BSR | Sustainable Investment in China 20092
About this Report
Sustainable Investment in China 2009 is the third in a series of reports whichinvestigates and provides recommendations for the development of sustainableinvestment (SI) in emerging economies. This report, which focuses on the SImarket in China, has been commissioned by the International FinanceCorporation (IFC) and prepared by BSR. The first two reports in the seriescovered Brazil and India, and were prepared by TERI-Europe. As with theprevious reports, this report focuses on “sustainable investment,” defined asdomestic and foreign investment in the country’s publicly listed companies usingstrategies that take environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues intoconsideration. The report also briefly covers sustainable investment by privateequity investors.The report is based on literature review as well as interviews with individuals.The authors would like to thank the interviewees for their review of this report for accuracy. Any errors that remain are those of the authors.Please direct comments or questions to Adam Lane firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSR maintains a policy of not acting as a representative of its membership, nor does it endorse specific policies or standards. The views expressed in thispublication are those of its authors and do not reflect those of BSR members.In addition, investment products and organizations referenced in this report arefor illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice.Investors should perform their own due diligence on any potential investments.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people toescape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic growthin developing countries by supporting private sector development, mobilizingprivate capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businessesand governments. Our new investments totalled US$16.2 billion in fiscal 2008, a34 percent increase over the previous year. For more information, visitwww.ifc.org.
IFC’s Sustainable Investing Team
. For the past four years, IFC's SustainableInvesting team has delivered technical and financial support for projects that aimto mobilize sustainable capital flows into emerging markets. The goal is toincrease the volume of mainstream investment that uses ESG analysis as astandard practice in their investment decision.IFC’s approach is twofold:
To catalyze capital market flows into sustainable investment, IFC works to (a)promote the business case for sustainable investment by drawing lessonsfrom IFC’s own portfolio, (b) establish frameworks to identify and assess newsustainable investment opportunities, and (c) develop new financial products(e.g. Sustainability indices); and
To support fund managers investing in sustainable companies, IFC works (a)with private equity funds in IFC’s portfolio to assist them to establish ESGanalytical processes, and (b) with capital market actors to improve theenabling environment for the market to recognize and value sustainability incorporate valuation.