This article presents takeaways from a session at GIC Insights LIVE 2020, where panellists Jeremy Grantham, Co-Founder of GMO, Bob Litterman, Chairman of the Risk Committee at Kepos Capital, Debbie McCoy, Head of Sustainable Investing at BlackRock’s Systematic Division, and Jaap van Dam, Principal Director Investment Strategy for PGGM, discussed how investors are integrating sustainability considerations into their investment frameworks, strategies and processes, while also navigating associated challenges. View a replay of the session here.
GIC Insights is our annual flagship event that gathers a select group of prominent business leaders to deliberate over long-term issues pertinent to the international business and investment community.
There are profound underlying threats to the long-term survivability of our species and civilisation, including “unlivable” climate conditions affecting a significant share of the world’s population, loss of global food production capacity, declining populations in the developed world due to below-replacement fertility rates, as well as growing inequality, distrust and divided government responses to global crises.
At the same time, technology is enabling great advancements. There is also a higher degree of awareness, transparency and sense of shared community that presents opportunities to address these issues. The investment world can contribute positively to collective action for better outcomes.