Investing in companies that have favorable ratings on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues has become increasingly popular. But investors might do better targeting companies with poor ESG ratings and a clear commitment to mend their ways.
European companies often see engaged equity investors as the enemy. But there’s a new breed of activist investors who aren’t aggressive and share the same long-term interests as management. Let’s work together toward the best outcome for all stakeholders.
US stocks have boomed for nine years, supported by one of the longest economic expansions in the postwar period. Can this growth be sustained? Much depends on how the challenges of environmental and social sustainability are addressed.
Tackling global poverty requires more than just charity. Investors can contribute to the effort—and find good sources of return potential—by focusing on companies that behave ethically or provide solutions to key poverty-related challenges.
What impact will the US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord have on environmentally focused investing? We think not much. The momentum behind green innovation looks all but unstoppable, galvanized by powerful economics.
Responsible investing means different things to different people. There are pros and cons to each method of incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into investment portfolios.
Equity investors are increasingly thinking about how their decisions affect society. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a good road map for identifying investments that can make an impact—and generate profits as well.
For years, many investors assumed that choosing environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing came with a cost—a performance shortfall. Based on our recent survey, that picture has changed.
With environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns becoming more pervasive among investors, Europe has taken an early lead in ESG adoption. But North America may not be far behind.
ESG investing may not be common in North America right now, but based on our recent survey of institutional asset allocators, it may be on the verge of joining the mainstream.
A contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is a painful reminder of why America’s aging water infrastructure needs an update. Green bonds may provide a cost-effective way for governments to act and an opportunity for environmentally conscious investors.
The United Nations climate accord signed in Paris last December committed 195 countries to the first universal agreement to dramatically rein in greenhouse gases. We think it’s reckoning time for investors.
As Earth Day celebrations shift into high gear this week, it’s a good time for investors to think about the environment too. Start by mapping out the trade-offs of different approaches to responsible investing.