Despite $30tn invested in ESG assets, there's still a lack of clarity about what it actually means.


Welcome to the inaugural edition of Sustainable Views, a newsletter that brings you the voices and the data driving the environmental, social and governance (ESG) debate.

Sustainability is everywhere – from industry boardrooms to bank credit committees and asset managers’ portfolios. There is now more than $30tn invested in ESG and impact assets. But despite the surge in attention granted to this area, clear definitions of what it actually includes and real transparency on what business does about it are still missing.

So we set out to help you make sense of the broader sustainability space. Every month, we will summon some of the most influential names across business, finance and investment from around the world to offer insights into what might work and what might come next. We will publish their views along with data that will help frame the discussion.

In this first edition, the godfather of impact investing, Sir Ronald Cohen, converses with Bill Winters, chief executive of Standard Chartered and chairman of the newly created Task Force on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets. We highlight research that shows asset managers disappointing engagement on climate issues. And, to start us off, lawyer and gender equity campaigner Silvia Fazio, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and the chairman of not-for-profit Women in Leadership in Latin America (WILL), tells us about the disproportionate struggles of black women in Brazil and of some hopeful private sector initiatives attempting to set this right. 

We hope you will enjoy the read.

We also hope that you will let us know your thoughts on any of the subjects addressed here and hope to publish your feedback in the next edition. 


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