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Five Questions to Guide ESG Investors When Vetting Companies

How to screen corporations claiming to follow environmental, social, and governance guidelines

One day – sooner than later – we will have standardized sustainability reports and ESG metrics to aid ESG investors. These tools will allow investors to compare companies on important sustainability criteria. Moreover, investors will also be able to determine which companies share their personal values more easily. Alas, we are not there yet. As such, conscientious ESG investors need to do some extra legwork in the vetting process. The overarching question that needs to be answered is this: How sustainable and socially responsible are companies who claim to abide by ESG guidelines? It’s all about accountability. Are these companies…
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Craig Jonas is founder and CEO of CoPeace, a sustainable investing holding company building a portfolio of for-profit companies with measurable social and environmental impact.
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