Investors are increasingly demanding high standards of
corporate governance and risk management from portfolio
companies, and the LatAm-focused buyside is no exception.
Investors generally find they are spoiled in LatAm compared to
other parts of the world, though there are pockets where work
needs to be done.
Sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important to investors, and LatAm is no exception. The buyside gives the region’s companies high marks.
Globally, investors' are placing an increasing focus on
sustainable investments. In 2011, average support for
environmental and social shareholder resolutions topped 20%,
according to Institutional Shareholder Services, up from 18.1%
in the previous year. An increase in data and analytics makes
environmental social and governance data easier for
international managers to track from afar.
In 2011, the International Finance Corporation (IFC)
estimated that sustainable investment represents 15% of the
total investment stock in Brazil. While well behind the
European Union, this total was similar to the IFC's estimates
for the US and Canada, and ahead of most other emerging markets
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