What ESG Investing Is, And Why It Matters

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What are the big, important issues that matter the most to you? Do you often think about these things when looking into investment possibilities and decisions? 

ESG is investing with a cause — it stands for Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance. ESG investing is all about taking a good look at the underlying outlook, goals, and impact of a company in order to make a more informed or personally preferable decision about it and whether or not to invest in it. 

The local, national, and global community is often deeply affected by the ways in which organizations do business, and ESG investing advocates attempt to provide a way for investors to understand the companies they invest in on a deeper level. ESG investing aims to align different stakeholders and groups together toward an outlook focused not only on the financial bottom line but also on larger goals for good.

Supporting A Cause With Shares

A variety of initiatives and options exist for many different investment strategies and mindsets.  Sustainability, recycling, environmental considerations, and green energy commitments can be prioritized. Workplace culture, wage rates, hiring practices, diversity initiatives, and human capital are parts of many ESG strategies. There are many different ways for companies to show their mission toward their own ecosystem and the one around them that provide causes and ways for investors to get more involved and feel good about their investing decisions. 

Value Investing Meets Values Investing

ESG investing has become more and more popular over the years, and in the market, there has been a rise in specific causes tied to ETFs and other investment funds that provide a way for both cause-oriented investing along with diversification and sound financial analysis. 

One of these ETFs is the VictoryShares Top Veteran Employers ETF VTRN. VTRN is an exchange-traded fund that is focused on a collection of companies that are considered to be among the best in their treatment and support of veterans of the United States military. Companies who are selected for inclusion in this ETF support U.S. veterans through either veteran job recruitment & hiring, veteran employee development, and retention, or military spouse and family support. 

An ETF designed for investors looking to align their financial goals with social impact specifically for the men and women who served in the armed forces, VTRN tracks the Veterans Select Index, an index that measures the performance of companies that support U.S. veterans primarily through employment. Companies such as Southwest Airlines Co LUV, General Electric Company GE, and General Motors Company GM make up some of the members of the index. 

Investors looking to infuse their portfolio with a cause that is near and dear to them can look into ESG investing further to diversify not only their assets but also their impact.


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