Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128186923

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing

1st Edition

A Balanced Review of Theoretical Backgrounds and Practical Implications

Authors: John Hill
Paperback ISBN: 9780128186923
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2020
Page Count: 386
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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Investing: A Balanced Review of Theoretical Backgrounds and Practical Implications presents a balanced, thorough analysis of ESG factors as they are incorporated into the investment process. An estimated 25% of all new investments are in ESG funds, with a global total of $23 trillion and the U.S. accounting for almost $9 trillion. Many advocate the sustainability goals promoted by ESG, while others prefer to maximize returns and spend their earnings on social causes. The core problem facing those who want to promote sustainability goals is to define sustainability investing and measure its returns.

This book examines theories and their practical implications, illuminating issues that other books leave in the shadows.

Key Features

  • Provides a dispassionate examination of ESG investing
  • Presents the historical arguments for maximizing returns and competing theories to support an ESG approach
  • Reviews case studies of empirical evidence about relative returns of both traditional and ESG investment approaches


Upper-division undergraduates through professionals working in quantitative economics, portfolio management, and economic sustainability

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Background
2. Theories of the Firm
3. Fiduciaries and their Responsibilities
4. Overview of Financial Markets
5. Portfolio Diversification
6. Equity and Bond markets
7. ESG, SRI, and Impact Investments
8. ESG Direct Action
9. Shareholder Activism
10. ESG in Mutual Funds and ETFs

Part II: Special Topics and Case Studies
11. University Endowments
12. Sovereign Wealth Funds
13. Family Office
14. Religious Fund
15. Multi-Investor Funds
16. Conclusions and Future Outlook


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About the Author

John Hill

John Hill is President and CEO of Derivatives Strategy Group. He previously served as Co-Head of Global Energy Futures at Merrill Lynch and at ABN AMRO bank and as President and CEO of Broadway Futures Group, a small independent broker. He was Senior Vice President of North American Sales for Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), one of the first electronic platforms and was a model to many more recent start-ups. During his tenure at ICE, the company grew from a small, Atlanta-headquartered private company to a public company with an IPO valued at $12 billion. It now owns and operates the NYSE, among other businesses. Mr. Hill was also Senior Vice President at ICAP, the largest interdealer broker, where his focus was developing electronic businesses and planning compliance with Dodd Frank regulations.

Affiliations and Expertise

President and CEO of Derivatives Strategy Group, Rye, NY, USA

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