The corona crisis has had serious negative consequences for businesses and economic activity and it shows in Danske Bank’s new active ownership report for the first half of 2020. The report describes how social issues, such as “business model resilience” and “employee health and safety”, have risen to the top of the agenda of ESG topics that Danske Bank’s investment teams discuss with companies. Social aspects also comprise a greater share of the dialogues, accounting for 29 percent during the first six months of 2020 compared to 23 percent in 2019.
Active ownership: Corona crisis puts the spotlight on social factors
The health and safety of employees has been important during the corona crisis – and Danske Bank’s new active ownership report outlines how social factors, corporate social responsibility and a robust business model now have greater significance for companies.