OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2020

Sustainable and Resilient Finance

The OECD Business and Finance Outlook is an annual publication that presents unique data and analysis on the trends, both positive and negative, that are shaping tomorrow’s world of business, finance and investment. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an urgent need to consider resilience in finance, both in the financial system itself and in the role played by capital and investors in making economic and social systems more dynamic and able to withstand external shocks. Using analysis from a wide range of perspectives, this year’s edition focuses on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors that are rapidly becoming a part of mainstream finance. It evaluates current ESG practices, and identifies priorities and actions to better align investments with sustainable, long-term value – in particular, the need for more consistent, comparable and available data on ESG performance.

Published on September 29, 2020

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing
Making sense of the environmental pillar in ESG investing
Corporate governance and the management of ESG risks
Integrating ESG factors in the investment decision-making process of institutional investors
Promoting responsible lending in the banking sector: The next frontier for sustainable finance
State-owned enterprises, sustainable finance and resilience
ESG and institutional investment in infrastructure
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