ESG Investing: Does It Make You Feel Good, Or Is It Actually Good for Your Portfolio?

This report on ESG investing by Hermes Investment Management focuses on the changing perceptions of ESG investing, presenting it in a positive light in contrast to the often common opinion that it detracts from investment performance. It looks at the ways that ESG factors can in fact enhance returns, and highlights this by examining how well-governed companies have outperformed poorly governed companies by an average of over 30 basis points per month over the last five years. This report breaks down the reasons for using ESG-focused investing, concentrating not only on gaining better returns but also taking into account factors such as moral obligation.

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