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Four ESG trends that will shape the post-COVID-19 world

Four ESG trends that will shape the post-COVID-19 world

07-08-2020 | Article
The coronavirus will impact the trajectory of ESG trends in a substantial way.
  • Rainer  Baumann
    Rainer
    Baumann
    Head of Investments

Speed read

  • Fiscal stimulus and regulation tilted toward ESG
  • Climate change and a consumer shift toward clean transport
  • Reshoring of production
  • Decentralized working and healthy living

A ‘once in a generation’ shock event

The coronavirus outbreak, which began at the end of 2019 and developed into a global pandemic within just a few months, not only triggered an economic crisis of historic dimensions, but will also impact the trajectory of ESG trends in a substantial way. The lockdown of economies around the globe forced companies to suspend their business due to supply chain disruptions or to protect their own workforce. The pandemic illustrated the risks of fragile systems, fat-tail events and their extension to the real economy. Moreover, society had to adapt to a new way of living and to change traditional habits in kind of a “shock therapy.” The scale of business disruption, job loss and economic contraction was unprecedented, but also made people and governments think about a “new normal” until the virus is brought under control, either naturally or through the development of a vaccine. As a result, we recognize some powerful environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends.
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