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ESG

Asia’s green investors and issuers lag global counterparts

Alternatives to green bonds and loans needed to boost Asian green finance; engaging retail investors will be key.

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Green Asia – not yet in bloom



A recent report by East and Partners, commissioned by HSBC, shows Asian issuers and investors as laggards in implementing environmental and social governance strategy.

While globally 47.6% of issuers and 61.4% of investors have an ESG strategy, in Asia, the equivalent figures are 15% and 21%, according to the report. Southeast Asia is even further behind China, say market participants, but this is slowly changing.

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Mikkel Larsen, DBS

“The G, and to some extent the S, have been of greater focus in SE Asia when it comes to ESG, but there is now a greater appreciation of the environmental component,” explains Mikkel Larsen, chief sustainability officer at DBS




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