Responsible Investing 2020

Responsible investing goes to the heart of the single most important metric in the debt industry: risk. Whether it’s the risk that climate change poses to portfolios companies, the reputational risks caused by poor governance, or those less-easy-to-quantify issues like diversity and how it affects the bottom line (a lot!), there’s growing awareness that each of the individual components of ESG needs to be embedded within the credit selection process.

Stephen O’Neill: Debt funds are in strong position to influence ESG behaviour

The head of private markets at Nest says off-market lenders have a lot of power to ensure their borrowers act responsibly.

New frameworks will help normalise ESG principles

The rise of new reporting frameworks should help debt funds with disclosure requirements, says John Anderson, international counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton.

New EU rules push funds to get serious on ESG

Europe’s sustainable finance and climate change agenda creates a whole new compliance challenge for private debt funds.

Private debt fits the bill for Africa

The region presents untapped opportunities for private debt investors seeking to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, despite the challenges of the pandemic, writes Ben Jackson.

Impact investing: Is it reinventing capitalism?

The social and economic vulnerabilities exposed by the coronavirus could propel the world of impact investment to new levels.

Rebecca Fries on using a gender lens to increase impact

Value for Women’s Rebecca Fries explains how investors can improve their opportunities to innovate and their impact, particularly in the wake of covid-19.

How can managers avoid greenwashing?

How can we be sure impact investment claims are accurate? We go inside the race to develop better measurement frameworks.

John Simon: Opportunities beckon for private debt investors in Africa

The founding partner of Total Impact Capital says that for those looking for impact, the region's market is strong and largely untapped.



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