This year ever more so, leaders understand that businesses have a key role to play in tackling urgent challenges such as climate change. In 2019, Harvard Business Review interviewed 70 senior executives at 43 global institutional investment firms, including the world’s three biggest asset managers (BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street) asset owners (California Public Employees’ Retirement System, CalPERS), and the government pension funds of Japan, Sweden, and the Netherlands, finding that ESG was almost universally top of mind for these executives.
Sustainable investing, also known as socially responsible investing, is the process of incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions. Individuals who invest sustainably choose to invest in companies, organizations, and funds with the purpose of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. These indicators are especially important to long-term investors, backing up the trends we’re seeing in capital markets. Mainstream investors now look for evidence that their portfolio companies are focused on the material ESG issues that matter to financial performance, rather than on some ill-defined commitment to “sustainability.”
“We seek to analyze material issues such as climate risk, board quality, or cybersecurity in terms of how they impact financial value in a positive or a negative way. That’s the integrative approach we are increasingly taking for all of our investments” – Cyrus Taraporevala, president and CEO of State Street Global Advisors
In their latest episode of ‘18 minutes with 180 Markets’, our trusted Ecosystem Partner speaks with Angel Seafood, South Australia’s largest oyster producer and a leader in sustainability.
The interview highlights the sustainability trends and its increasing importance for investors, who increasingly more so want companies to become more pro-active in telling investors how they are integrating ESG factors into their business strategies.
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