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Coronavirus as the ESG acid test

Remember the acronym ESG? The phrase sets off a distant chime in our consciousness, a resonance that recalls a happier time. A time where we all truly believed that the news cycle couldn’t get any crazier.How wrong we were. But ESG – or environmental, social and governance to its friends – hasn’t gone away. Not by any stretch of the imagination. When the dust settles from the coronavirus pandemic, the practice of investing in companies that conform to various ESG standards, whether it be to do with carbon emissions or workplace diversity, will be still a growing force in capital markets.If anything, the coronavirus pandemic presents an opportunity for those investors with ESG mandates to truly flex their muscles when they meet management teams ahead of a capital allocation decision.

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