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253. Controlling Society Through ESG Scores

July 24, 2020

After getting sidetracked on a conversation about COVID-19 and a weird Andrew Cuomo poster, the ITT crew discusses Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards.

Heartland's Donald Kendal, Justin Haskins, and Jim Lakely are joined by Isaac Orr in episode 253 of the In The Tank Podcast. After getting sidetracked on a conversation about COVID-19 and a weird Andrew Cuomo poster, the ITT crew discusses Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards. This set of criteria, while intending to incentivize companies to be “green,” has some major macroeconomic implications.

Weird Cuomo Poster
https://www.governor.ny.gov/new-york-tough-poster

 

ESG STANDARDS

Forbes – Major investors To Fed: Act On Climate Change or Face ‘Disastrous’ Economic Consequences
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2020/07/21/major-investors-to-fed-act-on-climate-change-or-face-disastrous-economic-consequences/#6c2ee9375acd

CEI – “Social Responsibility” Expectations for Business Pivot from Voluntary to Mandatory
https://cei.org/blog/social-responsibility-expectations-business-pivot-voluntary-mandatory

CEI – Secretary Scalia to Pension Funds: Manage for Returns, Not Virtue Signaling
https://cei.org/blog/secretary-scalia-pension-funds-manage-returns-not-virtue-signaling

WEF – Toward Common Metrics and Consistent Reporting of Sustainable Value Creation
http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_IBC_ESG_Metrics_Discussion_Paper.pdf

Heartland Institute – Fallacies of so-called ‘sustainable’ investments
https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/fallacies-of-so-called-sustainable-investments

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute and the host of Heartland's "In the Tank" podcast.
dkendal@heartland.org @InTheTankPod
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Justin Haskins is the Editorial Director and a Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute.
jhaskins@heartland.org @JustinTHaskins
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Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
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Jim Lakely is the Vice President and Director of Communications of The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely