Corporates’ interest in environmental, social
and governance (ESG) initiatives has continued, with a
heightened focus on innovation.
A mixture of regulatory and reputational pressure is thought
to have shifted prioritisation of ESG in the financial sector,
with companies finding increasingly creative ways to become
"ESG investing has grown tremendously in recent years, and
more and more funds are becoming ESG-aligned," said Michael
Wilkins, global head of sustainable finance analytics &
research at S&P Global. Research by the Global Sustainable
Investment Alliance found that at the beginning of 2018,
$30.7 trillion of assets under management by institutional
investors are ESG-aligned in some way or another: a 34%
increase since 2016.
"It is no longer a question of simply screening portfolios,
and we now see ESG integration being used in portfolio
analysis," he continued. "This implies that there is now a link
between ESG and financial performance....