Are All ESG Funds Created Equal? Only Some Funds Are Committed
62 Pages Posted: 26 May 2022 Last revised: 11 Jul 2023
Date Written: March 15, 2022
ESG funds are not all equal: there is significant heterogeneity in incentives of fund managers to engage with portfolio firms. We argue that differences in incentives affect ESG-related information acquisition, investment strategies, engagement activities, and impact of ESG funds. Our findings support these predictions. Conditional on similarly large ESG investments, those funds with higher incentives to engage with portfolio firms, committed ESG funds, differ significantly from other ESG funds along each of these dimensions. Moreover, committed ESG funds have outperformed other ESG funds on their ESG holdings. Our findings highlight that committed ESG funds view ESG as a value driver.
Keywords: mutual funds, ESG
JEL Classification: G11, G30
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