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ESG/SRI Investing: Can Investors Have Their Cake and Eat it too?

As discussed in an earlier blog, The Nomenclature of Impact Investing, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing and SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) are two of many acronyms used for impact investing.  Despite its growing popularity, some investors have voiced their concern regarding a returns trade-off.  ESG investors and managers, including the 1,500 signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, will point to numerous studies showing that returns need not be sacrificed when investing in ESG issues.[1]  However, it appears that some still need convincing.  This past month, the California Public employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced a request for asset managers to show historical performances of ESG investing in order to prove outperformance of cap-weighted benchmarks or benchmark segments.[2]  So, with what seems to be ambiguity in the space of ESG investing, where can we find clarity?

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