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Economics and Investment: How you and I can make companies behave

We are all bound by the ESG agenda

By Andy Davis   May 2019

Scrutiny of the corporate world’s performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is growing all the time among investors large and small. Many of us believe that as well as creating profits, companies should behave like responsible citizens—and we expect those who invest our savings to act as referees, making sure they do.

How realistic is that in practice? Outsiders often struggle to work out what’s really going on inside companies because it is the companies themselves that control what information about their activities is published. The never-ending stream of…

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