ESG News

June 2019

Research: Actually, Consumers Do Buy Sustainable Products
Harvard Business Review

Consumers are increasingly focusing on sustainability when making purchasing decisions, according to research by the Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern. Their analysis shows that 50% of the growth in sales of consumer packaged goods in the last five years came from purchases of products marketed as 'sustainable'.

Coke and Pepsi want to Sell You Bottled Water without the Bottle
Wall Street Journal

As consumers move away from single-use plastics, Coke and Pepsi are starting to embrace a 'bring your own bottle' business model, particularly on college campuses.

Companies See Climate Change Hitting Their Bottom Lines in the Next 5 Years
The New York Times

A recent study by CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, reveals that some of the largest companies in the world expect climate change to pose a trillion dollar financial burden to their businesses. And, many of those effects are expected to be felt within the next five years.

ESG Ratings Face Skepticism Even as Loan-Market Importance Grows
Bloomberg

The impact of ESG ratings on companies' cost of capital is on the rise. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, $32 Billion in loans are now tied to ESG ratings. That's up from $3 Billion just two years ago. However, the data is still controversial and inconsistent, as the ratings don't necessarily reflect actual performance on ESG metrics.