Covid-19 has sparked an unprecedented social and economic crisis and clearly slowed progress on the SDGs as well, but the response represents an opportunity to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy. The coronavirus crisis hits us at a time when we have about a decade left to reach a low-carbon transition and when we need to avoid warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius at all costs. Climate change requires policymakers and business leaders to understand the physical, socio-economic and financial risks and impacts of climate change and to examine all business decisions and solutions aimed at sustainable change with a focus on avoiding or reducing these risks. Sustainability is no longer a “nice to have” but has become a “need to have”.
The 4th Sustainable Investor Summit will shed light on all relevant topics in all major asset classes, the drivers of change and megatrends such as innovation, transport and energy transition, investments in biodiversity and, finally, technical and political drivers such as data collection or the evaluation of policies.