June 30

Viewpoint: Coronavirus Has Shown That Social-Impact Investing Is Here to Stay

By Alex Sauter

It’s hard to say definitively which companies are going to do well during the coronavirus pandemic. But those that do good are set to emerge stronger.

The COVID-19 shock will likely be seen as a turning point for investment in B Corps, companies that have opted to be legally bound to consider the impact of their business on employees, customers, suppliers, community and the environment.

Having emerged relatively recently, some market observers expected that in a downturn investors would dump socially conscious companies, viewing them as a nice-to-have but less reliable asset than traditional companies. I know several very smart financial professionals who expected it to be the same story this time.

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Source: Middle Market Growth (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, Environment, Impact Assessment, Investing
climate change, ESG, impact investing