Co-founded by I Care & Consult, Quantis, Sycomore AM 


A powerful new tool that gives investors the ability to measure the environmental impacts, and future potential, of any economic activity or  sector.


An open-source initiative to raise awareness in the financial sector and support the change towards an environmentally sustainable economy. 


A collaborative effort to empower investors with the information to meet consumer expectations and comply with environmental regulatory guidelines.

The Net Environmental Contribution Initiative

More and more investors prefer activities that contribute to the transition to a sustainable economy, but until now, financial decision-makers lacked the tools to drive that change. The Net Environmental Contribution Initiative offers a revolutionarily-new way to measure the environmental impact of economic activities.

The NEC tool is the only holistic and sector-specific environmental metric created by financial practitioners, for practitioners. This metric will change the way the financial sector approaches sustainable investing by guiding investors to choose investments that drive the transformation to a greener, more resilient economy.

Why Join the NEC Initiative?

Equipped with a comprehensive new metric that can measure the environmental impact and/or contribution of any economic sector or activity, the NEC Initiative will empower investors to select investments and drive the transition towards a more sustainable economy.

Members of the NEC Initiative will pioneer the use of the NEC metric, contribute to its development and share their expertise through a network of institutions and partners.

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Founding Partners



Join the NEC Initiative


As sustainable finance flourishes, different shades of “green” have emerged. Much like financial indicators or ratings, environmental metrics guide decision making by providing investors with insight into the risks and opportunities that lie in their portfolios.

Dimitri Caudrelier


Our aim was to provide a simple answer to a complex question: ‘Does this business, company, fund or index contribute to the environmental and energy transition?’ By 2018, we had achieved a coherent tool that has already been tested on over 1,300 stocks and bonds.

Jean-Guillaume Péladan

Head of Environmental Strategy
Sycomore AM

We are honoured to provide academic research support to the NEC initiative, which is paving the way to robust impact assessment of the investment industry.

Jean-Michel Beacco

Institut Louis Bachelier

We need to move from a #marktomarket to a #marktoplanet approach for considering the way we invest. There is no way this will happen if we don’t go beyond principles and statements and start working on the system itself, its metrics and its incentives. The NEC initiative is an important step forward.

Bertrand Badré

CEO and founder
Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital

Since 2015, our clients’ interest in the NEC has grown considerably and we have applied this indicator across different asset classes: listed companies, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. Investors are interested in the wide-ranging nature of its sector applications, its ability to integrate the full range of environmental issues relevant to specific industries, and its discriminatory power.

Guillaume Neveux

I Care & Consult

The urgency to act for the planet can only be met if corporations and investors have a common compass to guide their actions. For too long, investors have been passive in the process of building bridges and finding solutions with companies. In our view, the NECi is a critical move to fix this

Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel

Head of ESG Research