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But these particular industries are only part of the picture. Institutional investors may want to look beyond the usual suspect carbon-intensive industries to better understand the end-to-end risks.

Such searching questions are being asked by an increasing number of beneficiaries of public funds, about where and how their retirement funds are invested. But understanding the societal impact of an investment is no easy task for institutional investors. We propose a systematic framework they can use. This paper examines some of the underlying economic questions: How have markets priced ESG characteristics?

Have they been fully priced? Have there been sweetspots? How quickly did the market incorporate ESG information? Despite strong headwinds, the tobacco industry has proved quite resilient. Some institutional investors may be asking whether they should lift tobacco bans in their investment policies.

We believe the better questions are: Could investors have obtained the gains associated with these stocks without actually owning them? In June , the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure TCFD released climate-related disclosure recommendations that included a framework for better company disclosure and a request for climate scenarios as part of that disclosure. But how many companies actually provide the requested data?

Contrary to concerns expressed by many observers, we found no compelling evidence of a negative impact from share buybacks on long-term value creation for investors overall. We did find, however, that share buybacks can impact long-term investment returns differently for active and passive investors. As interest in ESG investing continues to grow, so does the number of actively managed strategies that integrate environmental, social and governance considerations into their investment processes.

However, institutional investors and managers have been benchmarking many of these ESG-tilted strategies against standard market-cap-weighted indexes. While these indexes provide a broad basis for evaluating performance, they lack the ability to provide the insights that might be gained from ESG-focused benchmarks. Index returns are for illustrative purposes only. Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses.

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