We completely agree Peter. Investors can play a number of roles. There is a place for hands on investors to roll up their sleeves to help willing companies to improve their environmental and social performance, even if from an initially low base. There is also a place for large investors who do not want to "get their hands dirty" to screen out the worst performing companies to send a signal to the market that bad E&S performance makes it harder to attract capital.
Peter McAllister said:
It's vital that investors send the right signal to companies - that they recognise its in their long term economic interests for returns on investment.
The 'how' part lies around demanding a level of accountability & transparency - asking how their businesses are contributing to the SDGs.