Gun Crime Sets the ESG Agenda in 2018

Socially responsible investing has been defined so far this year by Larry Fink's letter to CEOs in January and a mass shooting in the US

Jon Hale 9 July, 2018 | 7:34AM

Protest against gun violence in United States

The world of ESG investing was lit up in January when the head of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, urged CEOs to think long term, benefit all their stakeholders, and make a positive contribution to society. Fink was not urging them to make less money, he was urging them to position their businesses for long-term profitability by keeping their focus on a bigger picture that includes the role of the corporation in society.

Companies focused on minimising negative environmental and social impacts and accentuating positive ones will be rewarded by increasingly aware customers, will protect their brand, and will attract top talent, enabling them to better navigate the transition to an increasingly low-carbon and digital economy.

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Jon Hale  Jon Hale is a consultant with Morningstar Institutional Investment Consulting.

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