Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data: Can it enhance returns and reduce risks?

Deutsche Bank Asset Management has set up an interesting new think tank 'The Global Financial Institute'. I became especially interested in the following white paper:




In line with my own view  long term strategic factors are: further social factors, trust and possible future costs and taxes on environmental issues.  The market (for example the CFA Institute) is not teaching the importance, but ESG factors are crucial for long term success and investments, because of that inefficiency  valid long term returns are still possible in the environmental field. On the other hand we have to be aware of cultural shifts, which could have a strong effect on the whole field.


"This white paper offers a strong outlook on the field of ESG investment and recommends its deeper consid­eration by any institutional or private asset owner or financial services institution. It should be common sense to consider cultural shifts in society when making investment decisions. The fact that standard professional finance degree programs have not really taught their students how to evaluate this information makes ESG investment all the more appealing, as it substantially reduces the competition for ESG investors. Hence, this type of investment is a low-competition, longer-term strategy that can enhance investment returns and reduce risks by capitalising on common sense insights into the business relevance of specific ESG factors."

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