Todd Cort

Specialist in sustainability and investor value.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024.


Speaker at the World Health City Forum, Incheon, 2023.


Featured on the Climate Finance Podcast, August 2023.


Working at the intersection of sustainability and investor value, Todd applies a scientific and economic lens to corporate social and environmental responsibility. His current research focuses on the barriers to moving capital to more sustainable investments, including working on metrics and standards for measuring the environmental impacts of fixed income products; metrics and the underlying data for environmental, social and governance that drive corporate growth; and metrics for underwriting more sustainable insurance products. He also teaches and works with companies on best strategies for the integration of sustainability.


Todd is a senior lecturer in sustainability at the Yale School of Management and Yale School of the Environment. He is faculty co-director at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and faculty co-director at the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance. Todd is also Principal at NPV Associates, which offers advisory services in sustainability and corporate responsibility. He serves on a variety of advisory boards including the JUST Capital Scientific Advisory Board, the PRIME Coalition Academic Advisory Committee, and Merck Sustainability Advisory Committee.


Values at Work: Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting (co-edited with Daniel C. Etsy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020); Sustainable Innovation and Impact Reporting (co-edited with Cary Krosinsky, Routledge, 2018); ‘How the Tools of Impact Investing Can Undermine Resilience in the Global South’ (Yale Insights, February 2023); ‘Will the Backlash from the Right Slow ESG Investing?’ (Yale Insights, February 2023); ‘Better Data Is Letting Companies and Investors See Trillions in Climate Risk’ (Yale Insights, August 2021); ‘The Importance of Stakeholder Engagement in Sustainability’ (Yale SOM, November 2021).


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Important research towards making finance and business more sustainable.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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