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As the world recovers from the global pandemic, the private-lending industry has an opportunity to position itself as a strong partner for post-crisis long-term growth. But sustainability needs to be at the heart of private lenders’ approach.
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, responsible investors can help make the economic recovery sustainable and inclusive by engaging with the right stakeholders. A PRI working group has developed recommendations for a policy-engagement framework to help guide the investment community’s actions. Here are highlights of the group’s findings.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect a global consensus on the most urgent environmental and societal issues. A new crop of investments built around the SDGs are helping investors to direct capital into potential growth companies, while also addressing the biggest issues facing the planet.
The financial markets reacted to the coronavirus with an unprecedented first-quarter drop, then turned around quickly. This appetite for risk in the face of the deepest recession since the 1930s is quite unusual, but the markets are being driven by optimism about potential economic improvement down the road – so we can’t exclude a further rise in equity prices.
Even as the developed world slowly comes to grips with the coronavirus outbreak, the struggle in emerging markets is just beginning, and many foreign investors have grown wary. Social distancing and other containment measures are creating significant risks to EM economies. Still, some countries – including Russia, Brazil and China – could be set to rebound when capital begins flowing back in.