Picking up the pace of positive change: What progress are investment trusts making on ESG issues?

Disclosure hurdles yet to be overcome

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All AIC member investment companies are being encouraged to submit free-form ESG disclosures
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All AIC member investment companies are being encouraged to submit free-form ESG disclosures

Getting up to speed on ESG disclosures is one of the greatest challenges for investment trust boards this year, according to a top director of one of the UK's oldest listed vehicles.

"No doubt boards and managers are aware of the need to start articulating more clearly how ESG is embedded in the investment strategy," said Sue Inglis, The Bankers Investment Trust chair. "It is too early to say how successful we are all going to be at that." The Association of Investment Companies' (AIC) initiative to include disclosure on the website is going to be helpful, she said. "It will probably take 12 months to be able to answer whether we are responding to what investors want to see and how we report on ESG." ESG ratings: Bringing transparency or just greenwashing? ...

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