10 Jan '18, 10am

Evidence links ESG performance to better investments

When the concept of measuring companies by their environmental social and governance (ESG) performance first started to emerge in financial circles over a decade ago, such factors were widely ignored by mainstream investors. Back then, the pervading view in the financial sector tended to paint ESG as merely philanthropic or ethical window dressing, and certainly not a serious framework for delivering big business returns or better understanding portfolio risk. Fast forward 10 years and while some detractors remain, the evidence showing that ESG performance can be correlated with financial performance never has been more compelling. A raft of ESG-based investment strategies has been launched by U.K. asset managers in the past year or two in response to increasing demand from consumers and pension scheme providers for transparency about what their money is helping to fund. M...

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