Emerging new themes in environmental, social and governance investing

a systematic literature review

Dan Daugaard

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ESG investing is a large and influential industry. Its activities could be illuminated, appraised and improved by academic research. Unfortunately, research to-date has focused on measuring return performance. A wider range of topics is necessary before research can properly inform investors, companies and regulators. This paper contributes to the challenge by systematically exploring the literature to reveal a richer array of topics: the heterogeneous nature of ESG investing, its costs and motivations, and its management literature origins. In addition to these established topics, five emerging themes are identified: the human element, climate change, fund flows, fixed income and the rise of non-western players.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1530
Number of pages30
JournalAccounting & Finance
Issue number2
Early online date13 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • Bibliography analysis
  • Environmental, social and governance issues
  • Responsible investing
  • Socially responsible investing
  • Systematic literature review

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