Cost of Capital Study 2021

Sustainability vs. Return – ESG as a key driver for long-term performance?

Sustainability vs. Return – ESG as a key driver for long-term performance?

Cost of Capital Study 2021

The 16th edition of the Cost of Capital Study follows the motto “Sustainability vs. Return – ESG as a key driver for long-term performance?”. Among others, it examines the influence of sustainability requirements on business models, corporate developments, and on long-term return expectations (cost of capital) based on sector specific analyses.

The response rate of companies again demonstrated the practical relevance of our annual Cost of Capital Study. In total, with 332 participating companies, the number of participants in the study increased compared to the prior year and attained, once again, a new record level.

This year's key topics include:

  • Key changes to ESG reporting
  • ESG impacts on valuations in the consumer markets sector
  • Making good decisions in the ESG environment


Download the study and receive more in-depth explanations and analyses on questions around capital costs, forecasting and value orientation. The download will also give you access to our interactive online data analysis that will allow you to pick the parameters relevant to your own company. Please use the corresponding link on page 3 of the study (PDF) to access the online analysis.

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