9th August 2023
Responsible asset selection
SUPPORTING RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES AND CONTRIBUTING TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is a strategy that focuses on companies that prioritise environmental, social and governance factors in their operations. Investing in these businesses aims to support responsible practices and contribute to a sustainable future.
By focusing on companies with high ESG scores, investors can support sustainable and ethical businesses while enjoying the potential for superior financial performance.
HERE’S A BREAKDOWN OF THE THREE ESG CRITERIA:
Environmental: This criterion evaluates a company’s impact on the environment. Factors such as energy use, sustainability policies, carbon emissions and resource conservation are considered when assessing a company’s environmental performance. Companies with strong environmental practices often have lower environmental risks and demonstrate a commitment to reducing their ecological footprint.
Social: The social aspect of ESG investing examines how a company treats its employees and interacts with the communities in which it operates. Businesses prioritising employee welfare, workplace safety and community engagement are more likely to have a positive social impact and maintain a good reputation. Supporting companies with strong social values can promote fair labour practices and foster a more inclusive society.
Governance: Governance factors relate to a company’s leadership, management and overall corporate structure. Key considerations include executive compensation, audit processes, internal controls, board independence, shareholder rights and transparency. Companies with robust governance structures are more likely to be accountable, trustworthy and better prepared to manage potential risks.
By considering ESG factors in investment decisions, investors can support companies that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, ethical practices and strong governance. This approach aligns investments with personal values and can lead to long-term financial benefits, as ESG-focused companies are often better equipped to navigate evolving regulations, mitigate risks and capitalise on emerging opportunities.
FOCUSED ON SUSTAINABILITY, ETHICAL PRACTICES AND STRONG GOVERNANCE
ESG factors are increasingly essential for investors when evaluating companies and making investment decisions. Investing in high-scoring ESG companies allows for responsible and ethical investments without sacrificing returns. Numerous studies have shown that companies with strong ESG performance tend to outperform their counterparts with lower ESG standards.
High ESG scores indicate that a company is focused on sustainability, ethical practices and strong governance, which can lead to long term success and reduced risk exposure. These companies are more likely to be resilient in market fluctuations and other challenges.
On the other hand, businesses with low ESG standards have often faced consequences like declining share prices and reputational damage. Examples of such companies include those causing significant environmental harm, engaging in unethical practices or attempting to cheat regulatory systems. These events can lead to financial losses for investors who hold shares in these companies.
CHALLENGES OF ESG INVESTING: GREENWASHING AND SUBJECTIVITY
ESG investing has gained significant traction recently as investors increasingly seek to align their portfolios with ethical values. However, the varying interpretations of ESG categories and the rise of ‘greenwashing’ can make it challenging for investors with specific ethical requirements to navigate this space…
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