australiaen
Sustainable Investing Glossary

Materiality

The relevance of a sustainability factor to a company’s financial performance.

Financially material ESG factors are factors that could have a significant impact – both positive and negative – on a company’s business model and value drivers, such as revenue growth, margins, required capital and risk. The material factors differ from one sector to another. Examples of factors that can be material are supply chain management, environmental policy, worker health and safety, and corporate governance. 

For sustainability to translate into financial performance, it must have an impact on either the amount of cash flow generated by the company, or the cost of external financing to the company (the weighted average cost of capital).

Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Sustainable investing
SI Opener: The fund manager 2.0 needs to know more than maximizing alpha
SI Opener: The fund manager 2.0 needs to know more than maximizing alpha
To be successful in the changing asset management environment, fund managers need to continuously reinvent themselves.
22-04-2021 | SI Opener
Challenge: Joining all forces to combat climate change
Challenge: Joining all forces to combat climate change
Finding common ground on how to act collectively is one of the biggest obstacles in tackling climate change.
22-04-2021 | Insight
China: charting the course to carbon neutrality
China: charting the course to carbon neutrality
China’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2060 has left many observers both excited and perplexed.
20-04-2021 | Insight