Investors Force Firms to Take ESG Seriously

From buses in Bogota to solar panels in Brazil, many companies are engaging with ESG risks - and investors are driving that change

Margaret Giles 27 February, 2020 | 10:51AM

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The topic of sustainable investing is moving into the mainstream but who is responsible for driving the trend? When it comes to matters of environmental, social and governance (ESG)  issues is it investors who should be forcing companies to change, or companies that should be taking the lead? 

Courtney Ranstrom, co-founder of US financial advice firm Trailhead Planners, says investors need to push companies to be more conscious of their environmental impact. Advisers have a key role in this, he says, and should be looking at how to analyse ESG risk factors and incorporate them into their investment processes.

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Margaret Giles  Margaret Giles is a journalist for Morningstar.com, based in Chicago

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