No subject is more important than the future of our planet as a habitable place for humans and all other life forms.
In advance of an important talk about sustainable investing (Tuesday April 12th at 7.30pm) Andreas Wasmuht, the Bath Royal’s convenor for Business and Economics, explains why this topic is so vital and why it relevant to us all. Already over one third of professionally managed assets are aligned with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Market observers predict that this share will continue to grow. The remarkable growth of sustainable investing can be seen as a response to changing framework conditions: the need to account for climate risks and other environmental impacts of economic activities, the accelerating pace of technology and regulatory and social norm changes. Despite challenges of definitions, measurement, data availability and comparability and regulatory divergences across markets and regions, there are good reasons to assume that sustainable investing will become the new normal. Georg Kell is founding director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative and is Chairman of Arabesque Partners.
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