Impact of COVID-19 on ESG & Responsible Investing
While it may seem counterintuitive to focus on forward-looking environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Responsible Investing (RI) factors during a health and economic crisis, the vulnerabilities exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic have been largely non-financial. Savvy investors will increasingly look at non-financial factors such as supply chain management, human capital management, available cash, disaster recovery, insurance coverage, etc. to identify companies and sectors that would be particularly vulnerable to another or a protracted COVID-19 economic downturn.
This piece looks at the two schools of thought on how COVID-19 and market volatility may impact RI in general and ESG-integrated investing in particular.
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