Making ESG Work

How investors can help improve low-wage labor and ease income inequality

In recent years, individual and institutional investors’ interest in more socially conscious investment strategies has exploded. By one estimate, investments in funds that consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors will soon account for a third of all global assets under management. However, the social dimension of these funds has so far been limited and illdefined, which is partly attributable to the vast and varied effects companies have on society. Fixing the social dimension will require the participation of asset owners and managers, investment consultants, ESG data providers, and governments. The report provides concrete recommendations for how to get started to asset owners, investment consultants, and asset managers as well as to ESG rating providers and governments.

Studies / Research / Report
NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
32 pages
Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]
Labour Rights