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Schumacher Kim Last modified date:2024.06.03

Associate Professor / Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies
Department of Research Promotion
Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies


Administration Post
Councilor


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Academic Degree
Ph.D. in Environmental Science
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
No
Field of Specialization
Sustainable Finance and ESG
ORCID(Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
0000-0002-6297-0964
Outline Activities
- Promote interdisciplinary research related to any Q-AOS Clusters or Modules as a principal investigator.
- To plan and implement initiatives that lead to the creation of new value in light of recent research trends and findings of each cluster and module.
- To collaborate with various internal and external stakeholders to lead activities for solving social issues and apply the results of Q-AOS research and educational activities to our daily lives.
Research
Research Interests
  • His research focuses on ESG risk and impact metrics, sustainable finance policies, sustainability reporting frameworks, ESG data-related greenwashing and carbonwashing activities, green bonds, natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services, biodiversity and carbon offsets, renewable energy project development, and TCFD/TNFD disclosure. These research activities all serve the underlying purpose of determining what are the material risks that companies and countries are exposed to from climate change and how they can through proper integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors foster genuine positive sustainability impacts. This includes the exploration of the double materiality concept, which looks at both the stakeholder-level sustainability-related risks and impacts, which means that companies, financial institutions and governments need to also consider their impact on the environment, biodiversity, climate, and the SDGs when making investment decisions.
    keyword : Sustainable Finance, ESG Investment, Climate Change, Japan, EU
    2022.08~2025.03.
Academic Activities
Reports
1. Kim Schumacher, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Factors and Green Productivity: The Impacts of Greenwashing and Competence Greenwashing on Sustainable Finance and ESG Investing, SSRN Environmental Policy & Governance eJournal, https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4303609, 2023.01, [URL], The rise of sustainable finance, ESG investment, and sustainability reporting, has gradually led to a growing disconnect among many financial-sector and corporate stakeholders, which can be observed between their positive sustainability performance claims and the organizational resources and capacities dedicated to assuring proper ESG integration and sustainability impact MRV.

These discrepancies can easily result in greenwashing or carbonwashing, which are the practices of marketing products or services as “green”, “sustainable”, "carbon neutral", "net zero" or "nature positive" when in fact they do not meet basic environmental, climate, or sustainability standards of verifiability or credibility. Competence greenwashing is the professional ESG skills-related equivalent that relates to overstated claims of environmental competence or non-financial sustainability-related expertise in absence of material or credible educational or professional track records.

However, greenwashing and its subvariants like “carbonwashing” or “competence greenwashing” do not occur in a contextual vacuum but are strongly linked to the increasing appeal of sustainable finance, ESG investing, and the strong green growth they are supporting. Therefore, this paper will first illustrate recent green growth trends in the areas of sustainable finance and ESG investing before exploring how greenwashing and subject matter expertise-related competence greenwashing have been increasing alongside those trends. .
Papers
1. Kim Schumacher, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Factors and Green Productivity: The Impacts of Greenwashing and Competence Greenwashing on Sustainable Finance and ESG Investing, https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4303609, 2023.04, [URL], The rise of sustainable finance, ESG investment, and sustainability reporting, has gradually led to a growing disconnect among many financial-sector and corporate stakeholders, which can be observed between their positive sustainability performance claims and the organizational resources and capacities dedicated to assuring proper ESG integration and sustainability impact MRV.

These discrepancies can easily result in greenwashing or carbonwashing, which are the practices of marketing products or services as “green”, “sustainable”, "carbon neutral", "net zero" or "nature positive" when in fact they do not meet basic environmental, climate, or sustainability standards of verifiability or credibility. Competence greenwashing is the professional ESG skills-related equivalent that relates to overstated claims of environmental competence or non-financial sustainability-related expertise in absence of material or credible educational or professional track records.

However, greenwashing and its subvariants like “carbonwashing” or “competence greenwashing” do not occur in a contextual vacuum but are strongly linked to the increasing appeal of sustainable finance, ESG investing, and the strong green growth they are supporting. Therefore, this paper will first illustrate recent green growth trends in the areas of sustainable finance and ESG investing before exploring how greenwashing and subject matter expertise-related competence greenwashing have been increasing alongside those trends..
Membership in Academic Society
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • Society for the Environment
Social
Professional and Outreach Activities
☆Invited Guest Speaker, “The Greenwashing Equation”, Policy conference held at Centre Bancaire “19 Liberté”, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, 7 Mach 2024 (https://www.ifis.lu/)

☆Invited Guest Speaker, “ESG/グリーンウォッシングとコンピテンスグリーンウォッシングの是正に向けた産学連携の重要性”, FDSF (Future Design Initiative by Science and Finance) Global Conference 2023, Tokyo, Japan, 7 July 2023 (https://fdsf.jp/fdsfconf2023)

☆Invited Guest Speaker, “Sustainable Development Goals: Learning to Act, Learning to Achieve”, 21st TQA (Thailand Quality Award) Winner Conference: Achieving Performance Excellence for Corporate Sustainability, Bangkok, Thailand, 19 May 2023

☆Invited Guest Lecturer, “Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Fiduciary Duties and ESG litigation risks”, Guest Lecturer at Sustainable Finance and Climate Protection Unit of University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 22 March 2023

☆Invited Guest Lecturer, “Greenwashing and competence risks across global green financial centres”, Guest Lecture at LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), Belval, Luxembourg, 9 March 2023 (https://www.liser.lu/?type=module&id=99&tmp=3069)
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