Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)


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Taking Stock: What drives ESG

While ESG started small and was initially led by consumer demand from a small sector of the market, it has seen substantial growth since the late 1980s and is becoming the main long-term path that companies deem to follow. Contrary to popular belief, ESG investing is not commercial suicide, rather an outperformance proven by historical events. The way a company manages ESG issues reveals its quality and ability to compete successfully.

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Securing our Future: Global sustainable Leadership, Local ESG Stewardship

ESG integration at the corporate and organisational levels involve the systemic and explicit inclusion of sustainability factors into organisational structure and the business’ decision-making processes.

At PhillipCapital, we incorporate ESG considerations across decision levels while doing our fiduciary duty to assure regulatory compliance, and to ensure long term commitments. We aim to influence change through our investments by supporting countries and companies that are aligned with sustainable development goals, while rewarding those in transition to a low-carbon and circular economy and ones that have also chosen socially-just and nature-positive pathways. In our race to net zero, we prefer to partner and not to punish.

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Driving ESG investing through people and process

Why does it matter?

Low-lying coastal and island states are now having to foot the bill for widespread shrinking of the cryosphere. Costs continue to accrue in adaptation measures, loss and damages due to sea level rise alone. Cryospheric and hydrological changes negatively impact our food security, water resources, health and importantly tourism and recreation.

The rate of ocean warming has doubled since 1993. It has its own string of effects. Marine species have undergone shifts in geographical range and composition. Bali, a tropical island, recorded its first Great White Shark, a temperate species, in October 2019.

Besides receiving unexpected visitors on your Saturday swim, the cause for concern in going from 1.5°C warming to 2°C could mean 1.7 billion more people experience severe heatwaves at least once every five years, and that would include us in sunny Singapore.

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