The impact of ESG on small business financing and investment

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) considerations are becoming increasingly important in the world of small business financing and investment. Here are some ways in which ESG can impact small business financing and investment:


Investor Preferences

Investors, including institutional investors and individuals, are increasingly considering ESG factors when making investment decisions. Small businesses that can demonstrate strong ESG performance may attract a larger pool of investors who prioritise sustainability and ethical practices.

Access to Capital

Financial institutions, venture capital firms, and private equity investors are also incorporating ESG criteria into their investment strategies. By considering ESG factors, investors aim to identify businesses that are better equipped to navigate future challenges related to environmental changes, social issues, and corporate governance failures.

Lower Cost of Capital

There is a continued knock on effect, as companies that perform well in ESG-related areas may benefit from lower borrowing costs. Lenders and investors are seeing the advantages and may offer more favourable terms to businesses that are perceived to have better risk management practices and higher sustainability standards.


Governments and regulatory bodies in various countries are also encouraging ESG initiatives through incentives and policy measures. Small businesses that adopt sustainable practices could be eligible for grants, tax benefits, or other support, making financing and investment more attractive.

Reputation and Customer Base

It won’t be a surprise that companies that focus on ESG factors tend to build stronger brand reputations. Consumers increasingly prefer to support businesses that are environmentally conscious and socially responsible. A positive reputation can attract more customers and potentially lead to increased sales and growth for your growing business.

Risk Management and Resilience

Integrating ESG considerations can help small businesses identify and manage risks more effectively. For example, businesses that focus on reducing their environmental impact may be better prepared to cope with changing environmental regulations or resource availability.

Competitive Advantage

Embracing ESG principles can give small businesses a competitive edge in their industries. By differentiating themselves as socially and environmentally responsible, they can attract customers and partners who value such commitments.


ESG awareness and understanding grow, the significance of these factors in investment decisions is likely to increase further. You can depend on Artisan Accounts to keep you up to date with the latest updates and key growth areas.  For further information read our other blogs, such as How to incorporate ESG principles into your small business strategy

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