The GOP has been pushing back against the rise of ‘woke’ ESG investing for some time now, and it appears that their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. ESG, or Environmental, Social and Governance investing, has become increasingly popular in recent years as investors look to put their money into companies that promote sustainability, ethical practices, and good corporate governance.
However, the GOP has been critical of ESG investing, arguing that it is a form of political investing that goes beyond the traditional financial considerations of investing. They have argued that it could lead to a situation where investors are choosing companies based on their political leanings, rather than their financial performance.
Now, it appears that the GOP’s pushback is having an effect. A recent report from the Wall Street Journal found that ESG investing is beginning to slow down, with the amount of money invested in ESG funds dropping from $22.9 billion in 2019 to $19.3 billion in 2020.
At the same time, the report found that the amount of money invested in so-called “socially responsible” funds, which are not necessarily ESG-focused, has increased significantly. These funds focus on traditional financial considerations, such as profitability and risk, but also take into account social and environmental factors.
This suggests that investors are beginning to recognize the potential risks of ESG investing, and are instead opting for a more balanced approach. This could be seen as a victory for the GOP, who have been vocal in their criticism of ESG investing.
It remains to be seen whether this trend will continue, but it does appear that the GOP’s pushback against ESG investing is beginning to have an effect. This could be good news for those who are concerned about the potential risks of ESG investing, and could lead to a more balanced approach to investing in the future.