“How screening can help stem risk in emerging markets” – Financial Times – May 14, 2018

In an article published on May 14, 2018 the Financial Times posits that “screening can help stem risk in emerging markets.”  The byline reads further:  “Environmental, social and governance filters can lessen the dangers in volatile areas.”

According to the article, “(i)n 2004, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was the first emerging market to introduce a sustainability index. This was followed by the Brazilian exchange in 2005, which later cited pressure from European investors as a factor in its positive take-up levels.

These exchanges help set the tone for corporate governance and reporting — which is improving. Of the 38 stock exchanges that produce guidance to listed companies on ESG reporting — which covers factors such as how companies are moving towards a sustainable business strategy — 22 are in emerging markets.”

Registered users may read the article on the Financial Times internet site.

“Roger Merz – ‘We look mainly at governance’” – finews – May 11, 2018

On May 11, 2018 Roger Merz, fund manager of an emerging markets fund at Vontobel, gave an interview to finews.ch-TV about the weighting of ESG criteria in investment decision-making.  According to Merz, “It would be more appropriate to turn ESG around and call it GSE.”

You may read more and watch the interview on the finews internet site.