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What’s the Deal with ESG Investing?

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How did ESG investing start? What is it really about? Should you care as an investor? There might be more layers and complexity to the ESG investing trend than one might think.

In this episode, you will learn the following :

  • ESG Investing: ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing, its origins, hype and impact on companies and investors.
  • Influence of Major Shareholders: Significant influence that major institutional shareholders, such as BlackRock and Vanguard, have on the voting and decision making process of companies, particularly in relation to ESG initiatives.
  • Marketing and Profit Motives: Criticism that some companies  use ESG as a marketing ploy rather than genuinely caring about environmental and social issues. 
  • Political and Globalist Influence: Political and global factors that have shaped the rise of ESG investing, including the involvement of the United Nations, the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Economic Forum – the political conflicts of interest and the push for global governance. 
  • Consumer Choice and Government Intervention: Debate between consumer choice and government intervention in promoting sustainable practices. Being questioned is the effectiveness of government incentives and subsidies, such as for electric vehicles and the potential unintended consequences of government interference in the free market.
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