3 Examples of Wall Street Embracing ESG to Meet Client Demand

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Institutional investors are keen to invest with impact without sacrificing fiduciary responsibilities. To meet institutional investor demand, more Wall Street firms are shifting gears, attempting to create products to satisfy an environmental, social and governance (ESG) investor appetite. A number of asset managers like AXA Investment Managers use ESG factors in certain equity strategies.

#1. Goldman Sachs Asset Management Names ESG Head

At Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), Hugh Lawson was promoted in early June as the asset manager’s head of global environmental, social and governance efforts. In this new role, Lawson plans to work with the asset manager’s portfolio management team and sales team to develop GSAM’s ESG strategy, capabilities and offerings. Lawson will remain global head of institutional client strategy at GSAM; these ESG-related responsibilities were added to his role.

#2. Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable and Responsible Research Team

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