ESG-initiativer i finansverdenen var for blot få år siden undtagelsen. Nu er det helt nødvendigt for investeringsselskaber, store eller små, at omfavne ESG for at undgå dårlige afkastresultater. Det udtalte MSCI’s formand og administrerende direktør, Henry Fernandez, i en episode af CNBCs“ Squawk on the Street, i følge ETFtrends.com.
PÅ CNBC sagde Henry Fernandez:
“We are sounding the alarm bells that if you are an investment institution and you’re not embracing this and taking it into account, it’s going to be at your own peril because your portfolios are going to underperform dramatically because there’s a common repricing and common reallocation of assets around the world according to the ESG criteria.”
Videre skriver ETFtrend.com:
“The rise of ESG has investors constantly asking for funds that support the initiatives of environmentally-sound practices. Additionally, it’s also drawing the scrutiny of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) at a time when ESG became one of the most searched financial terms in 2019, according to a 401(k) Specialist post.
Now that the ESG space is gaining traction, the SEC is putting the industry under the proverbial microscope with the issuance of examination letters to various firms. According to the 401(k) Specialist post, the examination letter asked one asset manager for a list of stocks that comprised the fund and how it determines whether an investment is deemed socially responsible.
Nonetheless, according to Fernandez, expect ESG to be a permanent mainstay in the financial realm.
“For now it’s mostly a directional concept, and then eventually it will become very metrics driven, but you know it’s an evolution,” said Fernandez. He also added that ESG concepts will represent a “permanent change in the way capitalism works.””