ESG Roundtable - Beyond planet: Investing in people
Roundtable highlights :
- The past year has seen a rising recognition of the need to consider both People and Planet when investing. The COVID-19 pandemic brought social issues higher up the agenda of governments, regulators and consumers. For example, the DWP’s recent consultation request has helped highlight the need to focus beyond climate.
- A lack of understanding of the social investment landscape, various competing priorities (including climate reporting) and a perceived dearth of social investment solutions have thus far hindered investment in this space.
- Engagement on social factors is key for a full picture of ESG risks and opportunities. It provides a means to encourage more positive social behaviour from companies and should be considered a standard tool for asset owners and managers as engaging on environmental factors and governance practices.
- Social bonds and investing in listed companies seeking to address societal challenges through their products and services are examples of ‘next level’ social investments that can go beyond traditional ESG investing and target a measurable social impact.
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