The sustainability of sustainability: green finance during the pandemic - Federated Hermes

Sustainable finance has been resilient amid the market shock, as a heightened awareness of environmental, social and governance (ESG) behaviours has coincided with a surge of regulatory changes and an uptick in green capital-market activities.

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... The growing prominence of green finance is often pointed to as a typical sign that we are reaching the height of a bull market – with the implication that the rush of ESG -focused activities was an ephemeral phenomenon in the waning months of the economic cycle. Yet if this were true, sustainable capital-market activity would have come to an abrupt halt in the first half of this year. Looking back over the past six months, this is clearly not the case. Instead, evidence suggests that the green evolution in finance has been resilient throughout the coronavirus crisis and represents a long-term, secular change.

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