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ESG Sustainability Data Becomes Key Tool For Investors And Companies

When people think of ESG, the word "environment" usually leaps to mind. And that's understandable. ESG stands for environmental, social and governance. It's a group of nonfinancial factors that have grown increasingly important to investors, regulators and the general public. But environmental factors are only a part of the story — especially when it comes to finding the best ESG companies.

This past year, extreme weather events have elevated environmental concerns. Social challenges — diversity, human rights and workplace issues — have become more significant as employees return to the office. Consider this year's labor actions, from the SAG-AFTRA strike to the United Auto Workers' walkout. The UAW doesn't oppose the shift to electric vehicles, but is concerned about the transition's impact on workers.

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