ADI is being developed by five Founder Partners. The Founder Partners are the University of Oxford (Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment), Stanford University (Steyer-Taylor Center and Global Projects Center), CDP, 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, and the World Resources Institute. Other partners will be brought into the ADI as Funder, Research, Technology, and User Partners as the ADI develops.


The Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment aims to be the world’s leading centre for research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment. The Programme was established in 2012 (originally as the Stranded Assets Programme) to understand the requirements, challenges, and opportunities associated with a reallocation of capital towards investments aligned with global environmental sustainability.


CDP is a mission focussed NGO whose role is to move the markets and public actors ahead of where they would otherwise be in terms of climate and environmental disclosure and action.

Founded in 2000 with offices located in 12 countries, CDP pioneered and continues to provide the world’s only global disclosure system. We now hold the largest and most comprehensive collection globally of primary data from companies on the impacts and dependencies they have on the world’s natural resources and their strategies to managing these. Measurement, transparency and accountability drive positive change in the world of business and investment. The process of disclosing information to CDP, and the insights the data brings on risks and opportunities, incentivizes companies and cities to reduce their impact on the environment and build greater resilience.


The Stanford Global Projects Center (GPC) is an interdisciplinary research center at Stanford University that seeks to facilitate understanding of the financing and development of critical infrastructure globally. The center conducts research on the policies and practices of institutional investors getting capital into the real economy, and studies best practices of public agencies in investing in and developing new infrastructure. The center also facilitates engagement among academic, government and industry leaders in the sector.


The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance was established in 2011 as a joint initiative of the Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business. The center’s mission is to influence and inspire the world’s leading policy and finance decision makers through the design of low-carbon policy and finance tools that are more robust and less wasteful than their predecessors. The Steyer-Taylor Center promotes cost-effective financing of deep decarbonisation in the US and globally by: (1) developing and disseminating innovative policies and financial instruments built on in-depth research and analysis; (2) convening and educating practitioners; and (3) training the next generation of leaders.


The 2° Investing Initiative is a multi-stakeholder think tank working to align the financial sector with 2°C climate goals. Our research and engagement activities seek to:

  • Align investment processes of financial institutions with 2°C climate scenarios;
  • Develop the metrics and tools to measure the climate performance of financial institutions;
  • Mobilize regulatory and policy incentives to shift capital to energy transition financing.

The association was founded in 2012 in Paris. In 2015 it counts two legal entities based in New-York and Paris and one office in London. 2°ii carries projects in Europe, China and the United States. Our work is global, both in terms of geography and engaging key actors. We bring together financial institutions, issuers, policy makers, research institutes, experts, and NGOs to achieve our mission. Representatives from all of the key stakeholder groups are also sponsors of our research (see members and partnerships below).



WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. Our more than 700 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.