ESG Investment Explained (Why ESG matters?)
- October 22, 2021
- Posted by: Kalina Ilarionova
- Category: Finances
Short for “Environmental, Social and Governance”, ESG refers to a company’s commitment to actively strive to contribute positively to these three issues.
“At its core, ESG investing is about influencing positive changes in society by being a better investor”, says Hank Smith, Head of Investment Strategy at The Haverford Trust Company.
ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Criteria
ESG investing aims to increase exposure to companies with a favourable ESG profile, while decreasing investments in companies with a lower ESG score. By doing so, the investment funds aim to influence positive change. Ensuring companies are actively combatting the ESG issues, while aiming to generate sustainable long-term returns for investors.
Environmental – issues relating to protecting the planet
This may include the company’s energy and water usage, waste management and pollution control. This factor can also be used to evaluate the company’s sustainability efforts throughout its supply chain, as well as plans and actions on climate change. For instance, companies in all sectors are expected to reduce their use of carbon reserves as well as their carbon emissions.
Social – issues that affect the fair treatment of people
This element focuses on a company’s demonstration of respect for human rights. This may include evaluation of the working conditions, including slavery and child labour risks throughout the supply chain. Other factors could be employees’ relations and diversity as well as health and safety. A social score could rise if a company is well integrated with its local community.
Governance – about the way companies are run
This includes corporate governance factors, such as Board composition and gender diversity. Also looks at a company’s codes of conducts, corruption and bribery exposure, as well as risks and supply chain management. Other examples of good corporate governance include financial and accounting transparency and appropriate executives’ compensation.
Responsible investment allows you to take a view on what companies your money is invested in. It lets you avoid companies whose activities you do not wish to support, while investing in those whose practices and values reflect yours.
By applying environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria to your investment decisions, you are influencing positive change. Driving companies to actively combat these issues. You are combining your desire to make a return on your investment with your concern and respect for wider social and environmental issues.
Responsible investment enables you to create a better future for yourself and the environment.
Want to know more – check Financial Times’ recent posts about ESG Investment here.
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