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2019 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

15. ESG Challenges

Authors : Christopher K. Merker, Sarah W. Peck

Published in: The Trustee Governance Guide

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

When we began teaching sustainable finance at Marquette University more than a decade ago, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing and socially responsible investing were still backwaters. A lot, as we talked about in the last chapter, has changed even over the recent years. However, the increasing adoption and application of these types of investing criteria conceal some underlying challenges. Despite the rapid growth of ESG funds across several measures, we still see four main obstacles to ESG investing’s continuing emergence. In this chapter we outline these challenges and chart the progress toward potential solutions.

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Footnotes
1
“Performing for the Future: ESG’s Place in Investment Portfolios. Today and Tomorrow”, State Street Global Advisors ESG Institutional Survey, 2018 https://​www.​ssga.​com/​investment-topics/​environmental-social-governance/​2018/​04/​esg-institutional-investor-survey.​pdf
 
2
Kauflin, Jeff, “Do-Good Investors: Watch Out For What These Funds Hold”, Forbes, December 6, 2017 https://​www.​forbes.​com/​sites/​jeffkauflin/​2017/​12/​06/​portfolio-placebos/​#5618a7564c04
 
3
Douglas, Elyse et al., “Responsible Investing: Guide to ESG Data Providers and Relevant Trends”, Journal of Environmental Investing, Vol. 8 No. 1, 2017 https://​cbey.​yale.​edu/​sites/​default/​files/​Responsible%20​Investing%20​-%20​Guide%20​to%20​ESG%20​Data%20​Providers%20​and%20​Relevant%20​Trends.​pdf
 
4
Mackintosh, James, “If You Want to Do Good, Expect to Do Badly”, Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2018.
 
Metadata
Title
ESG Challenges
Authors
Christopher K. Merker
Sarah W. Peck
Copyright Year
2019
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21088-5_15