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Sustainable investing

Notes from RI USA 2022

From navigating new SEC regulations to setting net zero targets to managing an increasing divisive political discourse around ESG, 2022 has brought many new challenges to the field of sustainable investing and catalyzed new debates on where it is heading. On December 6 and 7, sustainable finance and ESG investment professionals from across North America gathered in New York City for Responsible Investor’s 14th annual RI USA conference to discuss developments and best practices for hot-button issues from human rights and biodiversity to net zero and the role of Big Tech. Some of the questions raised in the panels included:…

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Some Thoughts on the Future of Responsible Investment

For almost 50 years now, I have been active in the world of responsible investment (otherwise known as sustainable investment, ESG integration, and impact investment, among other things). Its growth, especially since 2010, has surprised me. Assets under management in this once obscure discipline are estimated at as much as $37.8 trillion by year-end 2021.[i] Around the world, the field is exploding with new products, a deluge of data and heightened recognition from regulators. I am particularly surprised at these developments given that since its earliest years, its practitioners have faced a barrage of criticism. The three prongs of these…

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