This article was produced by 1898 & Co., a member of IPFA.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are being accepted as standards in making investment decisions about companies and their business practices by socially conscious investors. While anyone can share anecdotes and create ESG tables, it is crucial to consider what the data actually means. The challenge in making stewardship determinations is that ESG data isn’t standardised and can be gathered and reported differently, varying by region, market, business and even by departments within the same organisation. Getting on the same page regarding ESG and climate change standards is a challenge that many are trying to tackle. Part of the problem to begin with is that there are many mixed reporting messages about what net zero actually is. Would standardised ESG Data Reporting support investment decisions?
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