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Investment titan BlackRock has taken massive hits because of its use of ESG

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🗞️ Driving the news: BlackRock, a major financial institution, is under scrutiny and criticism for its perceived progressive stance, leading some conservative voices to blame it for higher gas prices and inflation, resulting in certain red-state governments withdrawing pension fund management
• CEO Larry Fink, while advocating for a green economy, also emphasizes the importance of a smooth transition to avoid inflation and support the working class

🔭 The context: BlackRock manages a huge $10 trillion in assets, and about $700 billion of that is dedicated to environmentally and socially responsible investments
• Fink has voiced support to these types of investments but avoids using the term "ESG" because it can be politically controversial

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The debate over BlackRock's ESG approach mirrors wider conflicts between sustainable investments and traditional energy, emphasizing the need for a clear communication strategy to maintain the firm's reputation and chart its future course

⏭️ What's next: BlackRock is striving to craft a clear, updated message about its ESG initiatives, aiming to navigate political controversies and effectively convey its approach while managing the complexities of the energy transition and diverse investor expectations

💬 One quote: "We don't need as much talk; so we've been a little quieter because actually, that's what our clients are looking for" (Mark Wiedman, Head of BlackRock's Global Client Business)

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