ESG nach Corona – wie verändert sich Umwelt, Gesellschaft und Politik?

ESG post coronavirus – What will change in the environmental, social and political spheres?

Sometimes there are signs that herald an imminent shock, but ultimately, every shock comes as a surprise. Coronavirus has been a global shock. Now, we are slowly coming to terms with what has happened.

At first glance and in the short term, almost everything has changed for many people. But what about the medium- and long-term outlook? Will coronavirus really have a lasting impact on society, the environment and politics?

We have decided to look ahead and play out potential future trajectories of relevant trends. Our analysis shows: The pandemic is accelerating trends that were already apparent long before the first coronavirus cases were reported. This applies as much to digitalisation as it does to changes in travel and transport habits. Nor were the trends toward deglobalisation and the revival of stronger nation states originally sparked by the virus.

But the pandemic and its indisputably tragic consequences detract attention from other problems: Climate change, social injustice and species extinction all remain key challenges. Coronavirus is having a mitigating effect on climate change as many people work from home and air travel has reduced to a minimum. What areas of the economy are most affected by coronavirus and how does this relate to sustainability?

You will find the answers below in our Twelve propositions on the topic of ESG post coronavirus: What will change in the environmental, social and political spheres?

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<p>Proposition 1: A historic crossroads<span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 1: A historic crossroads

Climate protection remains the most pressing political issue, but the coronavirus crisis is changing the parameters.

<p><span>Proposition 2: Deep divides</span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 2: Deep divides

Coronavirus exacerbates social inequality both within and between countries.

<p>Proposition 3: New appetite for solo action<span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 3: New appetite for solo action

The coronavirus crisis has increased the role of the state and strengthened the focus on action at the national level.

<p>Proposition 4: Prudent management <span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 4: Prudent management

Companies with good corporate governance are more resilient and will emerge stronger from the crisis.

<p>Proposition 5: A hard landing <span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 5: A hard landing

Coronavirus is hitting airlines just as hard as the financial crisis hit the banks. Only this time it’s better for the climate.

<p>Proposition 6: Health comes first <span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 6: Health comes first

Coronavirus is accelerating the digital transformation in the healthcare sector, but governments remain in control.

<p>Proposition 7: Staying in<span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 7: Staying in

After the pandemic, working from home will be part of the ‘new normal’ and present opportunities for climate protection.

<p>Proposition 8: Surfing safely <span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 8: Surfing safely

Coronavirus is accelerating digitalisation and increasing demand for data protection and data security.

<p><span>Proposition 9: Fast fashion is out</span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 9: Fast fashion is out

The coronavirus crisis is changing consumer behaviour and challenging global supply chains.

<p>Proposition 10: Slow going for petrol cars <span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 10: Slow going for petrol cars

Coronavirus is holding the automotive sector back, but the green transformation continues to gain momentum.

<p><span>Proposition 11: Rediscovering local gems </span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 11: Rediscovering local gems

The pandemic is changing travel behaviour.

<p><span>Proposition 12: Fresh momentum </span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></p><br/>

Proposition 12: Fresh momentum

After the crisis, sustainability will be even more relevant than before.