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Top ESG Stocks and Why You Should Invest

|| Guest Blog: Morgan Van Eck ||

As our social climate changes, so has our investing landscape. Not only do you want to make your money work for you, but you may also have ethical considerations you want fulfilled. There are so many ways to create change in our lives, and the lives of others, why not utilize investing in creating those changes?

ESG or Environmental, Social, and Governance practices of investing are performance-driven stocks that are also socially responsible. So if you invest in ESG stocks, you are investing your money with companies making strides to change problems like Climate Change or to promote diversity, equality, and inclusion in the workplace. You can feel good knowing these companies are working towards renewable energy, reducing their carbon footprint, or working towards equality. 

Climate Change Considerations 

The idea behind using investing in affecting climate change is to not invest in companies involved with fossil fuels. It’s the same concept of using the power of a vote or where you shop to send a message. You can also use where you’re investing your money to make that same point. By making that conscious choice to invest in companies using or creating renewable energy sources we take money away from the fossil fuel industry and help to grow these more ethically inclined energy sources. The intention being that the need for fossil fuels is slowly faded out as more renewable energy options become available.  

When looking for companies committed to climate change, there are multiple factors you want to look at when making your decision. First, make sure they aren’t utilizing fossil fuels to conduct their business, nor are they producing them. You can also avoid companies that manufacture products used mostly by the fossil fuel industry. Focusing instead on companies involved in clean or renewable energy. Companies taking the time to reduce their carbon footprint are also strategic places to invest. 

There are lots of options for investing to help make a difference in the Climate Change problem. The great thing about making a choice to invest in ESG stocks is you can feel good about what you’re doing with your money while still making it work for you.  

Companies to consider investing in if you’re looking for climate change or renewable energy as an investing focus: 

  • Applied Materials, Inc – NASDAQ: AMAT
  • Brookfield Renewable Partners: NYSE: BEP
  • Enviva Partners:  NYSE: EVA
  • NextEra Energy: NYSE: NEE
  • Renewable Energy Group: NASDAQ: REGI
  • TPI Composites: NASDAQ: TPIC
  • Transalta: NYSE: TAC 

Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion Considerations

Not only are companies who focus on diversifying their workforce improving their company with the advantages diversity can bring but they are also in a good position for a long term sustainable model for their business growth and earnings. Ethnicities that were previously considered minorities are projected to surpass current percentages, and the “white” percentage of the population will no longer be the most significant percentage according to the 2055 projection. (World Population Review, 2020)  

This projected diversity will change the dynamics of hiring pools, and the companies that are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace are going to be poised to have the most sustainable model for their businesses. Placing them in an ideal position to get you the best return on your investment as well as being an ethically sound decision. 

Look for companies who are openly committed to diversity goals or who have received recognition for surpassing their peers in their inclusion/ diversity efforts. You can also look at their diversity across the board, is upper management as diversified as the other levels? Their policies can also be a good reflection of their attempts to include and consider a diverse workforce. Do they offer parental leave instead of maternity leave? Do they have programs to hire and train entry-level positions from communities that are underserved? Their overall commitment to the communities they are a part of, their customers, and their employees are great reflections of their commitment to diversity and ethics. 

Companies to consider investing in if you’re looking for diversity, equality, and inclusion as an investing focus:  

  • General Mills, Inc.: NYSE: GIS
  • Gilead Sciences: NASDAQ: GILD
  • Keysight Technologies, Inc: NYSE: KEYS
  • Microsoft: NASDAQ: MSFT
  • NVIDIA Corporation: NASDAQ: NVDA
  • Salesforce.com: NYSE: CRM
  • Siemens: OTCMKTS: SIEGY
  • Proctor and Gamble Company: NYSE: PG

It’s these types of companies that help drive change in our communities and the business world. Supporting these businesses by targeting your investments can help show your support for change. But they are also the right places to invest because ethically conscious companies are going to consider all parts of their business model, including their shareholders. 

If climate change is an important issue for you, you can read more about the best stocks here, ones focused on renewable energy here, and you can also check out some of the other ESG stocks here

Investing in these types of stocks is a great way to make your money work for you while also allowing you to feel good about your investments. Knowing your choices can help clean up the environment and affect change in businesses across the country are not just investments in stocks but your future and the change you want to see in your world.

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Morgan Van Eck is a freelance copywriter with over eight years of experience offering copywriting solutions to entrepreneurs and business owners. Morgan uses her skills and experience with copywriting to help free others in their businesses so they can focus on what matters in their lives. You can learn more about Morgan and her services at her website, writingfree.net 

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