Legitimacy and the extraordinary growth of ESG measures and metrics in the global investment management industry

Gordon L. Clark, Adam D. Dixon*

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Abstract

ESG metrics are increasingly important in the global investment management industry. Why this came to pass given the limited appetite for responsible investing in the industry is the subject of this paper. Although the business case for ESG provides an explanation for its increasing uptake whereby market actors are increasingly convinced of the merits of ESG as a profit centre, this explanation is insufficient. By contrast, the adoption the ESG programme offers a means of rewriting the terms of risk management and value creation that while grounded in the business case also serve to address challenges to the legitimacy of the global asset management industry. These developments are illustrated in a case study of the establishment and growth of TruCost and its purchase by S&P Global in 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-661
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space
Volume56
Issue number2
Early online date28 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Asset management
  • ESG metrics
  • finance
  • legitimacy
  • sustainable finance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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