Let’s make finance sustainable (DWS)


The asset-management industry plays many roles. An increasingly important one is contributing to the greening of the financial system. This means integrating environmental, social and corporate-governance (ESG) and long-term-sustainability issues such as climate risk into investment strategy, risk management, asset allocation, governance and stewardship activities. Investing in good corporate citizens can make a lot of financial sense. For instance, in the age of Twitter and consumer boycotts, it is worth thinking about all these issues before a company, which you may be invested in, is faced with a troublesome situation.

Financial regulators around the world are increasingly focusing on financial institutions’ capabilities, preparedness and actions to manage climate-change and broader sustainability risks. The idea is to support investment in low-carbon and resource-efficient technologies and to foster a longer-term outlook. This trend gathered momentum in September 2015 when Bank of England Governor Mark Carney described climate change as a threat to financial stability. The same year, the G20 created a private-sector taskforce led by Michael Bloomberg. It recommended how companies and financial institutions should improve climate-related financial disclosures.

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has been awarded ‘A+’ and ‘A’ ratings by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the world’s leading proponent of responsible investing, as part of the organisation’s 2020 Assessment Reports for signatories.

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