ESG is Not Enough

The missing piece to turn values into value

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As the global market for ESG Investing surged to $30.7 trillion, new factors are changing the way investors assess a business’ long-term sustainability.

Asset managers are embracing ESG, but is it enough? 

In this paper, we show that although it does not hurt historical returns, ESG-screened portfolios lead to very similar results in terms of risk, performance, and correlation to the broader market.

ESG seems not to be enough to make an investment strategy by itself. Rather, ESG appears to be a solid starting point to design a well-rounded investment approach aimed at combining performance and sustainability. So where is the missing piece to turn values into value?   

Inside:

  • 200 Years of Responsible Investing
  • What is ESG?
  • Sustainability, Performance, and Risk
  • Navigating the ESG Ocean
  • Putting ESG Data to Work
  • An Example: The S&P 500 ESG-Screened
  • Is ESG Enough?

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