Sustainability Matters - ESG Themes for 2021

By Lindsay Patrick
Published January 26, 2021 | 1 min read

After a year of uncertainty and disrupted economies and communities around the globe, we look to 2021 optimistically. Driven by record flows in sustainable funds and sustainable debt issuance in 2020, 2021 will be the year we see the shift in ESG Leadership, driven by the corporate sector.

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In this edition of Sustainability Matters, RBC Capital Markets Sustainable Finance Group highlights the three themes for the year ahead.

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RBC Capital Markets’ Three ESG Themes for 2021


Companies Propelled into Action:

Global policy alignment and the expectation that the private sector play a role in addressing climate change and inequality will see a shift from investors driving the ESG agenda to the private sector leading the charge


The Rise of ESG Targets:

Ambitious, time-bound ESG targets will become the norm in 2021, helping fuel the demand and growth in sustainable finance products such as Sustainability-Linked Loans and Bonds


Sustainability Reporting Gets Rigorous:

Collaboration among sustainability standard setters will create standardization and rigor in ESG reporting, resulting in the continued growth and adoption of climate-risk reporting

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Lindsay Patrick

Lindsay Patrick
Head, Strategic Initiatives and ESG

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