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Lauren Compere: Socially responsible companies are proving good investments in Asia

Governance standards and environmental diligence pay off in the long run

The Song electric vehicle made by Chinese automaker BYD

As Asia's leading economies were in the grip of the worst financial crisis in decades 20 years ago, investors elsewhere were taking the first steps to integrate environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions.

Interest in the stocks of markets such as China and India and in ESG have since boomed, with more than $70 trillion of assets now managed in line with the U.N.-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. It is time for investors in Asia to consider ESG principles and identify those companies robust enough to provide long-term growth opportunities.

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