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Whilst the concept itself is not new, Responsible Investment (‘RI’) is now one of the foremost issues on the corporate agenda. The 10 years since the financial crisis have given it an additional impetus which has ensured RI is now firmly embedded right at the heart of the debate on the role of business.
ESG investing key benefits
Investors aim to achieve positive impact through corporate engagement with an emphasis on community, sustainability and workplace diversity. Therefore, Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (‘ESG’) investing means different things to different people. However, a common thread is investors using a portion of their investments to provide future portfolio growth and to support issues, causes and practices that may lead to a better society.
Date added: 16-11-2018
An ESG investing approach where investors seek long-term competitive returns while simultaneously creating positive societal impact.
Until now, for the LGPS being a “socially responsible” investor meant avoiding investments in companies whose products or services were “unethical.” This includes companies that produced alcohol or tobacco, advocated gambling, manufactured weapons or burned fossil fuels and harmed the environment. Continuing with this trend, investment managers now proactively screen for a wide range of ESG factors for potential long-term advantages. With almost 80 percent of institutional investors incorporating ESG factors into their decision-making, “socially responsible” investors increasingly seek opportunities that contribute positively to society to generate sustainable and financial value. Given this spike in interest and demand, we hope this report assists LGPS officers about key ESG investing topics today.
Date added: 01-12-2017