Key ESG Themes in a Post-COVID-19 World — Barclays

Barclays predicts the acceleration and standardization of ESG investing and operations due to the impact of COVID-19.

Highlight those companies committed to high ESG standards

Accelerate sustainability trends like remote schooling and reduced travel

Encourage governments to ‘green’ the recovery – e.g. ESG-contingent bailouts

Digitize shareholder engagement – e.g. virtual Annual General Meetings

The 2400 signatories to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment who fail to meet their commitment of 50 percent AUM invested according to those principles risk delisting as early as this month.

More ESG securities like green bonds will be available.

Two-thirds of World Economic Forum members at Davos 2020 said they were ready to embrace the ESG reporting initiative to increase standardization

More focus on carbon reduction in supply chain.

The S in ESG — social factors — more prominently factored into risk calculations.

What will influence investors now?

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