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Private capital investors: Regulations to drive improved ESG disclosures in APAC

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Private capital investors in Asia-Pacific (APAC) are stepping up their ESG transparency efforts in response to tougher regulatory disclosure requirements, said a study.

According to latest Preqin report, APAC is still some way behind Europe and North America in reporting at the firm, portfolio, and asset levels. But major economies in the region - including Australia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea - are committed to net-zero targets and bringing in regulations to drive changes in behavior, though regimes remain fragmented.

This year is certainly a watershed for ESG investing in Asia-Pacific (APAC). Over the past two years, China, Japan, Korea, and Australia have set targets to achieve carbon neutrality between 2050 and 2060, while India aims to do so by 2070.

Accordingly, financial regulatory bodies in these key markets have mandated disclosures targeted at large, listed companies, as well as private capital funds, with many effective from 2022. Mandatory ESG disclosures lead to higher transparency, thus helping investors understand how portfolio companies and funds are incorporating ESG factors into investment strategies.

"Traditionally a laggard in ESG reporting, APAC markets are implementing mandatory ESG reporting for public and private markets between 2022 and 2025," the report noted.

Traditionally, private capital firms in APAC are known to lag the US and Europe in ESG disclosures. Preqin's E......................

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