June 9, 2021—M&T/Wilmington Trust has a proud history of valuing diversity and being active supporters of the LGBTQ community. However, sustainable investing is distinct from our organization’s philanthropic efforts as we are not looking to give up returns in exchange for supporting causes that align with our values. Rather, we see diversity (in all its forms) as a material financial factor for analysis.
What began decades ago as a fringe notion of investing to make the world a better place has soared in popularity in recent years. To understand what’s meant by sustainable investing and the efforts to align one’s principles with their investment principal and financial goals, we turned to Steve Norcini, head of sustainable investing for Wilmington Trust, and manager of its ESG Equity Strategy.
Emerging from 2020 & looking forward to 2021.2020 saw a high volume of activity in the renewable energy sector, as well as a meaningful uptick in the number of private placements being done.Renewables can be expected to drive the project finance market again in 2021, especially with tax credits now extended. There remains a strong interest in investing that encompasses ESG principles (Environmental, Social and Governance).