With the global economy brought to its knees last year, the pandemic focused the world’s attention on the rallying cries of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing: inclusive economies; healthy communities; safe and equitable workplaces; resilient supply chains; and clean, alternative energy.

While most remain ideals for now, Pimco believes there is enough global capital to support a more sustainable global economy. “To effect meaningful change, however, we need greater alignment among bond issuers, asset owners, and asset managers; all need to focus on achieving healthy and inclusive global growth,” notes Pimco in its 2021 ESG Investing Report.

Sustainable bonds, in particular, are the foundation of a sustainable recovery, writes Pimco, one of the world’s largest asset managers with more than US$2.2 trillion ($2.9 trillion) under management as at the end of 2020. The global sustainable debt market grew 29% y-o-y to a record US$732 billion last year, helped by an explosion of bond issuance for social projects amid fallout from the pandemic, reports Bloomberg.

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