Michael Lewis, Head of Research ESG, DWS
ESG investing is held back by existing sustainability reporting frameworks which allow conflicts of interests to fester, greenwashing to pervade and stymies investors’ desire to put capital at work to address humanity’s sustainability challenges.
We show why existing reporting frameworks are therefore in need of an upgrade. This means reporting standards that are science-based, incorporate double materiality, and go beyond climate-related financial risks to broader sustainability issues.
We take a deep dive into the issue of water risk and how enhanced disclosure and reporting requirements are essential to fill the data gaps and enable investors to have a more complete picture of these risks within their investment portfolios, to engineer more effective engagement strategies with their investment companies and how to address water risk from a multi-asset class perspective.