Business Reaches a Turning Point – The New York Times

Once again, the business case for ESG/SDG: Over the course of a day of conversations with some of the top executives in the nation during last week’s conference — DealBook: Playing for the Long Term — a common refrain was heard, echoing the sentiments of Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the largest investor in…

Public Sentiment and the Price of Corporate Sustainability – Working Paper – Harvard Business School

Combining corporate sustainability performance scores based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data with big data measuring public sentiment about a company’s sustainability performance, I find that the valuation premium paid for companies with strong sustainability performance has increased over time and that the premium is increasing as a function of positive public sentiment momentum….

Morgan Stanley: The Business Case for Sustainable Investing

While the adoption of sustainable investing strategies are growing, there remains concern among many investors that incorporating environmental social and governance (ESG) criteria into your portfolio means accepting a lower rate of return.To move past that notion, it’s important to understand that the definition of sustainable investing has nothing to do with philanthropy, nor is…

US SIF: Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends Report

US SIF has published a new report on sustainable, responsible, and impact investing trends, noting a one-third increase: The demand for sustainable and impact investing is growing—investors now consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across $8.72 trillion of professionally managed assets, a 33 percent increase since 2014. Money managers and institutional investors are scrutinizing…

How GRC, Compliance and CSR Work Together – EQS Blog

GRC, Compliance, and CSR are all highly-relevant and valuable topics for companies today. Often, these terms are not always clear and the distinction between them may not be easy to understand.How Are GRC and Compliance Related?GRC stands for “Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance“, a generic term encompassing various leadership functions within a company.Governance speaks to…

Main Street Investors and Its Affiliate Keep Trying, Keep #Failing

Two recent articles from the Main Street Investors Coalition and its affiliate, The American Council for Capital Formation, and our responses: The affiliate of the corporate-funded, lobbyist-led, climate change-denying, fake front group for corporate CEOs, the Main Street Investors Coalition, is run by the same director, funded by the same corporations, and has a similarly…

More Corp-splaining and Denial on ESG/SDG

Sean Di Somma, who has been commenting on my critiques of the fake, industry-funded front group Main Street Investor Coalition (hint: they are not from Main Street and they don’t have any investors representatives on their board), now is endorsing their agenda by complaining about ESG regulation and proxy advisors. So-called “environmental, social, and governance”…

Does Sustainable Investing Lead to Lower Returns? – Barron’s

Here’s what ESG integration is really about: From an investor’s standpoint, a sustainable company is one positioned for long-term success, one whose management understands and addresses short-term risks and innovates to exploit long-term opportunities. ESG data are a means that can enable an investor to understand a company’s strategy, corporate purpose, and management quality, at…

Asset Owners Increasingly Rely on Sustainability Indicators

Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Signals report finds that asset managers are increasingly relying on sustainability indicators. The survey polled 118 public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth entities, insurance companies and other large asset owners worldwide and gathered insights about trends, motivations, challenges and implementation approaches in sustainable investing. By rounding out the sustainable investing…