Jo Holden, Global Head of Investment Research at Mercer, says ESG is taking a much higher priority for European asset owners.
New tools are helping farmers and investors to understand sustainability impacts more precisely, but policy frameworks still lag.
Demand and supply are rising but asset owners should be clear on intent and risk in sustainability-themed funds.
Insure Our Future’s Peter Bosshard says insurers should be in the vanguard of the finance sector’s climate action efforts.
Investors encouraged to support policy advocacy as well as engage with investee companies to reduce plastic use and transition to circular economy.
Investors ask corporates to tie ESG-related targets to remuneration schemes, but complex pay packet structures makes impact hard to measure.
Hortense Bioy, Global Director of Sustainability Research at Morningstar, says the bond market increasingly offers impact, but data challenges still bedevil sovereigns.
Climate risk-related risk weightings are seen as inevitable as investors and supervisors scrutinise sector’s climate policies.
Many asset owners and managers are still reluctant to publicly oppose climate laggards.
UKSIF Chief Executive James Alexander says government action is needed urgently to support investors and fulfil net-zero 2050 ambitions.
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