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Sustainable Investing Education Be Strengthened In Business Schools

Business schools must adopt sustainable investing.

Sustainable Investing Education Be Strengthened In Business Schools (Photo: Envestnet)

Along with traditional financial elements, sustainable investing considers environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors.

Despite the fact that this sustainable investing has been around for a while, it has recently been politicized and there are many misconceptions about what it actually includes in the public.

ESG sustainable investing analyzes both quantitative and qualitative non-financial information about businesses. 

This covers social issues like the treatment of employees and interactions with communities, environmental issues like carbon emissions, pollution, and resource use, and governance issues like diversity on corporate boards, business ethics, and transparency. 

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Postsecondary finance schools that rarely mention these concerns have intensified criticisms of ESG sustainable investing and led to a severe lack of certified sustainable investment specialists.

Sustainable investing has come under fire recently despite its potential to hasten the transition to a net-zero carbon economy and promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Politically, America’s culture conflicts have turned sustainable investing into a flashpoint for party warfare.

The inclusion of ESG factors in sustainable investing choices, according to conservative detractors, is invasive moralizing and advances a woke capitalism agenda.

Opponents on the left dismiss worries about the costs of the economic transition or exaggerate the ability of ESG sustainable investing to make the world a better place.

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