Summary of London sustainability summit

Threat and opportunity: where next for sustainable investment?

While the sustainable investment train, for a long time very slow-moving, has been gathering pace in recent years, it has arguably reached a set of points. Down one track are by-stander approaches that report on their portfolios relative to certain sustainability criteria. By largely positioning investors as observers of global and environmental trends they effectively support a continuation of business-as-usual. Down the other track are approaches where asset owners and asset managers are more active participants in shaping the societal issues through providing various funding solutions, particularly with respect to the low carbon transition.

A challenge for the industry, and individual players within it, is to determine where on that spectrum they and their end investors want to be in the longer term, and what actions that positioning requires. And, even more importantly, what’s needed to support those actions.

Download the full summary of the sustainability summit held on 5 November 2019.