Businesses are constantly thinking how they can rebuild and adapt to a post pandemic world.

The key takeaways from a Refinitiv-hosted LinkedIn discussion featuring experts from across the business world was that there will be a shift to online shopping and working from home, while videoconferencing will grow in popularity.

The first-half of 2020 has seen record levels of investment in ESG. This focus on sustainability will be a key investment trend in the future. Meanwhile, alternative data will become an important tool in analyzing future investment trends, experts concurred.

Guillaume M, Vice President, Head of ESG & Investment Stewardship at American Century Investments, said: “Whether it’s automated driving in autos, smart grids in utilities, renewables in energy, digitalization in banking and retail, or robotics in industrials, most sectors of the economy are seeing paradigm shifts in the way business is conducted.”

Influences on the growth of self-sustaining virtual communities will include greater environmental awareness, which has led to a growing interest in green solutions, and an increased focus on health and wellness.

“The COVID-19 crisis is accelerating a few trends, which were already at work: the move to online, streamlined supply chains, and increased interest in locally-sourced and sustainable products that are respectful of biodiversity. The health crisis is also giving greater priority to concerns about hygiene and personal care," Christian Deseglise, Head of Sustainable Finance and Investments at HSBC said.

“In addition, and as we are rethinking the way we travel and work, we are likely to see renewed interest for cleaner forms of transportation and urban infrastructure,” he added.

To read the entire article on Refinitiv's LinkedIn discussion and data-driven insights, go here. 

(Writing by Seban Scaria ; editing by Daniel Luiz)

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