This one-off report looks at the definition of responsible investment in the Asia-Pacific region and global drivers for its growth in the coming years.
Asian governments, corporations and individuals have little choice but to start to adopt policies towards sustainable economic growth if they are to avoid potential environmental catastrophes in the future - and this report details in-depth many of the environmental and social crises facing the region if the approach is not taken.
But this necessity also presents opportunities for shrewd and conscientiousness investors. This report pinpoints why responsible investment might just be one of the most interesting - and potentially lucrative - investment opportunities of the 21st century
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David Bain is editorial director of Campden Wealth. He joined Campden in July 2010 from Dow Jones, where he worked on Wealth-Bulletin and Financial News, as well as contributing to the Wall Street Journal. He has had 20 years' experience as a journalist and economist working at various organisations, including Schroders and the Economist Intelligence Unit, part of the Economist. He holds an economics degree from London School of Economics.
Mike Scott is a writer who specialises in environment, business and sustainability issues for newspapers, magazines, websites, corporate clients and think tanks. He covers the entire spectrum of sustainability issues, from the environmental applications of nanotechnology to corporate social responsibility and responsible investment. Mike has almost 20 years’ experience as a newspaper journalist including nine years at the Financial Times before he struck out as a freelance writer for national newspapers, magazines and the business world.
Annie Chen, River Star Foundation, Hong Kong
When Annie and her team started the process of converting their portfolio in 2009, there were very few people in Hong Kong who understood what they were trying to do – they had to hire an investment advisor based in Zurich, and they also learned about SRI by doing their own research, attending conferences and talking to people in the industry. Today, Annie sees much more awareness about responsible investing as well as increased accessibility and availability of investment options, making the process easier for those who want to adopt this approach now.
As this report shows, responsible investing is not only an opportunity for investors in Asia, but a reality that reflects the urgent need for this part of the world – home to two-thirds of the world’s poorest, yet poised for massive growth in the next decades – to manage its development in a responsible and sustainable manner. Family businesses and family offices can play an important role in making responsible investing a more established trend in Asia, thereby helping to assure us all of a more sustainable future.
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