The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched in late 2015, are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by world leaders to mobilise efforts to end poverty, and fight inequalities and climate change. While the goals are not legally binding, governments, businesses and civil society, with the United Nations, are expected to put in place specific frameworks for their achievement.
While the combination of impact investing and SDGs is still new, investor demand is growing rapidly and moving into larger, more liquid asset classes such as public equities.
At the LGC conference in March 2018, AXA Investment Managers examined the implications for asset owners, how easily the
can be considered in portfolio construction and some of the pitfalls to be wary of.