Evaluating Sustainable Investment Trends

S&P Dow Jones Indices
Written By: Martina Macpherson and Emily Ulrich
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Written By: Martina Macpherson and Emily Ulrich

We are in a period of flux; the world is undergoing multiple complex transitions, but shocks and release of tension could also brighten the risk outlook. Meanwhile, a number of key developments are likely to shape environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trends over the course of 2017. These include:

  • The long-term shift to a low-carbon economy and physical natural capital risks;
  • Technological change of unprecedented depth and speed;
  • A new global economic and geopolitical balance and the associated risk of division and polarization;
  • The emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), along with a new generation of (individual) market participants that is increasingly focused on social issues; and
  • A stronger institutional focus on long-term risks and opportunities that can affect economic, political and societal development and growth.

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