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Climate investing is ‘a matter of value, not values,’ says State Street’s O’Hanley

That’s Ron O’Hanley, head of State Street, which is among the world’s largest stock index-fund companies, addressing mostly Republican political backlash against climate-conscientious investing.

These arguments “have left facts aside” and lost sight of the needs of long-term shareholders who might be exposed to stranded assets in oil or outmoded technologies, as well as missing out on growth opportunities, O’Hanley said in an interview Monday with the Financial Times.

Exploring the stocks and funds that tap companies that have cleaned up emissions ahead of regulations requiring such disclosure, or those advancing the solutions to the world’s shift to alternative-energy sources, such as solar ICLN, 0.18% and nuclear, and away from fossil fuels, such as coal and oil CL00, 0.58%, is just one leg of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing theme. Other ESG focus areas might include CEO compensation or diversity in hiring practices, and these factors have proven increasingly motivational for younger investors and job-seekers.

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