This article was originally published on Indexology.


“…At S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), we have hence identified old and new ESG trends that will play out in 2017 and beyond – and influence our strategic decision-making.

E: Green finance will likely be supported across the investment value chain and bolstered by the Paris Agreement of 2016, in addition to natural capital risk and efficiencies management. In the lead up to COP 21 in 2015 and The Paris Agreement in 2016, market interest in environmental issues centered first and foremost on low-carbon strategies. While decarbonization and energy transition risks remain key areas of market participant interest globally, other environmental themes, in particular natural capital risk and efficiencies management, which encompasses all living aspects of nature and the ecosystem have gained ground and will likely remain a key area of focus for 2017 and beyond. Natural capital no longer remains just an abstract concept; it supports lives, livelihoods and societal wellbeing, and it has infinite value for society and the economy, which is at risk.

S: In 2017, we can expect to see increasing interest in social themes among market participants across asset classes, along with a new mindset shift among institutions and individuals that can be described as movement from COP22 (“E”) to sustainable development goals (“E+S”) and the 2030 Agenda of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (2015) – and with a focus on investing with impact. This shift goes hand in hand with the debate around “business with purpose” and the emergence of a new type of “mixed economy” market participant that is increasingly concerned with investment outcomes and impacts beyond financial results…”

Read on at: Indexology.