Ryon Harms writes about the data rebutting anti-ESG claims.
Despite relentless attacks from anti-ESG operatives, companies and investors are expected to significantly grow commitments to sustainability and diversity. Here are 13 recent studies to share with clients and colleagues that demonstrate the power of ESG investments to drive positive returns and reduce risk.A baker’s dozen of shareable studies that make the case for ESG – ImpactAlpha
Some of the studies he cites:
- More than half of survey respondents said they were taking action on ESG because it’s crucial to boosting corporate profits as opposed to having a positive impact on society and reducing carbon emissions.
- 62% of respondents said they were acting on ESG at the behest of their clients, while about three-fifths said they were doing so primarily to protect their companies’ reputations.
- Nearly three-quarters of respondents said that their organizations plan to increase budgets for the next 12 months across four categories: energy evolution and efficiency, emissions reduction, pollution prevention and circularity/recycling. Nearly all (97%) are planning to increase the budget for at least one of the categories.
- Business leaders are satisfied with the results of their recent sustainability efforts, with around 90% reporting that they were “somewhat or extremely successful” with their prior 12-month goals across the four categories.
“Companies adopting ESG practices have wider strategic benefits. Moore Global researched 8 major economies, identifying opportunities that could be game-changing for businesses affected by Covid and other supply chain disruptions, energy crises and chronic staff shortages.”
“A study from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition reveals that an ambitious transition to green energy technologies could save trillions by decarbonizing the global energy system by 2050. The findings challenge long-held fears that transitioning to clean energy would be costly and damaging to the economy.”