Ethics and Profits: ESG Investing Grows in Mainstream Markets

The debate in the investment sector between maximizing returns versus consideration of ethics has taken an historic turn—as in eliminating “versus” and inserting “and,” according to Global Capital. That’s the summary of a report by the UN's Principles for Responsible Investment, based on 50 interviews with investors, lawyers, and regulators. PRI, set up to promote a sustainable financial system, concludes that “ESG is not just consistent with fiduciary duty, but, because ESG issues are long term investment value drivers, failing to consider them is a failure of fiduciary duty.” As ESG factors are increasingly integrated into bottom line reporting, and studies show that sustainability leaders outperform, the global $100 trillion fixed income market is finding new and sustainable profits.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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