Sustainable strategies win over skeptical emerging stock investors

Once the preserve of religious and ethically minded funds and the development finance arms of major economies, these ESG themes have moved into the mainstream. Almost all emerging fund managers in a survey by UK development finance arm CDC to be published this week consider ESG to be integral to their investment strategy, and in many deals they regard it as a “fact of life”. It is a sharp contrast to a few years ago, when emerging market investors saw sustainable strategies as an irritant imposed by worthy multilateral lenders, or “the dead hand of eco-fascism”, according to CDC’s ESG director Mark Eckstein. “There is a step up in investors’ sophistication – they are taking ESG seriously because it is an issue for them.”


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