As “sin” stocks and “brown” stocks generally earn higher returns than “green” stocks, fund managers face a trade-off between profitability and sustainability preferences when investing in environmental, social and governance (ESG). We explore the investment styles of ESG funds in the Chinese A-share market and analyze the behavior of ESG funds in terms of asset allocation and portfolio adjustment. We find that ESG funds prefer stocks with high return performance over stocks with high ESG performance. Textual analyses of prospectuses reveal a degree of “greenwashing” behavior by ESG funds. Overall, we show that ESG funds not purely ESG-driven.
Yi Fan ;
Yang Gao ;
ESG or Profitability? What ESG Mutual Funds Really Care About Most （2023年03月23日）http://www.cfrn.com.cn//lw/gsjr/gszllw/ba967fdd2c1f4896ad7f00a3c61eee8d.htm