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Sustainable Investing


Resolving ESG Conflicts: Important, But Not Material?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are important, but are all of them material? California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) CIO Christopher J. Ailman discusses how he resolves investment conflicts.

Conflating ESG Disclosures . . . Out of Need, Not Choice

“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” The same goes for integrating ESG factors into investing, says Bryan Esterly, CFA.

The Evolution of ESG: An Interview with Erika Karp

"Standards for disclosure around material ESG factors by sector are critical. Once we have this, we can start to innovate at a faster rate," says Erika Karp, founder of Cornerstone Capital.

Sustainable Investing and Fiduciary Responsibility: Conflict or Confluence?

An interview with David Blood reveals why sustainability is integral to fiduciary duty.

ESG: A Material Information Advantage

Firms with good performance on material sustainability issues, using the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework, and concurrently poor performance on the immaterial issues, have the best future stock performance.

ESG Issues in Investing: What, Why, and Why Not? (Part 2)

ESG issues are not receiving due consideration among institutional investors. This is perplexing. If there is no disagreement that ESG issues need to be factored into investment decisions for economic reasons, why are they not receiving the attention they deserve?

ESG Issues in Investing: What, Why, and Why Not? (Part 1)

To gain clarity on the debates surrounding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in investing, CFA Institute hosted an online discussion forum on 27 June 2014. Participants offered a number of insights.

Sustainable Investing: Five Videos to Watch

Here are five carefully curated videos on sustainable investing that stand out for their focus, the strength of their content, and the effectiveness of their delivery.

ESG Issues in Investing: What, Why, and Why Not (Online Forum)

There are ongoing debates about why ESG issues are important and to what extent they should be given due consideration in traditional investing.

Financial Markets and the Natural Environment: An Economic Perspective

What are the different environmental assets in which investors can invest? A new short book, Environmental Markets: A New Asset Class, answers this question and explains the role… READ MORE ›



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