Raising ESG issues on emerging markets
Palle Ellemann and Erik Alhøj i MaGESine 2012.
While Europe and the US are struggling with his- torical financial and economic problems, the pic- ture is more promising for the emerging markets. Despite the negative global impact from the ongoing European debt crisis, investing in emerging market equities has given the best return to investors on all assets, except for gold, during the past ten years. And all the top ten fastest growing economies in the com- ing years are emerging market economies.
Many institutional investors, however, still consider the emerging economies significantly more risky to invest in than the developed economies. One reason is the relatively high risk related to ESG issues like bribery and corruption, pollution, child labour and dependent board members.
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