While sustainability has risen up the corporate agenda at a rapid pace, and many treasurers have taken its practices onboard, there is still more work to be done on both sides of the balance sheet. Two senior executives, drawn from Barclays’ investment and corporate banking arms, explore the challenges and opportunities presented when establishing an ESG-centric treasury.
Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) has arrived in a big way in the treasury space but its influence across organisations is likely to become much stronger. There are two key reasons why this is so, says Susan Barron, Global Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Barclays Investment Bank.
Global Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Barclays Investment Bank
First, she explains, investors are keen to understand how ESG is being incorporated into a broad spectrum of day-to-day decision-making within a business. And second, finance professionals, and corporate treasurers in particular, have found a pressing need to grasp the broad impact of ESG so that they can position their organisation most effectively for financing and capital raising purposes.