ESG Resources

Explore our library of third-party research and analysis on ESG integration and sustainable investing.

AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis
IPCC | 2021

This report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.

ESG & Performance
UNPRI Releases 2020 Assessment Reports
UNPRI | 2020

A summary of UNPRI’s 2020 Assessment Report on Inherent Group follows:    To access the data portal, click here.

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Social-Impact Efforts That Create Real Value
HBR | 2020

It’s an open question whether ESG issues will remain as salient to investors during a global pandemic and the associated economic downturn.  One of Inherent Group’s advisors, George Serafim, bets they will.

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LP scrutiny of approaches to ESG is intensifying per Private Equity International
Private Equity International | 2020

LP scrutiny of approaches to ESG is intensifying, with climate change a key concern. Here are seven takeaways from this Responsible Investment 2020 report by Private Equity International.

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The Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI): Monetizing Financial Benefits of Sustainability Actions in Companies
St. John's University Review of Business: Interdisciplinary Journal on Risk and Society | 2019

NYU Center for Sustainable Business analyzed to two different industries (agriculture and automotive) to answer the question: Do sustainable practices lead to positive financial return for the business?


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Corporate Sustainability: First Evidence on Materiality
The Accounting Review | 2016

This study analyzes the financial and operational performance link between a company’s sustainability practices and how material those practices are to the company’s business vertical.

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Corporate Sustainability: A Strategy?
Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit | 2019

The performance implications of adopting strategic sustainability practices for both return on capital and expectations of future performance, as reflected in price to book valuation multiples.

Pricing ESG Risk in Credit Markets
Hermes | 2017

Identifying the influence of ESG risks on credit-default spreads.

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Integrating Alternative Data (Also Known as ESG Data) in Investment Decision Making
SSRN (Soh Young In, Dane Rook, Ashby H. B. Monk) | 2019

The authors suggest more effective ways to integrate ESG data, however imperfect, into investment decision-making processes.

Decarbonization Factors
SSRN (Alexander Cheema-Fox, Bridget Realmuto LaPerla, George Serafeim, David Turkington, Hui (Stacie) Wang) | 2019

An exploration of the relative performance of portfolio decarbonization strategies, and how performance is affected by institutional investor fund flows.

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Shareholder Engagement on Environmental, Social, and Governance Performance
European Corporate Governance Institute | 2018

The authors study the financial impact of investor activism promoting ESG improvements.

Measuring the Economic Impact of Short-Termism
McKinsey Global Institute | 2017

A performance study comparing the financial results of management teams focused on long-term versus short-term performance.

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Active Ownership
Review of Financial Studies | 2015

How active investor engagement with corporate management on material corporate social responsibility issues can positively impact profitability, efficiency, governance, and stock performance.

The Error at the Heart of Corporate Leadership
Harvard Business Review | 2017

The authors argue for a management approach beyond shareholder primacy, focusing on the long-term health of the business that can deliver both strong performance and value to society.

Is “Being Green” Rewarded in the Market?: An Empirical Investigation of Decarbonization and Stock Returns
Stanford Global Projects Center | 2018

An empirical investigation of the risk-return relationship between corporate environmental performance and financial performance, with a focus on companies’ carbon footprint.

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The Relationship between Investor Materiality and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Methodological Framework
SSRN (Gianni Betti, Costanza Consolandi, Robert G. Eccles) | 2018

How performance on financially material ESG issues, as identified by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) can contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Impact of Corporate Sustainability on Organizational Processes and Performance
Management Science | 2017

An investigation of how a corporate culture of sustainability affects multiple facets of corporate behavior and performance outcomes.

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ESG and Financial Performance: Aggregated Evidence from More Than 2000 Empirical Studies
Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment | 2015

Analysis of 2,200 studies finds ESG’s influence on corporate financial performance is positive and the results appear to be stable over time.

Sustainable Investing and Bond Returns
Barclays | 2016

A rare analysis of the positive impact that ESG integration can have on fixed income portfolios, specifically investment grade corporate bonds.

A Practical Guide to ESG Integration for Equity Investing
UN PRI | 2016

Case studies that illustrate the range of ways in which equity investors incorporate ESG factors into their investment processes.

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Making an Impact: Earning Returns on Sustainable Terms
Credit Suisse | 2019

An overview of the ESG investing ecosystem and the link between ESG performance and portfolio performance.

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Impact Investing: The Performance Realities
Bank of America Merrill Lynch | 2018

An overview of the impact investing landscape and tools investors can use to effectively incorporate ESG factors.