Thought Leadership Highlights

Published in The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing, "From SRI to ESG: The Origins of Socially Responsible and Sustainable Investing"

It may be surprising to some that SRI has been around for decades, and ESG arrived in the mid-2000s. Inside this research paper published in The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing, “From SRI to ESG: The Origins of Socially Responsible and Sustainable Investing,” Bailard’s Blaine Townsend, CIMC®, CIMA®, EVP and Director of Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing, explores the history of SRI and ESG investing.

Published in Fast Company, "Your thinking about ESG is all wrong. Here’s what it’s really about"

In a byline published in Fast Company, Blaine Townsend, EVP and Director of Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing at Bailard, penns “Pushback from policymakers on ESG are conflating certain social issues in society with ESG investing. But ESG is not about ideology; rather, ESG is about data. Attacks on ESG lean heavily on false economics and myths.”

Responsibility in Business Does Matter

In the spring of 1972, the heads of Alcoa, General Motors, and U.S. Steel formed Business Roundtable (BR) – a not-for-profit trade organization for big business in America. For the next half century, BR advocated for lower taxes, weaker labor unions, and free-trade agreements. It opened its arms and warmly embraced economist Milton Friedman’s ethos that maximizing shareholder value was the prima facie of a capitalist democracy. Then, something funny happened on the way to the second decade of this century. BR issued a statement, signed by all the 181 CEO members, which said looking at broader stakeholder issues was actually the prudent thing to do.

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