CLSA delivers sustainability insights for investors incorporating ESG factors into their investment decisions.

Our Sustain Asia Research team delivers insights into core corporate governance, environmental, and social issues in Asia, providing global asset managers with necessary information required to integrate ESG into their investment mandates.  

CLSA Research analysts produce specialist ESG reports on sectors and markets. The dedicated Sustain Asia research team regularly publish thematic reports covering the region’s most significant developments. Since 2000, our CLSA proprietary system has graded all CLSA covered companies on corporate governance issues, and since 2014 on environment and social concerns. We review the factors influencing the allocated scores annually in partnership with the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).


CLSA’s alternative asset management and corporate finance businesses also consider ESG issues.

Alternative Investment Management

CLSA Capital Partners is committed to the thorough consideration of ESG factors in portfolio investments. As a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), our fund managers follow a proprietary set of internal Responsible Investing Guidelines. Capital Partners recognizes the impact careful consideration of ESG principals have when allocating funds aligned to positive social and environmental outcomes.

Environmental Management

Environmental awareness is also deeply entrenched in CLSA’s corporate culture.

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and we adhere to ISO14001 certification while employing a number of reduce, reuse, refuse initiatives.

ISO14001 Certification

CLSA was one of the first brokerage and investment group in Asia to achieve ISO14001 certification in 2007. Since then, other offices in the CLSA network have been certified; Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul and Singapore. We now have a group certification for these offices.

ISO14001 requires an established Environmental Management System (EMS) under which we monitor and reduce consumption of materials, energy and water and monitor indoor air quality and take action to reduce our carbon footprint.

As part of the CLSA EMS we have an established Environmental Policy that mandates compliance with the relevant laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which the company operates. The Policy requires conformance is monitored and certified by a third party.

Corporate Initiatives

CLSA is focused on reducing, reusing and refusing as part of our environmental policy.

Waste disposal – Wherever possible we segregate our waste and recycle newspapers, plastics and aluminium. These are collected from the office by authorised vendors who clean and separate the materials ready for recycling.

Plastics reduction – In most offices water filters have been installed to eliminate the use of plastic water dispensers. This is both healthier and reduces the potential waste of large plastic water bottles and the associated delivery costs. We are providing reusable plastic chopsticks and metal cutlery in the office pantry to avoid the use of disposable wooden and plastic cutlery.

Vendor Auditing – CLSA suppliers are asked to complete an annual questionnaire to determine their environmental activities. We ascertain if they have an established EMS, if they are ISO certified, if they recycle their waste products and if they document evidence of their environmental controls. This is conducted by all offices.

Community Initiatives

CLSA employees support numerous environmental initiatives each year through an active community engagement programme.

From beach clean ups and tree planting to recycling of electronics, clothing and books, staff participate in community initiatives to reduce our impact on the planet. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Earth Hour
  • World Earth Day
  • Tree planting
  • Beach clean ups
  • Urban Farming
  • Tree adoption
  • World Ocean Day
  • Reduce food waste