January 2017 / December 2018

Sustainable innovation of business model - InBMode

InBMode studies the relationship between socio-economic changes and sustainable innovation of business models, with a focus on the role of the financial sector in influencing firms’ strategies.

The “Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development” calls for all stakeholders to make a clear commitment to long-term plans of action. Since the new development pathways will place some stress on the traditional business models, firms are called to take active part in promoting and sustaining the societal change that underpins the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), entering into decarbonisation trajectories, developing reliable and cleaner technologies and experiencing new relationships with consumers and local communities.

Recent literature suggests that investors are increasingly pricing in the material impacts of sustainability, thus penalising those firms that fail in reducing their carbon emissions or that lack sufficient transparency regarding the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) dimensions.

InBMode aims at further studying the role of the financial markets as a catalyst for the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Specifically, it aims to investigate if investors recognise a higher value in firms that commit to embrace sustainability and quantify the factors behind the rapid diffusion of sustainable investing.

Main Results and Outputs

The research aims to:

  • Provide empirical evidence of the relationship between firms’ sustainability and their performance as measured by traditional financial indicators, on a global scale.
  • Carry out a quantitative assessment of the role of non-financial information and green technologies’ enhancement in transforming global capital markets.
  • Analyse the drivers of the increase in demand for sustainable investing products by small savers.
Find out more: De Risk-CO project
Download the FEEM Working Paper Do Global Financial Markets Capitalise Sustainability? Evidence of a Quick Reversal!
Download the FEEM Brief Sustainable Investing and Green Finance:Boosting markets by solving ambiguities!
Project leader
Stefano Pareglio
Firms and Cities Transition towards Sustainability - FACTS Programme Director Read more

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