ESG Trends to watch
2020 ESG trends to watch
In our annual report, we explore the key environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends that are top of mind for investors in 2020. This year’s trends examine the sleeping giants of climate change; new terms for capital; re-valuing real estate; the new human capital paradox; and keeping score on stakeholder capitalism.
New terms for capital video card
New terms for capital: ready or not, here comes ESG
In 2020, investors turbocharge their use of alternative data to spot the companies plotting to takIn 2020, ESG storms the CFO’s office, elbowing its way onto the bottom line as financiers get creative with ways to bind ESG criteria to their terms of capital, introducing a plethora of corporate borrowers into the wide world of ESG.
Read estate card
| || Re-valuing real estate: investing in the eye of the hurricane |
In 2020, greening the property portfolio will move from a nice-to-have reputation-booster to an imperative in the face of a looming “brown discount” if real estate investors don’t kickstart their journey to zero carbon.
New human capital video card
The new human capital paradox: Juggling layoffs and shortages
In 2020, many more companies will have to become human capital multi-taskers, laying off some workers while simultaneously recruiting scarce new kinds of talent that may seem alien to management. Like a high-wire juggling act, any lapse could prove disastrous.
Stakeholder capitalism video card
Keeping score on stakeholder capitalism: looking for accountability in all the new places
In 2020, stakeholders without proxy cards will evolve their activism, joining forces with willing shareholders and using increasingly sophisticated means to size up whether companies really “walk the talk” when it comes to their stakeholder commitments.