Environmental, Social, and Governance Criteria: Why Investors are Paying Attention
27 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2017 Last revised: 2 Apr 2021
Date Written: November 2017
We find that money managers could reduce portfolio risk by incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria into their investment process. ESG-related issues can cause sudden regulatory changes and shifts in consumer tastes, resulting in large asset price swings which leave investors limited time to react. By incorporating ESG criteria in their investment strategy, money managers can tilt their holdings towards firms which are well prepared to deal with these changes, thereby managing exposure to these rare but potentially large risks.
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