Assessing buy now pay later sector through an ESG lens

The fast-growing buy now pay later (BNPL) sector has attracted investor and consumer interest and has led many entrants to jump into the Australian market. Yet investors and financial counsellors are raising concerns about the structure of BNPL products, their impact on indebtedness and financial hardship and whether increasing regulation over BNPL products represents risk or opportunity for investors.

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