Panel: Are ESG considerations still a priority in the face of a global economic downturn?
In a recent study by RBC, almost 50% of US investors said that financial performance and returns were more important than ESG impact. Notably, US-based ESG funds have returned 10.2% on average per year, compared to 12.6% for broader funds. A new report released by Bernstein advised that if the US heads into a recession, inflation is expected to remain high, but diversity, inclusion and the circular economy themes are well-positioned in times of slowing growth and recession with relatively low volatility, high free cash flow yield, and offer higher quality at a reasonable price. This panel will discuss:
- Will ESG considerations become less important in the face of an economic downturn?
- How might LPs reassess ESG priorities in the face of an economic downturn when allocating funds?
- How can investors use restructuring opportunities to promote diversity, inclusivity, and a circular economy?
- How are green bonds performing and what is the future of ‘green’ or climate related issuance?
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