Mirroring international trends
Goldman Sachs recently declared that sustainable investment has now become mainstream – and that awareness of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors is a minimum requirement for investment. It called it the ‘new bottom line’.
On the client side, the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, the leading forum for institutional investors, now has a signatory base in excess of US$59 trillion. This feeds directly into how money is managed along the investment chain – so investment banks and asset managers are becoming responsive to client demands to raise their game on sustainability.
In Ireland capital market participants are increasingly considering ESG factors in their investment decisions, which mirrors international trends. They recognise that this not only impacts on a company’s reputation, operational risks and costs, but can enhance efficiency and productivity – leading to growth in shareholder value.
Sustainable Nation has established the Sustainable & Responsible Investment Forum Ireland (SIF Ireland) as a platform for market players with a substantial interest in ESG investing.
SIF Ireland Objectives
Launched April 2016, SIF Ireland’s three-year plan is focused on achieving the following key objectives:
- To provide a platform for the promotion of Ireland’s sustainable / responsible investment sector and for international collaboration
- To raise awareness of the sustainable / responsible investment agenda
- To promote Ireland as a location of choice to domicile / manage assets
- To develop a skills programme for the enhancement of world-class knowledge and competence
- To support the development of innovative financial services and products that support sustainable economic development
- To share industry insight and collaborate with sector stakeholders
ESG SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
NEW PARTNERSHIPS FORMED
SIF IRELAND AND UNPRI ACADEMY
TOGETHER PROVIDING ESG TRAINING
TO IRISH PROFESSIONALS.
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