Charting future directions in ESG investing

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is an approach that incorporates ESG factors into the investment analysis and decision-making process. The total volume of ESG assets under management (AUM) reached US$23 trillion as of 2016, accounting for about one-quarter of all professionally managed investments globally, demonstrating how investors are becoming increasingly cognizant of the relationship between competitive financial performance and social and environmental progress. Despite this trend, growth of ESG investing in Asia is still slow.

This session will showcase ESG investing approaches by leading investors, explore ESG in Asia, discuss the challenges and opportunities in using ESG as a catalyst to promote the sustainability of markets.

Key Takeaways

  • The current ESG investing approaches of different investors in Europe and Asia
  • Key trends, barriers and opportunities in the ESG markets
  • What can be done globally, especially in Asia to further advance ESG investing and promote market sustainability