ESG and Sustainability

The rise of ESG factors in investment decision making will have a dramatic impact on returns and opportunities in the 21st century. A recent survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer showed that 57% of respondents believe that incorporating ESG standards into investment decisions will raise returns. Just 9% argued they reduce returns on investment.

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ESG: By No Means A Passing Fad; It’s a Mega-Trend

Investors are cracking the whip to ensure that their demands for ESG (environment-social-governance) options are met. Money is flowing to ESG-focused ETFs and mutual funds, while hedge funds that are slow on the uptake are being cold-shouldered. BlackRock CEO last month told investee company CEOs that “we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance,” with reference to climate change and climate risk. He further warned that BlackRock will be disposed to vote against non-compliant management and board directors. Clearly, the tide has turned decisively in favor of ESG investing.

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Green Mountain Power announced that its pension fund will completely divest from fossil fuel companies. Last week, the company’s leadership finalized the reallocation of roughly $13.5 million of its $180…

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