Ethical, SRI, ESG, best-in-class, stewardship, sustainability and impact. As its popularity has grown, the responsible investment landscape has become confusing and overcrowded with terminology that excludes rather than enables. There is also little clarity or agreement on what the various terminologies mean. We believe confusion and poorly regulated product labelling may potentially lead to mis-selling.
Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the UN’s Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI), has recently heard ‘very large fund managers’ call ESG the ‘fad of the moment’. Given the level of airtime currently being enjoyed by ESG backers you’d be forgiven for thinking it has become a success overnight, but in fact its rise to prominence has
In his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom, Nobel laureate and economist Milton Friedman dismissed corporate social responsibility as a fundamentally subversive doctrine. “There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits,” he wrote. Back then, it was accepted wisdom that all
The latest United Nations report on climate change is urging immediate action to avert a global catastrophe in the decades to come. For government, business and the general public, to ignore this warning is, well, irresponsible. The same can be said for investors, their portfolios and, even more so, their advisors. The traditional metrics guiding