Responsible Investment

ESG Viewpoint – sustainable banking in Thailand and Malaysia

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

Nina Roth

Director, Analyst, Responsible Investment

Subscribe to our Insights

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.

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.

Related Capability

Responsible Investment

Related articles
No posts matching your criteria
20 min listen

Achieving sustainability in the food production system

David Sneyd is joined by Jo Raven from the FAIRR Initiative to discuss the progress that is already underway to create a more sustainable food production system, including the rise of alternative, plant-based proteins in the food supply chain.

4 min read

Responsible Equity Investing – can it pay to play nice?

Nick Henderson explores the growing demand for financial decisions to reflect ESG considerations.

5 min read

Active ESG investing in emerging markets

Emerging markets are often seen as exotic, niche, risky parts of the market. While it’s certainly true that they are often more volatile versus their developed market peers; it’s also true that they offer potentially huge opportunities for long-term investors.

2 min read

ESG in fixed income

Why and how we integrate ESG factors intro corporate fixed income investing.

ESG Video: Energy transition in Developing Asia

Watch our video on engaging energy companies in Asia to align their emissions profiles to the Paris Agreement goals.

3 min read

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Our results from the 2019 UN PRI Reporting Framework assessment.

VIEW MORE