Focused Thinking


As the world recovers from COVID-19, investors will not lose sight of Sustainability, the trend of ESG issues will become more central to investing and business decisions will accelerate; this is already occurring.


How Green is your ESG Fund?

Our analysis of popular ESG funds provides a toolkit to detect greenwashing and separate the most authentic green investments from the rest.

6 min read | November 2021


The ESG Revolution – Opportunities and Challenges for Companies and Investors

As corporates grapple with the growing need to reduce emissions and minimize the environmental impact of their products and services, the demand for sustainable infrastructure is rising.

3 min read | November 2021


COP26 Review

COP26 highlights: debate on ending coal use, US-China agreement, 1.5°C target

5 min read | November 2021


US Water Wars – How Climate Change is Driving Water Scarcity

Megadroughts in some US states could be a recurring phenomenon yet they offer a chance to revitalise a dated and inefficient water system.

7 min read | November 2021


COP26: What to Expect from the UN’s Climate Summit

Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, five sustainability experts across Nomura reflect on the issues that will be discussed to help the global economy reach net zero carbon emissions and keep the planet below 1.5°C

8 min read | October 2021


A Win for Nature: Rules to Tackle Biodiversity Loss Start to Emerge

The launch of a new taskforce to protect biodiversity, highlights human reliance on nature to the tune of $44 trillion, and promises to shift financial flows to limit the damage.

4 min read | October 2021

Japan in focus

A Sleeping Giant: The Rise of Japan’s GSS Bond Market

Green, social and sustainability bonds in Japan are seen as instrumental in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and addressing the nation’s social issues

5 min read | October 2021


How New ESG Transparency Rules Will Unleash the Next Green Wave

Regulators across the world are revamping ESG disclosure rules to reduce greenwashing and catch up with demand from investors struggling to decipher how green their investments truly are.

6 min read | October 2021


Making a Mark - The Emergence of Impact Finance

An unconventional branch of finance looks set to play a bigger role on the world stage amid a growing realisation that urgent action is required to meet climate targets.

5 min read | September 2021


AI for Stock Selection – the ESG Connection

We introduce a novel AI-based technique for rating company ESG quality. Our method employs a unique Natural Language Processing (NLP) approach to analyse earnings call transcripts, uncovering ESG-relevant narratives and extracting ESG signals we can use to guide stock selection.

4 min read | August 2021


The New ESG Playbook

EU Sustainable Finance Rules Start to Take Shape

3 min read | July 2021


ESG: Fad or Future?

As ESG investing gains momentum, we explore the factors that point toward this being more a genuine lasting shift than a short-lived fad

9 min read | July 2021

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