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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Introduction

Most foundations, endowments, or nonprofits have probably considered environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, or soon will. Interest has escalated, and as a result, advice abounds and it is clear: ESG investing is complex. It seems every answer leads to two questions, and it’s no surprise that many turn away after an initial look.

The good news is that while it is true that ESG investing is complex, it doesn’t have to be complicated, and contrary to old beliefs, it doesn’t necessarily damage returns. With a solid understanding of what an organization wishes to accomplish, investment committees can implement ESG in a way that doesn’t necessarily sacrifice returns—but does bring investments into alignment with a foundation’s greater goals.

 

Read Canterbury's white paper on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)