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| How to have a positive ESG impact
At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we are responsible investors. As such, we ensure environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are embedded in everything we do. Our goal is to make a difference – for our clients, society and the wider world.
| A call to action
There are numerous ESG-related investment options for investors, from ethical to SRI (sustainable and responsible investing). More recently, we have seen the emergence of impact investing and portfolios that are directly aligned with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDG’s are designed to help governments and regulators meet the most pressing global challenges. The task is a sizeable one. According to the UN, it will require around $5-7 trillion annually to meet its Agenda. As a result, the SDGs have rapidly become a ‘call to capital’ for investors and asset managers alike.
| Impact investing
Impact investing involves investments that seek to have a measurable, positive environmental and social impact alongside aiming to generate a financial returns. European companies are an attractive opportunity for impact investing. Many were early adopters of the SDGs, incorporating them into their strategies and business practices. A host of companies have strong sustainability credentials and are global leaders on social and environmental issues. From across the region, there are numerous companies whose technologies, products, services and business models contribute to positive change in areas such as healthcare, education, agriculture and energy. This is creating a raft of opportunities for active investors.
| The SDGs in Asia and emerging markets
Another area of particular focus for us is Asia and emerging markets, where the list of challenges is extensive. According to Brookings, incremental spending needs in low and lower-middle-income countries may amount to at least $1.4 trillion per year to meet the SDGs.
There are numerous opportunities to allocate capital in areas of alignment with the SDGs. This includes opportunities in areas of high need and demand, such as sustainable manufacturing practices, improving the quality of education, financial inclusion and environmental initiatives to combat climate change.
We believe this is a vital, exciting and growing investment opportunity. As then-UN secretary Ban Ki-moon said: “The SDGs are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people”. Given the devastating events of 2020, we believe it is more important than ever that we all work together to help meet the challenges facing the world. By investing in line with the SDGs, asset managers can do just that – while helping to look for a more sustainable financial future.
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