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Biodiversity, Supply Chain Rank Among Biggest ESG Themes in 2021

The “S” in ESG has moved to forefront as investors press on diversity and racial equality.

Conference room in the forest

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In a year when the pandemic sent the world into a tailspin, there was a silver lining for the world of ESG investing.

The strategy moved from the peripheries of finance to the mainstream. So did many of the “S” issues that seasoned environmental, social and governance investors have for years pressed companies to address, such as racial disparities, worker pay and safety issues, and fair access to health care.