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Brooke Sutherland

What Does ESG Really Mean? Take Your Pick

In manufacturing, there's a risk of both too much hype and too rigid definitions. Either way, at least companies are talking more about ESG.

Should industrials get ESG points for trying?

Should industrials get ESG points for trying?

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These days, it's hard to find a manufacturing company that isn’t thinking about how to boost its appeal to socially and environmentally conscious investors. The sheer volume of sustainability commitments coming out of the industrial sector makes it difficult to parse which efforts are significant and which are more akin to checking a box. It’s easy to be skeptical. But with little collective agreement on what ESG actually means, there's also a risk that investors can miss important signs of progress in the pursuit of perfection.