COVID-19 Puts Focus on Social Responsibility in Asia Pacific

Source: Jakarta Post

The coronavirus pandemic has magnified and exposed social imbalances in the region – underscoring the importance of financial inclusion as well as environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). Companies focused on addressing shortcomings in these societal aspects may communicate their interests to socially responsible investors.

While the health-, economic- and social crisis is creating untold strain on governments, businesses and individuals, it is also placing greater scrutiny on the social impact of corporate activity – on issues like financial inclusion, gender equality and labor management – under the watchful eyes of the general public, policymakers and, just as significantly, the growing ranks of ESG and socially responsible investors.