2020 has been an unprecedented year, with the coronavirus pandemic impacting society in immeasurable ways. Now, more than ever, investors and businesses alike need to come together to formulate the why, what, and how of a sustainable finance future.
While sustainable finance is still only a relatively small slice of the global market, investors and/or asset managers are becoming increasingly focussed on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, regardless of whether or not their funds are explicitly ESG-oriented.
Following the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of ESG has continued to surge, and so too has its fortunes. In the first quarter, amid the market turmoil, sustainable funds drew record inflows, with many of these funds outperforming the wider market. It’s therefore no surprise that many are predicting sustainable investing to become the new standard.
In this session, a panel of leading industry experts offers their views on what it actually means to be a responsible investor in 2020 and beyond. This session delves into the E, S and G of ESG, and explores a range of topics including value versus values; measurement, metrics and reporting; and narrowing the ESG risk gap between developed and emerging markets.