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ESG: Is it worth it?

By Richard Edgar. Editor in Chief

Last month our Analyst Survey suggested a significant increase in companies taking environmental, social and governance issues seriously. But what does ESG mean in practice for investors? What are the biggest ESG issues of the next decade? And does sustainable investing have to come at the expense of returns? These are the questions our clients are asking. Here, Fidelity Answers.

Last month our Analyst Survey suggested a significant increase in companies taking environmental, social and governance issues seriously. But what does ESG mean in practice for investors? What are the biggest ESG issues of the next decade? And does sustainable investing have to come at the expense of returns? These are the questions our clients are asking. Here, Fidelity Answers.

Defining ESG: Evolution not revolution
Defining ESG: Evolution not revolution

ESG investing seems all the rage, but what does this focus on environmental, social and governance criteria actually mean for investors?

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ESG and performance in 7 charts

Definitive answers are hard to come by but aggregating the research shows a positive relationship between ESG and financial performance.

Avoiding 'cybergeddon': ESG risk in an interconnected world
Avoiding 'cybergeddon': ESG risk in an interconnected world

In an increasingly digital society, cybersecurity and data protection are rapidly emerging as some of the biggest ESG risks for companies to manage.

China's changing environmental priorities
China's changing environmental priorities

China is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases but is also becoming a global leader in promoting green investment and fighting pollution.

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The investment world's best ESG material

We did the reading so you don't have to.

Pulling away: Inequality as an ESG risk
Pulling away: Inequality as an ESG risk

Wealth distribution, emerging threats to the status quo, and why inequality is turning into an important sustainability risk.

ESG leadership: Japan steps forward as the US steps back
ESG leadership: Japan steps forward as the US steps back

When it comes to policy leadership in the arena of environmental, social and governance factors, Japan is stepping up even as the US is stepping back.

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Longer cycle, shorter horizons: Governance at the end of the cycle

Why extra scrutiny of corporate governance, especially capital deployment decisions, is necessary towards the end of the cycle.

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ESG in real estate: How green is your castle?

How and why ESG is starting to be taken seriously in real estate investing.

Green bonds: Five important questions answered

Green bonds are a useful group of assets in ESG investing, but some investors are not entirely clear on key aspects of the instruments.

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Inside the investment process: ESG at every step

How investors considered ESG in the case of an investment in ChemChina, the Chinese state-owned chemical giant.

What is and what isn't ESG: the investors' definition
What is and what isn't ESG: the investors' definition

Investment chiefs from Denmark, Italy and Japan on how they define what is - and what isn't - ESG, and how it informs their approach to investing.

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