Why is there no “profit-washing”? The importance of incentives

In his book “White Man’s Burden”, William Easterly argues that there are two approaches to international aid: Planning: a top down approach. “A Planner thinks he already knows the answers […] A Planner [is willing to] impose solutions.”Searching: a bottom up approach. “In foreign aid, Planners announce good intentions but don’t motivate anyone to carry…

ESG investing needs thoughtful trade-offs

Thoughtful trade-offs: models for going beyond profit maximisation There is lots of talk about whether incorporating ESG factors could help improve profitability or returns.  This post is not about whether or not this is true. Instead, I claim that this is missing the point. I’m sure there will be times when ESG thinking can lead…

ESG investing isn’t high-impact, but it could be

This article explores ESG/responsible investing. It identifies certain gaps which I believe could be valuably filled to help ESG investing do more good. This report is for those who are interested in a career to influence the finance system. If you are interested as an individual investor, there are other resources (e.g. the report by Hillebrandt and…

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