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A sustainable global economy starts with individual acts of conscience and responsible citizenship.

ESG going mainstream

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) changes are happening faster than ever, reshaping how people live and invest. Understanding how investment portfolios will be impacted by these changes is crucial.


We believe that ESG factors are going increasingly mainstream and can be used to drive investment outperformance. Investment strategies incorporating ESG are growing fast and now account for over a quarter of professionally managed assets globally.


Our series of #WhyESGMatters aims to deliver thought-provoking analysis and highlight why ESG is becoming increasingly important for investors to consider in their investment decisions.

Examples of common ESG issues

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Climate change impact

Air & water pollution

Waste management

Energy efficiency

Water scarcity

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Human rights

Consumer privacy

Gender equality

Data security

Health & safety

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Board structure

Company ownership

Financial reporting

Business ethics & culture

Executive remuneration

Source: HSBC Global Research, “ESG Playbook”, Oct 2018


ESG drives value

  • 1.Increasing exposure to ESG rarely underperforms the markets

  • 2.Companies with strong ESG metrics are more likely to outperform

  • 3.ESG issues can be financially material and impact share prices

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