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Why investors need to seek out fresh ESG data — and embrace impact

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Roy Swan is director of Mission Investments at the Ford FoundationIn recent decades, the misconception that environmental, social, and governance factors and impact investing require concessionary returns has translated to short-term investment strategies that overlook positive social impact in the name of more guaranteed — albeit very finite — financial gain.

Many investment fund managers have mistakenly associated these investment strategies with underperformance or, worse, a breach of fiduciary duty.This...

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