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Lisa Abraham was a featured guest recently on a Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) podcast focused on how Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) guidelines are being incorporated into credit risk analysis.

With sustainability being a crucial factor for all businesses - whether for physical or geographic location reasons, or for transitionary purposes such as regulatory changes and customer demand - Lisa highlighted the TCFD guidelines’ applicability across a broad set of sectors. She also discussed how the framework helps structure engagement conversations with the companies we invest in, and some of the ways the TCFD guidelines could be improved.

Hosted by PRI’s Sixtine Dubost, Lisa was joined by Florian Grandolas of sustainable ratings agency EthiFinance. The podcast was part of a larger series focused on integrating ESG principles into credit risk and ratings analysis .


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