What is ESG?

The act of investing for our futures implies we have hopes and aspirations. But what does that future look like? Shouldn’t investing in a better tomorrow be of equal importance?

No one person or entity can halt the climate emergency, control how technology is redefining our lives, or manage shifting geopolitical landscapes. But together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Together we can make a difference with Responsible Investing. 

Responsible Investing: Adding Value through "Environment, Social and Governance"

Environment refers to any aspect of the company's activity that has an impact on the environment. Assessment categories typically include:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Waste and pollution
  • Climate change
  • Renewable energies

Social refers to any aspect associated with the company' s human capital and human rights in general. Assessment categories typically include:

  • Working conditions
  • Employee Relations
  • Diversity in the work environment
  • Health and safety

Governance refers to any aspect associated with the management and behaviour of a company. Assessment categories typically include:

  • Corporate tax strategies
  • Management costs
  • Lobbying and political donations
  • Structure and management diversity

4 Things You Should Know About ESG

*Source: Amundi, MSCI, "Swipe Right to Invest – Millenials and ESG, the Perfect Match", as of November 2017.

*Source: Amundi, as of 2021.

*Source: Amundi, as of 2020.

*Source: McKinsey and Company, “From ‘why’ to ‘why not’: Sustainable investing as the new normal,” as pf October 2017.

Mythbusting on Responsible Investing

Myth #1

"Responsible Investment makes less money than traditional investment"

Myth #2

"Responsible Investment is just a passing trend"

Myth #3

"Reconciling finance and sustainable development is impossible"

Latest ESG News

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Artificial Intelligence Solutions to Support ESG Integration in Emerging Markets

Assessing the ESG quality of an issuer is key for investment decisions, not only to take into account the sustainable risks that might weaken the issuer’s financial strength, but also to assess the product’s impact on key issues that represent a systemic risk for society. There are nevertheless data sources that are underused and could, if correctly analyzed, strengthen our ESG assessment.

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Monday 19 April 2021

Emerging Market Green Bonds Report 2020

Although the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines and, more recently, the launch of widespread immunization drives provide a clear path out of this unprecedented global crisis, the short-term outlook, especially in EMs, is still uncertain. What is certain is that EMs will experience widely divergent recovery paths and will require substantial fiscal policy support.

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Tuesday 09 June 2020

Sustainable and actionable: An ESG study of climate and social challenge for Asia

Climate risks are rising in Asia. So an urgent question for financial markets becomes: what impact is the region’s green fixed income having on climate change mitigation? And could it do more?

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