Raj Thamotheram

Raj Thamotheram is a founder and chair of Preventable Surprises. 

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    Long term matters: What kind of decarbonisation matters most?

    January 2021 (Magazine)

    This article was written on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. In 2015, the world committed to keep warming below 2°C, meaning decisive annual reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Instead we have had a 7% increase in GHG since 2015 and are on track for about 3°C warming with a high risk of irreversible tipping points.

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    Long term matters: A time to be hopeful and active?

    December 2020 (Magazine)

    Jaap van Dam, principal director of investment strategy at PGGM, is right: pension funds need to understand politics. We have two additions. First, the ‘outside-in’ focus – how politics affects portfolios – is a great starting point. But investors cannot stop there, they have considerable influence on politics whether for good or bad. 

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    Leading viewpoint: Letter to the top

    November 2020 (Magazine)

    A letter to the top 100 heads of ESG at global asset managers

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    Long term matters: Addressing autocratic risk

    October (2020) Magazine

    In an email interview, economist and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, Emmanuel Saez, confirmed what many investment insiders know: “Markets are notoriously bad at anticipating catastrophes.”

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    Long term matters: Tales of a chance ESG investor

    September 2020 (Magazine)

    I didn’t intend to get a permanent job in ‘responsible investment’: my pitch for a consulting contract got misfiled in a recruitment folder and the rest really is history. Having held two good jobs in the sector, at USS and Axa Investment Management, I appreciate the 12 years I’ve spent inside the investment world.

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    Long term matters: Risk calls for universal investors

    July/August 2020 (Magazine)

    I’m looking for a senior executive from a major institutional investor who has “systemic risk” in their job description. 

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    Long Term Matters: Time to apply pressure to banks

    June 2020 (Magazine)

    Remember how the financial sector lobbied against the Financial Transaction Tax? Imagine it lobbies as hard, but for pandemic recovery programmes to include a carbon price. Totally unrealistic? Exactly my point. Failure to price this externality is why capital has not been reallocated and the finance sector’s slow pace of change are two sides of the same coin. 

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    Long Term Matters: Learning from COVID-19

    May 2020 (Magazine)

    As the tide of the Second World War was turning in favour of the Allies, there was a ferment of discussion – initially bottom up – about how to build a better world when the war was over. While loved ones were fighting overseas and people at home were struggling with rationing and movement restrictions, some made the time to think about the future. The Bretton Woods Agreement, establishing fixed exchange rates, happened ten months before the war ended in Europe.

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    Opinion Pieces

    Long Term Matters: Investing in an age of pandemics

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Pandemics are master classes in managing existential uncertainty. Being overwhelmed is ‘normal’. Here are seven actions that we can take as citizens and investment professionals. The focus is on the US and the UK: their governments are floundering. The unravelling in the US is dangerous for investors. Both the UK and the US are very responsive to the financial sector. 

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    Investing in an age of pandemics

    2020-03-20T16:02:00

    Pandemics are master classes in managing existential uncertainty. Being overwhelmed is ‘normal’. Here are seven actions that we can take as citizens and investment professionals. The focus is on the US and the UK: their governments are floundering. The unravelling in the US is dangerous for investors. Both the UK and the US are very responsive to the financial sector. 

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    Long term matters: To investors who care about the climate crisis – act before COP26

    March 2020 (Magazine)

    Rather belatedly, we have a new president of COP26 in the form of Alok Sharma, former UK international development secretary. But this sorry saga seems quite symbolic – we know that we need to do something big but we can’t quite get our act together.

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    Long-term matters: Financial sector employees can help win the climate change fight

    December 2019 (Magazine)

    More than a thousand Google employees have signed a public letter calling on the company to take bold action on climate change. They joined employees in other companies such as Amazon and Microsoft who published similar letters, calling their companies to take real action on climate change in response to the climate crisis.

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    Long Term Matters: Time to shit or get off the (ESG) pot

    November 2019 (Magazine)

    The ESG project is well beyond its childhood, even its teenage years. PRI has been going for 13 years and SRI activity pre-dated it by a decade. 

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    Greenwish: wishful thinking in the ESG world

    September 2019 (Magazine)

    Every so often I come across a paper which I think is a ‘must read’ and Duncan Austin’s ‘Greenwish: the wishful thinking undermining the ambition of sustainable business’* is one.

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    Animal welfare: Probing the global meat complex

    July/August 2019 (magazine)

    Everyone knows about ‘big oil’ and how much influence the global agribusiness sector has. But there is less awareness about the negative impacts of meat producers – the ‘global meat complex’. 

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    Long-term matters: Exxon’s AGM – can investors learn from the slave trade?

    June 2019 (Magazine)

    English evangelical protestants allied with the Quakers initiated the campaign to abolish the UK slave trade in the early nineteenth century. Two centuries later, the Vatican has said that climate change is a “moral and religious imperative for humanity”. Will the fate of fossil fuel companies be defined by public, sovereign and religious investors? And can other investors watch from the sidelines?

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    Don’t panic (yet) about populism

    May 2019 (Magazine)

    When I called for investor engagement with Facebook and the social media giants, I did not expect to see a sovereign wealth fund leading such an initiative just three months later

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    Long-term matters: Lessons for Climate Action 100+

    April 2019 (Magazine)

    Fund management is a pretty opaque profession, and no aspect more so than the way investors hold the management of investee companies accountable

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    Long Term Matters: BlackRock – time to pull your finger out!

    March 2019 (Magazine)

    Donald Trump is not the only US leader to ignore the climate emergency. BlackRock’s 2019 letter to companies, timed to coincide with Davos, it was equally silent on the crisis

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    Long Term Matters: What do Facebook’s investors care?

    January 2019 (magazine)

    Mark Zuckerberg “is a bigger threat to American democracy than Donald Trump”, says David Runciman, professor of politics at Cambridge University

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