ESG

Coronavirus provides unexpected boost to ESG investment

The global Covid-19 pandemic has shook financial markets but impact investors, especially in Asia, have emerged remarkable unscathed.

Far from an indulgent luxury that can only be afforded during times of plenty, ESG investing options have been outperforming other asset classes during the pandemic, evolving from a thematic interest to a hedging strategy.

“The Covid pandemic has shifted the importance investors attach to sustainable finance,” said Helene Li, of Hong Kong ESG advocacy group GoImpact Capital Partners, in an interview with FinanceAsia. “ESG is not just a buzzword, it has significant bearings on the world we live in.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has withdrawn demand for flights and travel, while effectively putting a wrench in the consumer supply chain by shutting...

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