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ESG Investing

September 06, 2020

The last few years increased activism has not been restricted to the political arena , investors have begun to express their views and preferences forcing corporation take these issues into account and incorporate them into the corporate strategies issues like climate change , income inequality , corporate responsibility and governance etc. In turn, the increased activism has given rise to a debate in the financial community as to whether focusing on these issues would lead to a more complete and better-informed investment decisions. Or whether implementing directives related to these issues have a negative impact on profitability and valuation. The large proportion of corporate securities held by fiduciary investors has forced corporations to pay increased attention to corporate governance to the increased shareholders concerns regarding the impact of corporations the environment and the planet as well as political considerations regarding social issues of interest to the shareholders , workers, and costumers of the different enterprises. Many people argue that investors have long considered assessment of issues such as reputational risk in their valuation analysis, yet they must concede that the analysis and considerations have not always on a systematic and rigorous way. As it becomes apparent that there are numerous political and economic special interest groups exerting political and economic pressures on corporate governance. These pressures have forced corporations to respond leading to the emergence of what has become known as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing. As a result, there has been a sustained interest in ESG issues in investing by groups such as civil society, policymakers, and, of course, news media.

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