When I began teaching sustainable finance at Marquette University about a decade ago, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing and socially responsible investing (SRI) were backwaters. Of course, that has changed dramatically, particularly over the last four years, and here we are today.
But 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, I still see four main obstacles to ESG investing’s continuing emergence. Below I outline these challenges, rate them according to their severity, and chart the progress towards potential solutions.
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