Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policies are becoming increasingly popular among businesses, driven by increased awareness of climate change risks, public debates on corporate responsibility, and improved access to data. Companies with strong ESG ratings tend to outperform their peers in terms of profitability and market value, leading to increased customer trust and engagement.
ESG Investing: A Global Trend
ESG investing has grown in popularity in recent years, with the US and Europe moving towards greater standardization in ESG regulations. Asia, however, lags behind and needs to work on promoting the benefits of ESG investments and developing regulations and standards that encourage sustainable practices. A region-wide framework would provide clarity and confidence for investors, while providers need to increase the availability of ESG investment opportunities.
Challenges and Opportunities in ESG Investing
Despite the growing importance of ESG investing, challenges remain, such as a lack of reliable data and loose regulatory environments. New ESG regulations and disclosing standards proposed in the US, EU, and elsewhere offer hope for curbing greenwashing and
countering the credibility deficit in ESG markets. Global climate finance volumes are estimated to be between USD 850 billion and USD 940 billion in 2021, with the majority going to climate change mitigation.
Sustainability in the Sports Industry
Several major sports facilities in the U.S. have adopted sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, such as Mercedes Benz Stadium, which achieved LEED Platinum Certification in 2017, and Climate Pledge Arena, the first net zero certified arenas in the world. Sports teams and venues have a platform on the topic of social change and can shine a light on issues that matter, reflecting the trend seen across other industries.
Investing for a Sustainable Future
Investments in sustainable practices and ESG policies have the potential to create positive environmental and social impacts while providing financial returns. As investors become increasingly aware of sustainability’s importance in the long-term success of companies, ESG investing will continue to grow in significance, shaping the future of businesses and the world at large.