Category: ESG

ESG

ESG is not an investment strategy

We keep seeing articles fingering ESG for the sub-benchmark performance of some socially responsible investment (SRI)-themed funds. That’s like cursing the hammer for your sore thumb when you’re the one swinging it. That the terms ESG and SRI have become so popularly confused is not just unfortunate; it is wrong, and this mistake can be

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Sustainable activism

Shareholder engagement can be a powerful force in steering a company toward better practices, but it can also backfire. A recent Harvard Business School paper examined 2,665 cases of shareholder proposals, finding that 58% of these engagements focused on immaterial issues — with materiality determined using ESG standards from the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB). According

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Does ESG have an image problem?

In a recent article, the editors at Chief Investment Officer demonstrate some of the common misperceptions surrounding the use of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data when investing, from characterizing it as for tree-huggers to dismissing it as former Editor-in-Chief Kip McDaniel does, saying, “I just don’t believe asset owners can save the world.” If even

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Five steps to become an E-S-Genius

Lots of recent articles talk about the benefits of using ESG data to invest. But what does that mean in a practical sense? How does ESG help make better investment decisions? Whether your aim is sustainable investing or increased returns (or the sweet, sweet overlap of both), here are five resources to get you started.

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Should we divest?

What’s the best strategy for creating positive impact? Institutions with a mandate to consider the environment struggle with controversy over whether to keep or sell investments in fossil fuels. Recently, University of Toronto President Meric S. Gertler took a stand, saying blanket divestment isn’t sustainable. Find out how the U of T will satisfy fiduciary responsibility

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How do you use ESG to invest wisely?

Check out the Fiduciary Talk podcast for an interview with OWL ESG cofounder Ben Webster, speaking with fi360’s Blaine Aiken about how ESG can improve investment decisions. Investors at all levels have become more interested in responsible investment practices, but sorting out what that means can be a real chore — even when you’re the one

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We work with all types of investment firms, corporations and fintech platforms around the world. Find out how OWL can meet your need for ESG data and analytics today.