Environmental, Social, and Governance Criteria: Why Investors Should Care
Ravi Jagannathan, Ashwin Ravikumar and Marco Sammon
Volume 16, No. 1, 2018
We argue that even money managers who care only about risks and returns are likely to benefit from incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria into their investment process. ESG-related issues can cause sudden regulatory changes and shifts in consumer tastes, resulting in large asset price swings which leave investors
limited time to react. By incorporating ESG criteria into their investment strategy, money managers can tilt their holdings towards firms which are well prepared to deal with these changes, thereby managing exposure to these rare but potentially large risks.