Investments in ESG strategies in the main were excellent in 2020. There were a number of conditions thought that made ESG look good. I would happily wager that these returns easily influenced and turned a few heads which would have inspired many investment pounds to be diverted towards the style. These returns most definitely created a great deal of column inches that claimed the investment style to be the future of investing, but how much thought was actually given to why and how these returns were achieved?
Before I go any further, I want it to be known that unless we collectively do something positive about redressing the imbalance and about the environment, or climate change then what is the point of saving for the future or making profits as future generations will not be able to enjoy it. Doing whatever we can as an investment community to promote the health of the planet cannot be a bad thing and therefore it shouldn’t be chastised – even though there is a great deal of greenwashing out there which makes it understandable that many are annoyed – me included. But, to quote Tesco “every little helps” and we all do need to do our bit to help out, so surely investing in ESG funds is a good thing.
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26th July 2021