ESG and good corporate governance in relation to the use of pension funds

Recently, banks and investment firms publicly stated a withdrawal of their support for businesses without plans to transition away from reliance on non-renewable energy resources. It is clear that shareholder returns are no longer the only metric under consideration when shaping investment portfolios.
ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is gaining traction as a measure of the collective consciousness of organisations towards environmental and social responsibility. The influence of ESG in boardrooms is increasingly driving investment-based decision-making.

But what are the knock-on effects for pension fund investments? How much weight should ESG principles carry, and what role does shareholder activism play either way?

Join the Business Day DialoguesLive in association with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung as a panel of experts debate the principles shaping investment attitudes that favour businesses with a commitment to environmental sustainability and social well-being – while balancing the financial prosperity of pension funds in South Africa.

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