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A New Dawn : Rethinking Sovereign ESG - Headline Messages (English)

With more than 40 trillion dollars of funds under sustainable management, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is no longer niche investing, including in emerging market (EM) sovereign debt markets. A recent J.P. Morgan survey of EM sovereign debt investors indicates that ESG factors are increasingly being used as an input into investment decisions. This is not only true for investments in sovereign debt markets but also other investments on the national and subnational level. In contrast, the ESG as output view considers an investment’s impact on broader, nonfinancial issues, such as environmental and social systems. This report argues that both views are not mutually exclusive and that investors can balance both to achieve a sweet spot. Sovereign ESG assessments should make it easier for investors to pursue traditional investment goals, while also contributing to measurable sustainable outcomes.

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Gratcheva,Ekaterina M. O'Reilly Gurhy,Bryan Wang,Dieter

A New Dawn : Rethinking Sovereign ESG - Headline Messages (English). Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Note Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/352121625037616857/A-New-Dawn-Rethinking-Sovereign-ESG-Headline-Messages