Journal of Asset Management
A portfolio can be viewed as the collection of the businesses, policies and practices of constituent companies. We measure investors' Ownership of this collection. Ownership metrics aggregate an assortment of company specific Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) characteristics to the portfolio level, and they can inform investment and engagement decisions. Relative to a benchmark, investor Ownership is active and satisfies a zero-sum property, which underscores the distinction between Ownership and impact. Ownership of ESG characteristics may be interpreted as ascribing ethical responsibility, but that conclusion and any decisions that result from it belong to the investor.
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Original Publication Citation
Bateman, M. E., & Goldberg, L. R. (2023). Ownership of ESG characteristics. Journal of Asset Management, 24(7), 534-540. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41260-023-00335-y
Bateman, Mark E. and Goldberg, Lisa R., "Ownership of ESG Characteristics" (2023). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 64.