The above image shows everything we need to know of the unmet needs and the opportunity associated with it in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs).
- There are right now sustainable business models that could open economic opportunities worth up to US$12 trillion according to a 2017 report from the Business & Sustainable Development Commission for investors interested in realizing the UN SDGs
- JP Morgan estimates as of 2018, there is a $23 Trillion/year market globally for ESG investments
According to OECD, the total financial flows into developing countries reached $1.7 trillion in 2016. One can clearly see how significantly small the amounts are currently compared to what investment is needed to achieve the SDGs.
The ESG investment opportunities are estimates but what this shows is that there is a great chance for investors to alleviate poverty, mitigate climate change so as to create socially and environmentally impactful solutions. What’s not to like about that?