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“Prior to COVID-19, stakeholder capitalism was already gaining traction with a new generation of investors seeking to reward companies that focus on long-term objectives rather than myopic ones looking only at short-term profit. Today, environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations take centre stage as investors seek business resiliency during these uncertain times. Locally, regulatory bodies have sought to integrate ESG considerations into the corporate consciousness through sustainability reporting requirements and incentives. The growing emphasis on ESG issues can also be seen in initiatives by the Singapore Exchange to create accessible ESG-focused products and solutions for listed companies, and the Corporate Governance Advisory Committee opining that listed companies ought to contextualise the information and substance of their sustainability reports in order to provide more meaningful reports.”
– Yang Eu Jin, Partner and Co-Head of RHTLaw Asia’s Corporate and Capital Markets Practice and Head of the Education Industry GroupTo learn more about our newly launched Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Practice, click here.