The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of normal life, with enormous health, economic and social costs. It has also brought home the urgency of a decisive shift to sustainability.
Generation Investment Management LLP recently launched their Sustainability Trends Report 2020. In it they show that in the wake of the pandemic, many long-term trends are accelerating and some new ones are emerging. They track the implications of these new dynamics for action on the climate and inequality and highlight the vital role of partnerships in raising ambition on sustainability, building on the experience of collective responses to COVID-19.
Companies have a critical role to play in building back better. The report highlights many of the exciting innovations in the world of sustainability and examines how the world of business is contributing to the recovery and to building an inclusive, sustainable economy. It also underscores why a change in investor ethos is necessary to find a sustainable pathway out of this crisis.
The report is organised under six chapters: Health; Energy; Buildings & Mobility; Economy & Finance; Consumer; and Trade & Travel. Before this, we take a brief look at the broader State of Sustainability.