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What ESG funds can and cannot achieve

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: ESG funds, encompassing mutual funds and ETFs that factor in Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria, face a barrage of criticism and misinformation
• This situation arises from the ambiguous nature of "ESG," likened to the parable of the blind men and the elephant, where different parties perceive ESG in varied, often conflicting ways

🔭 The context: Originating from ethical investing traditions of religious groups, ESG investing has evolved significantly
• Initially focused on avoiding "sinful" industries, it now encompasses a broad range of strategies aimed at managing financial risk through responsible practices

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: ESG funds represent a crucial attempt to align investment practices with sustainable and ethical principles, potentially steering corporate behavior towards more responsible environmental and social actions
• However, debates around ESG's effectiveness and impact cloud its potential benefits

⏭️ What's next: The discourse around ESG funds is complex, encompassing ethical investing, risk management, and the pursuit of societal impact
• While ESG funds are challenged from various angles, the underlying principle of investing responsibly without sacrificing returns remains a central theme

💬 One quote: "We buy ESG funds to reduce the downside risk to our investment portfolio. Higher returns along with lower risk is the epitome of a free lunch, and we in the financial world aver that there is no such thing."

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