No investments are guaranteed, but ESG investments have something others don’t.
If you don’t feel good about investing in oil and gas conglomerates, there’s another strategy out there you could consider. It’s called ESG investing, and it’s designed to funnel your investments into companies, technology, and people trying to make the world a healthier and happier place to live.
What Does ESG Mean?
So what the heck is ESG? And how is it different from SRI and CSR? And what are those anyways?
First up, definitions:
- SRI stands for Socially Responsible Investing
- CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility
- ESG stands for Environmental, Social, Governance
Each of these acronyms stands for a slightly different part of a sustainable, responsible investing ecosystem.
So if you’re interested in Socially Responsible Investing, you might look to organizations with track records of Corporate Social Responsibility to ensure strong Environmental, Social, and Governance performance.
Should I Consider ESG Investments?
The idea behind investing in stocks or funds that meet ESG standards is that you’re investing in a healthier world. These investment instruments are defining a new path for socially and environmentally conscious investors.
But there are other reasons that ESG-oriented investments are interesting and popular with some investors.
Responsibly Run Companies Might Tend to Perform Well
Then there’s the commercial viability perspective. It could be argued that companies that are run well may tend to perform well.
Meanwhile, companies that are unsustainable and get terrible press for inflicting damage on the environment? That could possibly worry investors, and share prices could fall.
Or, take companies with terrible track records for treating employees poorly and creating a sustained toxic work environment. High employee turnover can be a contributor to serious organizational instability, which again could potentially spook some investors.
Meanwhile, companies with diverse leadership, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and who treat their employees well? Those companies could be considered some of the most stable and well run organizations which, in turn, could make some investors see them as a good investment.
Good people doing good business while having a good impact on the planet? It could pay!
Climate Change is Changing Investments
Climate change is altering our world—and how we carry on business.
Not only is extreme weather (and more!) interfering with the profitability of many publicly traded companies (think of the current supply chain crisis), climate change threatens the idea that our investments will really be worth anything.
This isn’t just doomsday thinking. Yes, it’s true that if the planet is on fire, your hard earned fiat currency will be way less important than stuff like, dunno, food.
But if climate change continues to interfere with global business, as it has with the supply chain, costs could go up and so could inflation. And we all know what inflation can do to your cash: devalue it!
ESG tries to solve this problem by changing the systems that got us into this climate change pickle in the first place.
If we had to reduce this point to a platitude, we’d say: don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution.
Perhaps the most important aspect of ESG investing is this: you can feel good about it.
For a long time, there was no infrastructure to easily and affordably invest in funds and instruments that made the world a better place. It’s really only the last decade that any of these funny little acronyms have gained any traction in the investment world.
But we’re glad that this important issue is finally getting noticed.
Everyone’s circumstances are different, so you should talk to your advisor and do your own research before you set off to ESG-ify your investments or make any investment decisions for that matter.
Let’s make Canada climate positive, together.
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