Sustainable investing

Sporting chances: why sustainability will be key for companies in a post-pandemic world

As lockdowns ease, companies face stern tests on many fronts. We consider seven areas in which UK companies will need to be on their game.

Jun 23, 2020

6 minutes

As lockdowns ease, companies face stern tests on many fronts. We consider seven areas in which UK companies will need to be on their game.

The fast view

  • Companies will need to perform well on all fronts in the tough post-pandemic environment.
  • Investors need to watch select environmental, social and governance factors closely – mistakes and bad practices could have serious consequences.
  • Companies are at very different stages of understanding how their products, services and operations impact society and the environment.
  • To build a resilient UK equity portfolio, we advocate a focus on quality businesses that are high-achievers on all three pillars of sustainability: internal, financial and impact.

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Geographic / Sector: Investments may be primarily concentrated in specific countries, geographical regions and/or industry sectors. This may mean that the resulting value may decrease whilst portfolios more broadly invested might grow. Currency exchange: Changes in the relative values of different currencies may adversely affect the value of investments and any related income. Equity investment: The value of equities (e.g. shares) and equity-related investments may vary according to company profits and future prospects as well as more general market factors. In the event of a company default (e.g. bankruptcy), the owners of their equity rank last in terms of any financial payment from that company. Concentrated portfolio: The portfolio invests in a relatively small number of individual holdings. This may mean wider fluctuations in value than more broadly invested portfolios.

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Authored by

Matt Evans

Portfolio Manager, Ninety One UK Sustainable Equity

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