New York, May 4, 2021 — The winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality.
Manifest Climate is honored to have been selected for the experimental category, which is designed for concepts, prototypes, and just-launched ideas that have the potential to change how we think about an issue. We are innovating to help bring transparency around climate change to capital markets and part of a community that will keep trying new things to address the climate crisis.
As the climate crisis becomes more urgent and universally evident, investors, insurers, and companies will need to understand the impacts of climate change: the move to a low-carbon economy, increasingly impactful policies and regulations, on top of more frequent and violent weather are all directly linked to business operatives and performance. Capital market players are seeking clarity on how businesses are building resiliency and maintaining financial performance. Manifest provides organizations with a TCFD-maturity assessment which surfaces best practice disclosure examples, and relevant climate-related market trends for their business.
Early adopters include international companies ranging from financial services (banks, asset management, insurance) and telecommunications giants, to retail and mining. These early adopters have helped to shape the customer experience to produce context-specific and actionable recommendations that drive meaningful climate and business impacts.
Manifest has laid the groundwork for a refined software platform that will be the first SaaS solution of its kind geared towards helping companies improve climate-related disclosure and climate governance. It combines multidisciplinary climate expertise with AI technology to build a platform that helps organizations understand, approach and disclose their climate-related information and insights in a clear and impactful way.
Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 33 winners, more than 400 finalists, and more than 800 honorable mentions—with Health and Wellness, AI & Data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. Plus, several new categories were added, including Pandemic Response, Urban Design, and Architecture. The 2021 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Brazil to Denmark to Vietnam.
Showcasing some of the world’s most inventive entrepreneurs and companies tackling exigent global challenges, Fast Company’s Summer 2021 issue (on newsstands May 10) highlights, among others, a lifesaving bassinet; the world’s largest carbon sink, thanks to carbon-eating concrete; 3D-printed schools; an at-home COVID-19 testing kit; a mobile voting app; and the world’s cleanest milk.
“Manifest software brings transparency of climate risk and opportunity to capital markets, unlocking the ability to improve decision-making. It demonstrates to management, boards and shareholders the value of understanding and communicating climate risks and opportunities,” says Laura Zizzo, Co-Founder of Manifest. “We are honored to be included in this syndicate of world-class change-makers.”
“Manifest translates climate confidence into business results,” said Jeremy Greven, Co-Founder of Manifest. “Leveraging our deep climate expertise and AI, we are able to bring cutting edge tech into the world of corporate disclosure. It’s time for technology to play a bigger role in helping business understand their climate-related risks and opportunities”
“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”