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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) going mainstream

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) going mainstream

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as a concept has gained wide currency in recent years. As the financial market attaches increasing importance to it, a growing number of companies also consider the inclusion of ESG factors into their operational principles an imperative. Such strategy helps build a better world, reduce damage to the environment and society, and create wonderful opportunities.

ESG violations

Profitability should not be the only thing that companies strive for. Social and environmental responsibilities are just as well important. Overlooking ESG factors not only threatens the supply chain, but also puts a company’s goodwill and stock prices at risk.

Exponential growth in socially responsible investments4

Sales of electric vehicles reach new highs

Driven by environmental concerns and significant advancement in battery technology, sales of electric vehicles are expected to increase by 90 times between 2015 and 2040, and account for 35% of total car sales5.

Millennials a big driving force behind ESG

Millennials are concerned about environmental and social issues. Up to 43% of the survey respondents aged 40 or below said that they had made relevant investments previously6.


Lower - carbon investment opportunities shine

Companies with good ESG performance tend to have better corporate governance, and hence the advantage of long-term sustainability. Integrating ESG factors into the process of investing not only brings benefits to society, but also effectively manages risks, and creates opportunities for investors.

How does ESG investing work?7

Three advantages of lower-carbon investment strategies7

Lower-carbon investing is an important aspect of ESG strategy. It actively manages climate change risks while bringing opportunities to investors. Both lower-carbon equity and bond strategies provide diversification benefits across geographies and sectors.

Applying lower-carbon strategies does not mean sacrificing investment returns8

7 Source: HSBC Global Asset Management. For illustrative purposes only.

8 Source: Bloomberg, HSBC Global Investment Management, net total return indices (in USD terms), as of end February 2019.

Investment involves risks. Past performance is not indicative of future performance.

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