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The Conventional Wisdom On ESG Is Wrong. Now What?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: BlackRock CEO Larry Fink recently commented at Aspen Ideas that he no longer uses the term “ESG” as it has become politically “weaponized” 

🔭 The context: The debate surrounding Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has escalated as interest and skepticism simultaneously peak
• Leading asset managers and academics are advocating that integrating ESG into investment strategies is crucial for generating long-term financial and social value

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: ESG integration is instrumental in ensuring that investments contribute positively to environmental sustainability, social welfare, and corporate governance 
• Investors' incorporation of these factors into their decisions can drive companies to adopt more responsible and sustainable practices

⏭️ What's next: The scrutiny over the real impact of ESG investments will push asset managers and investors to refine their strategies and measurement tools 
• This scrutiny may also lead to a more nuanced understanding of how ESG factors can be effectively integrated into investment decisions without compromising fiduciary duties

💬 One quote: “ESG integration is systematic and explicit analysis, while sustainability is a broader principle that encompasses responsible and ethical business practices in a holistic manner.” (Prof Alex Edmans, London Business School)

📈 One Stat: According to Morgan Stanley despite slightly underperforming traditional funds in 2022 for the first time since 2018, sustainable funds experienced net positive fund flows of $115 billion (about 3% of 2021 year-end assets under management)

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