Back in the 1960s, some investors were already paying heed to be more socially responsible. They started paying attention to the harm certain business activities had on the environment; others began to eschew tobacco companies given how the harm from cigarettes had been proven. Or, they avoided arms manufacturers.

What was previously called corporate social responsibility in an earlier era has evolved into the environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards as popularly known today.

As the years go by, the list of concerns and issues on the agendas have gradually evolved, although the core goal remains the same: have a positive impact on the  society at large and not be solely obsessed with making returns on capital.

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