'There are misconceptions about performance'

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Laura Dew and Ruth Gillbe report from Investment Week's Environment, Ethical, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Conference and Awards, held in London on 26 November.

Mike Appleby, SRI analyst, Alliance Trust What are the issues surrounding ESG investing at the moment? There is still confusion about what ESG is and how it is done. It is becoming more important for managers to be transparent on issues of concern. Transparency on what is driving investment decisions and certain themes the fund is investing in, for example, climate change, is key. It should also be a priority for the manager to disclose everything they hold in the fund, so investors know exactly where money is invested. There are lots of different guises within ESG. We also have ...

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