The ABCs of ESG

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ESG refers to environmental, social and governance issues that are taken into consideration when making investment decisions. Integrating ESG factors into investment processes can help identify key risk and return drivers in portfolios:




Impact on the environment, which can include water usage, pollution, waste management, energy efficiency, gas emissions and climate change.



Human rights, health and safety, employee working conditions, community impact, diversity, population and demographics change, consumption patterns and shareholder reputation.



Board independence and diversity of board members, alignment of shareholders and executives, compensation, shareholders rights, transparency/disclosures and business ethics/culture.

ESG Factors That Investors May Consider  

ESG Factors

When people speak about ESG, what are they really talking about? How do you uncover how a company is performing on ESG?

In this video, Max Zehrt, AVP and Head of ESG, AGF Investments Inc., helps make sense of this complex analysis.

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