targets and identify transition leaders and laggards. We have developed a climate policy index and a corporate credibility framework that goes beyond just the actions taken by corporates and also accounts for policy and technology factors. There will be a particular focus on different use cases and questions including: - How do we assess the credibility of targets at company and country level? - What do we do with the outcomes of the credibility assessment in our investment process, solutions, climate scenario analysis and active ownership? - What are the main challenges and limitations? The credibility assessment is also critical to understanding portfolio alignment and having a positive impact on real world progress towards net zero. Eva Cairns, Head of Sustainability Insights and Climate Strategy, hosted a session on this topic with our chief economist Jeremy Lawson, climate change analyst Nick Gaskell and Fixed Income investment director Thomas Leys.

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