Sustainable Portfolio Management Report - 2022

22 April 2022

Welcome to our Sustainable Portfolio Management Annual Report 2022.

Sustainability challenges are increasingly capturing the world’s attention, as the COVID-19 pandemic, deepening climate crisis, and more recently, geopolitical conflict, highlight new vulnerabilities and a mounting sense of urgency to address them.

The global appetite for sustainable investing is growing at a phenomenal pace. Bloomberg has estimated that ESG assets may hit USD $53 trillion by 2025, representing a third of the global AUM1.

Without doubt, private capital can play a critical role in tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. But sustainable investing is not just a ‘nice to have’, it also makes economic and financial sense.

In this year’s report, we focus on some of the exciting new technologies that could meaningfully improve sustainability outcomes, from precision manufacturing and measurement, to genomic sequencing, to digital infrastructure. And we’re delighted to feature an article from Sir David King on the strategies urgently needed to ensure climate repair.

You can also find out some of the diverse impacts our investee companies are having, and how we’re positioning our sustainable portfolios for the transition to a net-zero economy.

I hope you enjoy reading the report, and I’d like to thank all clients who have invested with us.

Jean-Christophe Gerard, CEO, Barclays Private Bank

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