On September 7, 2017 Livemint reported from Mumbai that “(s)tocks of Indian companies which are committed to mitigating risks arising from climate change have fared better this year. The BSE Carbonex index has climbed 23.16% in comparison with an 18.91% jump in the benchmark Sensex so far this year.
In the three-year period till 6 September, the Carbonex has jumped 26.72% and the Sensex gained 17.15%, belying the belief that socially responsible investments find it tough to generate long-term performance.”
The article includes a graph from Bloomberg comparing performance of the two indices and data about other ESG indices covering India.
According to Ved Malla, associate director, product management at S&P BSE Indices, “Green investment in India may be in a nascent stage, but it is evolving and expected to gain momentum in the coming years. Many stakeholders, including the government, corporations and market participants have become environmentally conscious and are looking to integrate environmental aspects of businesses in their mainstream investment strategies.”
You may read the article on the Livemint internet site.