Nuveen’s June 2020 ‘Responsible Investing’ Survey highlights that 70% of responsible investments are made because of “superior risk management” and better performance. At 39% only two years ago, “Investors increasingly understand that promoting positive outcomes on important ESG issues, not only minimizes portfolio risks, it actually leads to improved performance overall.”
In addition, importantly, for the first time in the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks Report — which analyzes global, decadal risks — the most likely global risks for 2020 were all environmental, including: extreme weather events, human-made environmental damage and disasters, major biodiversity loss; earthquakes and tsunamis. With hindsight we can certainly add pandemics. The report identified the failure to act on climate mitigation and adaptation as the risk likely to have the greatest impact over the next 10 years.
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