Consumers are increasingly focusing on sustainability when making purchasing decisions, according to research by the Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern. Their analysis shows that 50% of the growth in sales of consumer packaged goods in the last five years came from purchases of products marketed as 'sustainable'.
A recent study by CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, reveals that some of the largest companies in the world expect climate change to pose a trillion dollar financial burden to their businesses. And, many of those effects are expected to be felt within the next five years.
The impact of ESG ratings on companies' cost of capital is on the rise. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, $32 Billion in loans are now tied to ESG ratings. That's up from $3 Billion just two years ago. However, the data is still controversial and inconsistent, as the ratings don't necessarily reflect actual performance on ESG metrics.