“Unprecedented, disruptive, game-changing” – these are commonly heard words describing the COVID-19 pandemic and the shock it is creating for businesses, economies, and governments, testing the fabric of our society and culture. Undoubtedly, this may mean significant changes for the world and the way we do business and interact with each other for the foreseeable future.
The silver lining is that the effects of this disruption should accelerate the analysis of potential future system shocks, differentiating companies that build resiliency across their entire value chain and those that do not. Responsible investing (RI) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis has been evaluating and evolving systems approaches and studying resilience for some time. The value of ESG analysis is becoming increasingly clear.