Our entire planet faces sustainability challenges. In Asia, despite astonishing progress in the past half-century, problems of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation, and weaknesses in healthcare, schooling and infrastructure are still prominent.
Devising solutions to these problems presents a financial opportunity, and Asian people have shown a growing interest in sustainable investing—earning compelling returns through investments that are aligned with sustainable causes.
Our latest UBS Investor Watch survey of millionaires globally revealed that many Asian investors, particularly those in China, already have sustainable investments in their portfolios.
Even among investors who have not yet adopted this strategy, 85 per cent of Hong Kong and Singapore millionaires say they’re interested. That said, there are still barriers, as investors in the region worry that the practice is not established enough, and whether these investments can make a measurable impact.