How Investors Are Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

October 18, 2018 by Matthew Craig

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Government pension funds and sovereign funds have a natural interest in the big picture. They have long time horizons, stretching out for decades, and are sometimes termed 'universal owners’ because they effectively have a stake in the overall market, as a result of their size and diversified portfolios. As the 2017 annual report for Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the Government Pension Fund Global succinctly states: "Long-term return is dependent on sound economic development and well-functioning markets". Consequently, large investors increasingly want to see sustainable economies and markets develop, which meet the challenges posed by climate change, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss and deforestation. There are increasing examples of large asset owners taking a more active role towards sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG)…

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