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- February 1, 2022: Vol. 34, Number 2

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Accelerating interest: What the increased demand for net-zero means for institutional investors

by Anna Murray

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are top of mind for asset managers and owners, not only because focusing on ESG is the right thing to do, but because it is the foundation of more financially resilient portfolios that help mitigate risk and create value for investors. In the past, ESG was a siloed concept, often lacking in integration with asset- and portfolio-level strategy. In that setting, investors have found it challenging to separate organizations who truly integrate ESG throughout the investment cycle from those who are latching on to a trend and using sustainability as a tactic for publicity and praise, without the necessary substance. This is why it is so important to be clear and specific about ESG goals and initiatives, and then track progress of real-world outcomes against a plethora of ESG frameworks and reporting standards, such as the Principles for Responsible Investing or the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, etc. Now, it is not enough t

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