BlackRock’s Fink backs net zero, leaves responsibility to clients

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By Jon Hay
26 Jan 2021

BlackRock wants to move a long way towards catching up with leading investors in its response to climate change, its CEO Larry Fink indicated in his annual letter to chief executives on Tuesday. BlackRock stopped short of setting a net zero carbon emissions target for its $8.7tr of assets under management, or committing to swift decarbonisation. But it did publish a ‘net zero commitment’ saying it would “support the goal of net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner”.

“No company can easily plan over 30 years, but we believe all companies — including BlackRock — must begin to address the transition to net zero today,” Fink wrote. “We are taking a number of steps to help investors prepare their portfolios for a net zero world.”

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