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Impax’s Gorte: Evaluating ESG when nothing is perfect

Sustainable investing could use a little less hypocrisy, Gorte says

Julie Gorte, senior vice-president for sustainable investing at Impax Asset Management, spoke with ESG Clarity at the recent US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment conference in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Gorte discussed the concept of sustainable investing in a world of compromises and not letting perfect stand in the way of progress.

What can financial advisers do better to help clients who are interested in ESG?

One thing financial advisers can do better is to explain to people what an asset allocation is and what choices you have in the various places in your portfolio. ‘This is a large-cap fund, there are large-cap companies that are more sustainable than others, and doing something to solve the problem is better than doing nothing.’

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