While doubts about the reliability of ESG ratings persist, Kroll, a financial advisory firm that focuses on governance, risk and transparency, has published a 105-page report that says companies with higher ESG ratings “generally outperformed” those with lower ratings during the nine-year period ended Dec. 31, 2021.
In its study, Kroll examined more than 13,000 companies across a variety of geographies and industries around the globe. The researchers focused on the relationship between a company’s total stock returns—dividends plus capital appreciation—and the ESG rating issued by MSCI Inc. over the 2013-2021 period.
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