1. What's ESG and Why Is It Suddenly So Popular?

    What's ESG and Why Is It Suddenly So Popular?

    “Focus on stocks that have the greatest return” has long been the motto of most investors and, similarly, high returns have been the barometer for considering what made a corporation “successful.” This mentality— the crux of profit-maximization, or “shareholder-first” thinking—was a sea change from a previous school of thought that viewed corporations as a “public trust” responsible for their impact on the world. It was made popular by influential economists like Milton Friedman, who famously wrote, “There ...

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