Prepared for Jonathan S. | Delivered February 1, 2021
Impact of ESG
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Prove or Disprove that strong ESG strategy has impact on stock price in publicly traded companies
ESG criteria are an increasingly popular way for
investors to evaluate companies
in which they might want to invest.
ESG investing has experienced a recent surge in popularity,
showing particular strength
during the ongoing 2020 corona virus pandemic. Sustainable investing is
predicted to surge
in the wake of the pandemic.
Covid-19 has intensified feelings and discussions about the
leading to trends towards ESG investing.
Investors want to invest in companies that reflect their values
ESG Strategy Effect
Companies with stronger ESG records
outperform their peers
and have less volatility and downside risk.
looked at the impact of “high ESG controversy” events on stock performance, and found that two-thirds of the time-shares
underperformed the broader market by an average of 12%
over the subsequent 2 years.
Evidence from the
concludes that companies highly rated in ESG report higher returns and lower volatility.
on this topic supports the notion that ESG factors always lead to better stock returns. There are plenty of variables that can result in varying degrees of success, including elements as simple as time frame, and others.
has linked ESG performance to profitability
ESG Investment/Strategies is a growing trend with
predicted increased popularity in the future
There's a growing body of evidence to suggest that stocks of companies that meet high standards for environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) are
likely to outperform the market
Over the last five years
, companies with higher ESG Ratings exhibited higher average return on invested capital, compared to companies with lower ESG ratings. They were also valued at a premium over their other top performing peers with lower ESG Ratings.
A 2015 Harvard Business School study
of more than 2,300 firms found that companies that commit to and invest in strategic sustainability efforts have higher risk-adjusted stock performance, sales growth and margins.
Ignoring ESG may be costly to investment performance
S&P 500 stocks with high Environmental scores would
outperform their low ranked counterparts
by as much as 3ppt [percentage points] per year.
Not only is there a general feeling that ESG strategies contribute to stronger financial performance and returns, but also that poor ESG performance or negative activity can have a detrimental effect.
In order to visualise the financial impact of an ESG strategy, there are first two important obstacles to overcome
The first; 'Measuring ESG Performance' - ESG is an area composed of so many elements, encompassing everything from parental leave and diversity policies to in-house recycling and supply chain relationships, and therefore measurement is not a simple discipline. There are a variety of metrics comprising of methods such as independent rating systems, indexing, and various ESG scores. Further research would determine a suitable method which can be applied to the specific study group.
Secondly - Measuring to what extent ESG strategies are effective in increasing ESG performance - Again this is key for helping to analysis the financial impact of ESG strategies.
McKinset Quarterly Report
5 ways that ESG creates value
UMEA School of Business, Economics and Statistics
The effect of the ESG core on stock price jumps (
ESG Impact on Market Performance of Firms: International Evidence.
How Has Covid-19 Changed Institutional Investors' Approach to ESG?