ESG: What should be the metrics?
Finance & Investment/Trading & Risk Management
Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
The momentum for ESG investing has accelerated, with “Environmental” often identified as the most important element within ESG. Some financial regulators are mandating that institutions consider the physical and transition risks of climate change in their stress testing and asset valuations. This means that companies, in turn, are increasingly being asked for “consistent, comparable, and reliable” ESG metrics. But at present, no single and consistent set of metrics, definitions, and reporting frameworks is in place. Which ESG factors materially affect long-term company performance? What metrics can be trusted? Which can meaningfully be compared between companies and sectors? Should investors care only about drivers of future company value, or should they worry about how companies impact global sustainable development? What is the role of financial institutions and financial regulators in fighting climate change?