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Sustainable Investment in China 2009

Sustainable Investment in China 2009

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Published by IFC Sustainability
Over the past three decades, China has made remarkable strides in economic development, maintaining a GDP growth average of nine percent a year and lifting more than 400 million people out of poverty. China is determined to ensure the sustainability of its economic and social development as it enters the 21st century, which it envisions in terms of a "harmonious society." To this end, sustainable investment has an important role to play, not only as a means of risk mitigation for the financial system, but also as a powerful lever for influencing corporate behavior and helping to improve ESG performance. Although the potential of sustainable investment as a positive force for broader economic performance appears relatively underdeveloped, there are encouraging cases showing that a small number of market pioneers and innovators are exploring ways to integrate ESG factors into investment. These investors are inventing homegrown methodologies which align with material issues at the country level.
Over the past three decades, China has made remarkable strides in economic development, maintaining a GDP growth average of nine percent a year and lifting more than 400 million people out of poverty. China is determined to ensure the sustainability of its economic and social development as it enters the 21st century, which it envisions in terms of a "harmonious society." To this end, sustainable investment has an important role to play, not only as a means of risk mitigation for the financial system, but also as a powerful lever for influencing corporate behavior and helping to improve ESG performance. Although the potential of sustainable investment as a positive force for broader economic performance appears relatively underdeveloped, there are encouraging cases showing that a small number of market pioneers and innovators are exploring ways to integrate ESG factors into investment. These investors are inventing homegrown methodologies which align with material issues at the country level.

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Published by: IFC Sustainability on Jan 19, 2010
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Sustainable Investment in China 2009
September 1, 2009
 
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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 atalane@bsr.org.
DISCLAIMER
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.
ABOUT IFC
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: 
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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
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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.
 
 
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IFC is committed to continue its work in partnership with key market actors toimprove the enabling environment and address barriers to sustainableinvestment in emerging markets. In order to do this, IFC’s work is centered inthree areas: policies and standards, knowledge management and investmentvehicles. The Sustainable Investing team is part of IFC’s Environment and SocialDevelopment Department, and benefits from the generous financial support of IFC and the Governments of Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, SouthAfrica and Switzerland. For more information, please visit the SustainableInvesting website atwww.ifc.org/sustainableinvesting.
ABOUT BSR
A leader incorporate responsibility since 1992, BSR works with its globalnetwork of more than250 member companiesto develop sustainable businessstrategies and solutions throughconsulting,research, and cross-sector  collaboration. With six offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR uses itsexpertise in the environment, human rights, economic development, andgovernance and accountability to guide global companies toward creating a justand sustainable world. Visitwww.bsr.orgfor more information.

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