Responsible Investment

ESG Viewpoint – sustainable banking in Thailand and Malaysia

We travelled to Thailand and Malaysia to engage on sustainable banking.
Juin 2019

Nina Roth

Director, Analyst, Responsible Investment

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One of BMO’s engagement priorities for 2019 is to broaden our environmental and social engagement to encompass banks’ lending practices. This year, we are focusing on banks in the ASEAN region, which are exposed to a range of risks associated with industries including coal power and palm oil.

We recently travelled to Bangkok to give the investor perspective on sustainable banking standards at a Bank of Thailand conference on sustainable finance. We also met one-to-one with several banks and engaged a small set of corporations in both Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

In this article, we discuss the level of awareness around sustainable banking in both Thailand and Malaysia, as well as the key takeaways from the conference.

Risk Disclaimer

The value of investments and any income derived from them can go down as well as up as a result of market or currency movements and investors may not get back the original amount invested.

Views and opinions have been arrived at by BMO Global Asset Management and should not be considered to be a recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell any companies that may be mentioned.

The information, opinions, estimates or forecasts contained in this document were obtained from sources reasonably believed to be reliable and are subject to change at any time.

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