Morgan Stanley Announces Second Cohort of the Sustainable Solutions Collaborative
- The 2022 cohort brings together five teams of innovators
focused on tackling global sustainability challenges, from
protecting our oceans and fighting climate change and plastic
waste, to increasing educational opportunities across the African
- Each of the winning teams will receive a $250,000 award and
participate in a year-long program that will aid and guide them as
they work to scale their systemic solutions.
The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing (the
Institute) today announced the second cohort of its Sustainable
Solutions Collaborative (the Collaborative). The Collaborative,
launched in 2020, aims to identify breakthrough innovations that
address systemic change to support a sustainable future. The second
cohort of five winners will join a bespoke yearlong strategic
collaboration with the Institute where they will tap into the full
range of Morgan Stanley’s expertise, networks and resources to help
them achieve scale. Each winner will also receive an award of
$250,000 to increase the impact of their initiative.
The 2022 Sustainable Solutions Collaborative cohort is comprised
by a diverse group of organizations:
- CarbonBuilt is a startup from Los Angeles, California,
delivering a scalable concrete product that reduces embodied carbon
by 70 to over 100% compared with traditional concrete, without
compromise to performance or production cost.
- ISeeChange, the data company from New Orleans,
Louisiana, empowers communities to report and track real-life
climate change impact. Their AI-enabled model cross-references
community-reported events with real-time data, enabling
sustainable, equitable and efficient infrastructure and public
works projects in municipalities across North America.
- Notpla, a sustainable packaging startup based in the UK,
delivers the convenience of single-use plastics without the
environmental impact. Notpla’s home-compostable, seaweed-based
plastic alternatives biodegrade in nature in just 4-6 weeks.
- OceanMind is a nonprofit based in the UK that powers
enforcement and compliance to protect the world’s oceans. OceanMind
draws on AI modeling and satellite data to provide marine
enforcement agencies with locations of suspected illegal fishing,
human and workers’ rights violations, and other threats to ocean
- Teesas is a Nigeria-based EdTech startup, delivering
curriculum-aligned, online educational content to elementary school
students across the African continent. Teesas delivers engaging
tutor-led videos and e-books in both English and local indigenous
“Each of these organizations has the potential to scale and
contribute to creating the type of systemic change needed to
achieve a more sustainable future,” said Matthew Slovik, Head of
Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley.
In 2020, Morgan Stanley launched the Sustainable Solutions
Collaborative to boost sustainability initiatives that would
benefit from partnerships across private and public industries.
This second cohort joins a group of global innovators thinking
about health care, climate solutions, plastic waste reduction and
ecosystem services through re-engineered distribution methods,
technology platforms and a new perspective on the importance of
“We are thrilled to welcome these visionary teams into the
Collaborative and look forward to seeing their solutions scale as
the need to reach a sustainable future is at an all time-high,”
said Shelley O’Connor, Vice Chairman and Head of External Affairs
for Morgan Stanley.
For this award, the Institute engaged a diverse network of
sustainability thought leaders and practitioners from across a wide
variety of industries and sectors to make anonymous nominations.
Morgan Stanley carried out a rigorous selection process on the
nominations received to identify the innovations with the greatest
potential for systemic impact that would also benefit from deep and
sustained engagement with Morgan Stanley.
To learn more about the Sustainable Solutions Collaborative,
please visit here.
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leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of
investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment
management services. With offices in 41 countries, the Firm’s
employees serve clients worldwide including corporations,
governments, institutions and individuals. For further information
about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.
About the Institute for Sustainable Investing The Morgan
Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing (The Institute) builds
scalable finance solutions that seek to deliver competitive
financial returns while driving positive environmental and social
impact. Founded in 2013, The Institute creates innovative financial
products, thoughtful insights and capacity building programs that
help maximize capital to create a more sustainable future. For more
information about the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable
Investing, visit www.morganstanley.com/sustainableinvesting.
Disclosures The returns on a portfolio consisting primarily of
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aware investments may be
lower or higher than a portfolio that is more diversified or where
decisions are based solely on investment considerations. Because
ESG criteria exclude some investments, investors may not be able to
take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as
investors that do not use such criteria. Diversification does not
guarantee a profit or protect against loss in a declining financial
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