ESG rating linked to outperformance during pandemic, says Fidelity

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The recent period of market volatility as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has shocked in its severity, yet the broad-based sell-off did discriminate, according to data from Fidelity International. Each additional level (from A to E) of Fidelity's proprietary environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings was worth 2.8 percentage points of stock performance versus the index during recent volatility, according to the research. Fidelity carried out a performance comparison across more than 2,600 companies, using its proprietary sustainability rating system. The forward-looking r...

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Christopher Copper-Ind

Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.