The mounting pressure from the pandemic marked a turning point in attitudes, policies and practices related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies, prompting investors to factor them into their investment decisions.

According to Kasturi Nathan, Head of Governance & Sustainability of KPMG Malaysia, many policymakers and investors are viewing the public health crisis as a wake-up call.

"Against this backdrop, investors are choosing to invest in companies, organisations and funds with the purpose of generating measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return."In other words, people are becoming more focused on future-proofing their investments," says Kasturi.

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