Flurry Of SEC Activity Shows Interest In ESG Terminology

By Mary Beth Houlihan and Donna Mussio (May 13, 2020, 6:37 PM EDT) -- In recent years, asset managers have been rushing to meet investor demand for environmental, social and governance, or ESG, funds.

Open-end and exchange-traded funds with a focus on sustainability attracted $20.6 billion of total new assets in 2019, which is almost four times as much as the $5.5 billion in 2018 — the previous high bar.[1] Funds labelled as ESG, sustainable or with similar terms may apply a range of investing styles, which generally fall into two broad categories: negative screens (e.g., exclusion of fossil fuel companies) or positive screens (e.g., integration of ESG factors into investment processes or the pursuit...

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