ESG and financial returns: The academic perspective (AXA)

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by Théo Kotula, Responsible Investment Analyst at AXA Investment Managers

An increasing amount of academic research is showing that the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors can potentially lead to better performance for both companies and their investors.

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This is fundamentally dispelling the long-held stereotypical view that investing responsibly means sacrificing investment returns

In this document, we highlight a variety of academic research which demonstrates the positive link between ESG and financial performance

These studies support AXA Investment Managers’ ambition and commitment to integrating ESG factors into investment analysis, engaging investee companies and developing impact investing – as we believe it is in our clients’ long-term best interests to do so.

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