The financial sector is vital to fund the structural changes necessary for the transition towards a zero-carbon sustainable economy as set out in the Paris Agreement1. Regulatory actions such as the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, as well as shifts in consumer attitudes, have driven firms around the globe to integrate sustainability concerns into their business models and strategies.
As ESG encompasses a wide variety of issues, ranging from the carbon dioxide footprint to diversity in the board of directors to corruption, the spectrum of financial products targeting these is diverse and complex. This paper provides an overview of the global market for sustainable financial products, highlights regional disparities, and explores the rationale for integrating sustainability matters in the investment selection process.
Dr. Olaf Clemens, Partner
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