There are individual and collective dimensions to resilience. We should reflect on how prepared we were, with what reserves, when the disaster of COVID-19 struck. The Stockholm Resilience Centre defines resilience as “the capacity of a system, be it an individual, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It is about how humans and nature can use shocks and disturbances like a financial crisis or climate change to spur renewal and innovative thinking.”
Blackrock manages more assets than any other investment manager delivering long-term value for the clients and shareholders. Their latest report, ‘Sustainable investing: Resilience amid uncertainty‘ reaffirms their view that: “Combining traditional investing with environmental, social, and governance-related (ESG) insights to improve[s] long-term outcomes. Companies with strong profiles on material sustainability issues have the potential to outperform those with poor profiles. In particular, companies managed with a focus on sustainability should be better positioned versus their less sustainable peers to weather adverse conditions while still benefiting from positive market environments.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of resilience.