Seek “good” returns for a better world


We see huge growth opportunities for sustainable investing in Asia ex-Japan
Chief Investment Office17 May 2019
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Global sustainable-investing assets grew 34% to USD30.7t in 2018 from USD22.9t in 2016, according to the latest data by Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA), published in April 2019. In Asia, the Global Sustainable Investment Review revealed that there had been a notable 16% increase in sustainable-investment assets between 2014 and 2016. This reaffirms our view that the inflows into sustainable investing is structural.

Investor interest in “responsible investment products” is increasing from institutional investors and wealth management clients globally. These products typically factor in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) measures. The United Nations (UN)-backed Principles for Responsible Investment also show a shift toward the incorporation of ESG factors in investment decision-making.

There is immense growth potential for sustainable investments, both regionally and globally. 66% of global consumers are willing to pay more for a sustainable brand and 73% of Millennials are prepared to pay extra for a sustainable offer, according to studies by Nielsen. In 2017, a DBS research collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) found that in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), there was demand for an estimated USD3t of investment to be pumped into “green investments” from 2016-30.



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