The future of sustainable investing

The COVID-19 crisis has put the value of sustainability into greater focus than ever before. It’s shone a spotlight on the interdependence of the economy, society and the environment, and shown the importance of building resilience in portfolios and positioning for a changing world.

On Wednesday 21 October, we invited a global panel of expert speakers to discuss the next major developments in sustainable investing, and how we can better mobilise capital towards sustainable goals. Importantly, the panel discussed how investing sustainably does not mean settling for sub-market returns, and that incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investing can improve long-term risk-adjusted returns for equities and preserve returns in bonds.

Our panel included Aniket Shah, Head of Sustainability and ESG Research, UBS Americas; Dr Di Winkler, CEO, Founder and Executive Board Member of Summer Foundation; Ian Learmonth, CEO of Clean Energy Finance Corporation; Olivia Albrecht, Head of ESG Business Strategy at PIMCO; and Phil Morle, Partner at Main Sequence Ventures. The session was moderated by Rachel Etherington and Anshula Venkataraman from Crestone Wealth Management.