Mark Burrows
Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking Credit Suisse

“The future is sustainable development… that’s going to be a 5 to 7 trillion-dollar investment space within 10 to 15 years. Every bank, every institutional investor, is now turning its attention to this space.”

Larry Fink
CEO BlackRock

“Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors relevant to a company’s business can provide essential insights into management effectiveness and thus a company’s long-term prospects. We look to see that a company is attuned to the key factors that contribute to long-term growth: sustainability of the business model and its operations, attention to external and environmental factors that could impact the company, and recognition of the company’s role as a member of the communities in which it operates.”

Paul Polman
CEO Unilever

“There is no business case in enduring poverty and climate change. The cost of inaction is enormous – currently at $10 trillion and growing every year. In contrast, there is growing evidence that companies with a focus on sustainable development perform better.”

Alan Joyce
CEO & MD Qantas Airways Limited

“Let’s be clear. A company’s first responsibility is to its shareholders and delivering sustainable returns on their investment. To do that, you’re automatically part of the community you operate in. Society is your customer base. And just because there is money changing hands doesn’t mean it is only ever an economic transaction. There’s an implicit social contract between companies and communities – just ask any brand that has ever been on the receiving end of a boycott.”