A Sign the ESG Movement Is Too Big to Ignore: There’s Backlash
In the waning days of the Trump administration, several agencies are pushing back on the notion that corporations should prioritize anything other than profits.
By Peter Coy, December 22, 2020, 2:00 AM PST
The legal principle that corporate boards must focus exclusively on maximizing value for shareholders wasn’t always taken for granted. It was enshrined in a 1919 court decision involving Henry Ford and two of his car company’s shareholders, the Dodge brothers. . .
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The profitable parts of it are already being done willingly, or at least could be done soon. The resistance, political and otherwise, is to the unprofitable parts. “You can’t get away from the idea that ESG takes away from profitability,” says Wayne Winegarden, a senior fellow in business and economics at the free-market Pacific Research Institute. “In that type of environment you’re talking about political issues, not economic issues.”
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