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ESG Investments in East and Southeast Asia
(For an edited book and Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management special issue)

Editors:Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary (Tokai University, Japan) ,Dr. Troy Sternberg(University of Oxford, UK)

Conference date and location: Authors of the selected paper will be invited to present their papers at the conference titled: “ESG investments in East and Southeast Asia,” to be jointly organized by Tokai University, the University of Kitakyushu, the University of Oxford, and World Scientific (publisher) at The University of Kitakyushu, in Kitakyushu, Japan on May 12, 2023. The conference will be in hybrid mode.

Conference co-chairs: Prof. Satoshi Honma (Tokai University, Japan); Prof. Yoshiaki Ushifusa (The University of Kitakyushu, Japan); Assoc. Prof. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary (Tokai University, Japan); Dr. Troy Sternberg (University of Oxford, UK).

Outline: To build a sustainable global economy, companies and investors must pay attention to ecological and social criteria as well as economic factors. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards enable investors to determine if a company contributes to creating a sustainable economy. Traditionally investors focused on rate of return and project risk to make investment decisions. However, with the introduction of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and adoption of ESG goals, many institutional investors, especially in developed countries, now consider three factors: rate of return, risk, and ESG goals for investment allocations. The lack of a clear ESG definition and measurement indicators distorts investments. Variable growth of ESG sectors creates unbalanced growth and further problems.
In East and South East Asia and particularly in developing countries, the public sector cannot fill the vast ESG investment gap. The private sector’s limited ESG interest is due to their low return rate, especially for long-term projects. This means an active financial sector is needed to meet ESG goals. Policymakers must look for solutions to incentivize ESG projects and accelerate private investments.

More information is on the call for papers section on the PDF file.