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Investors demand more ESG disclosure, new study says

Tammy Whitehouse | April 11, 2017

Investor interest is growing in getting expanded information out of companies about their environmental, social, and governance practices, based on a recent global study revealing more investors want the information than those who don’t.

EY and Institutional Investor polled 320 engaged investors in 2016 to take their pulse on how important ESG information might be to their investment decision making. More than 80 percent agreed that environmental and social issues present both risks and opportunities for companies, but companies have not considered them core to their business operations or strategies. More than 90 percent said public company CEOs should outline explicit strategies each year for how they plan to create value within the organization over the long term, and it should be reviewed by the company’s board.

Nearly 90 percent of investors...

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