Sustaining Returns

May 1, 2012

Sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important to investors, and LatAm is no exception. The buyside gives the region’s companies high marks.

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.

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 it examined....

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