Never waste a crisis: sustainable strategies after COVID-19

(Climate Action, 1 Jun 2020) As policy makers and financial institutions around the world make dramatic and costly moves to address the current crisis, many are also taking aim at the crises of the future.

It was Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, who argued in the aftermath of the last great period of market turmoil in 2008 that “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

As policy makers and financial institutions around the world make dramatic and costly moves to address the current crisis, many are also taking aim at the crises of the future. 

As the market turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates institutional investors to review their asset allocations and mandates over the coming months, we expect them to embrace invention, in the form of climate and sustainability-tilted smart beta strategies, or what we refer to as Smart Sustainability. This is set to accelerate the already explosive growth of sustainable investing. 

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Climate Action, 1 Jun 2020: Never waste a crisis: sustainable strategies after COVID-19