Resetting the agenda: White Paper

June 24, 2021


Resetting the agenda: How ESG is shaping our future

June 24, 2021

Candice de Monts-Petit


Candice is a manager within Economist Impact's Policy & Insights division in EMEA. Prior to joining the Economist Group in 2018, she was the editor of IR Magazine, the global publication dedicated to investor relations professionals. She had an early career working in finance and investor relations in the natural resources sector in Moscow, Paris and London. Candice holds an MSc in Business Management from Université Paris Dauphine, an MA in Political Science (Post-Soviet studies) from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and a degree in Chinese Studies from Université Paris Diderot.


The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed a wealth of interconnections – between ecological and human wellbeing, between economic and environmental fragility, between social inequality and health outcomes, and more. The consequences of these connections are now filtering through, reshaping our society and economy.

In this setting, the need to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when investing has become even more critical. Institutional investors must employ ESG not just to mitigate risks and identify opportunities, but to engage with companies to bring about the positive change needed to drive a sustainable economic recovery in the post-Covid world.

In order to understand how ESG could be both a new performance marker and a growth driver in this environment, as well as how institutional investors are using ESG to make investment decisions and to assess their own performance, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), sponsored by UBS, surveyed 450 institutional investors working in asset and wealth management firms, corporate pension funds, endowment funds, family offices, government agencies, hedge funds, insurance companies, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and reinsurers in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.


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