Amidst the global surge in interest around ESG investing, asset owners with diversified, global portfolios must understand the specific ESG risks that may apply to investments in different regions and industries, as well as the variety of approaches to ESG risk mitigation across public and private markets.

Southeast Asia is a particularly attractive region for investment, in part due to its extraordinary growth potential in industries like fintech and e-commerce. At the same time, however, the region is difficult to assess and understand due to its rich diversity of economies, cultures, and natural environments. To help asset owners make better decisions about their investments in this dynamic environment, in a new article on we highlight a selection of ESG risks among the 10 nations that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Timor, and outline risk mitigation considerations for investments in both public and private markets.

ESG risks discussed in detail relate to the following topics:

  • Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Biodiversity;
  • Physical climate-related risks;
  • Human rights;
  • Labor standards;
  • Bribery and corruption; and
  • Board composition and capacities.

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