SINGAPORE (July 30): Market experts say that using environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles to make investment decisions is particularly sensible in this age. James Gifford, head of impact investing at UBS Global Wealth Management’s chief investment office, says there are some powerful secular trends that are driving the business case for sustainability. “Like smartphone penetration — that has meant there is this unprecedented transparency in supply chains. If you look at the proportion of, say, garment workers in Asia with smartphones, it’s probably the great majority now even in countries such as Bangladesh.

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