Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a Lebanese company’s operations that Cedar Oxygen, as a socially conscious investor, is using to screen potential borrowers.
ESG’s growing prevalence among alternative finance firms, both as a factor in investment and lending decision-making, but also as a tool for risk mitigation and as part of a strategy for generating superior long-term returns, is relatively new.
Today, there is a growing recognition among alternative investment and credit funds that the long-term viability of their portfolio companies is very much tied to the welfare of their stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, customers and the communities in which they conduct business.
Sustainability has been one of the most significant trends in financial markets for decades. Financial performance is one area that’s received significant if not the most, interest in research on ESG issues.
According to the report on how “sustainability can drive financial performance2”:
This report analyzed around 200 studies and sources on sustainability. They suggested that:
Given the critical political, financial, social and health situation in Lebanon, ESG is more important now than ever. Stakeholders need to survive, and these stakeholders are represented in ESG. Through sustainability, Lebanese industries will be more resilient to changes and to crisis.
An ESG compliant mission rests at the heart of Cedar Oxygen finance program defined as a segment of impact investing that seeks to improve the lives of low-income people across Lebanon and to fill in capital gaps required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
For more assistance on how you can adapt ESG to your business do not hesitate to contact us and we would be happy to assist you. العاب قمار مجانا Let’s build together a better tomorrow for Lebanon.
1Henisz W; Koller T; Nuttall R (2019). Five ways that ESG creates value. استراتيجية لعبة روليت McKinsey Quarterly
2“From the Stockholder to the Stakeholder: How Sustainability Can Drive Financial Outperformance,” University of Oxford, Arabesque Partners, March 2015.