ESG within the financial industry is an evolution of a set of beliefs and principles dating back centuries. Now, it remains more relevant than ever

The ethos of sustainable investing has been centuries in the making. From its earliest roots in faith-based investing to a complex yet concerted push for environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting today, the sector has gone by many names as markets and governments evolved and matured.

Proponents of sustainable finance have borrowed from US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin’s quote, to “do well by doing good”. But can the two tenets truly co-exist, especially in the absence of a common ESG reporting standard today?

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