ESG: actions speak louder than disclosure – abrdn

Unless disclosure is accompanied by real teeth to drive positive change, we may find there is more reporting for reporting’s sake.

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... It has taken quarter of a century, but responsible investment has gone from niche outlier to core pillar of mainstream strategies – with its own set of reporting standards, regulations and policies.

Environmental, social and governance issues are so firmly entrenched in today’s investment discourse, that most companies, a large proportion of the financial services industry and many investors consider integrating these factors in their daily and longer-term operations a top priority. Such evolution is critical to ensuring the world not only moves towards its net-zero carbon emissions targets by 2050, but meets the 17 UN sustainable development goals, which are designed to achieve peace and prosperity for all mankind.

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