What ESG Investing Means at Northwestern Mutual
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ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance. Terms like ESG, responsible investing, and sustainable investing are often mentioned interchangeably, and they all describe the increasing use of ESG criteria to make investment decisions. ESG measures the commitment that companies have in doing business in an environmentally conscious and socially responsible manner, while upholding a high level of corporate governance integrity. The goal of ESG investing is to align investments with ESG goals and generate attractive returns.Get started
Investors are increasingly incorporating some or all ESG criteria into their investment decisions to reach both personal and financial goals. No matter your ESG goals, here are some factors for each ESG pillar that you can consider for your portfolio:
The focus here is the impact a company's operations (manufacturing, supply chain, etc.) has on things like climate change and carbon emissions, air and water quality, land management, energy efficiency, and waste management.
This looks at how a company's board and management drive positive change for factors that can include the structure of the audit committee, diversity of leadership, executive compensation, relationship with shareholders, and lobbying or political activities.
In today's competitive environment, companies that take ESG considerations into account can better position themselves to make a positive impact on their bottom line by:
ESG mutual funds group shares of publicly-traded companies that adhere to environmental, social, and corporate governance principles. They can be a great way to add diversity to your portfolio and have investments that reflect your values.
We offer many ESG investing options, each strives to create positive, risk-adjusted, long-term outcomes. Our ESG portfolios integrate ESG principles into our time-tested, disciplined approach to investing. Starting with our capital market assumptions, we integrate ESG principles into our asset allocation models to create diversified investment portfolios that include mutual funds, ETFs, and individual securities to help advance your ESG goals.
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As a company, our commitment to socially responsible investing began in 2003. We allocated a percentage of our insurance general account (the pool of premiums received from policyowners used to pay claims and benefits) to an ESG style of investing. Today, we hold nearly $20 billion in these investments, more than 5 percent of our total general account portfolio, and will continue to expand that commitment.Our ESG report
Our financial advisors will help you figure out if an ESG investing strategy is the right move to help you reach your investment goals.
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