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“PROOF OF CONCEPT” FOR SUSTAINABLE INVESTING? Barron’s Weighs In With Inaugural List of Top 100 Sustainable Companies

February 7, 2018

The Influential Barron’s Publication Continues Its Focus on Sustainable Investing, Names the Inaugural Roster of “The Top 100 Sustainable Companies — Big Corporations With The Best ESG Policies Have Been Beating the Stock Market.”

Barron’s, owned by the Dow Jones organization, has long been one of the most influential, best-read of investor-focused publications (in both print and digital formats).The current issue of Barron’s (dated February 5th) has a feature article and comprehensive charting with this cover description:  “The Top 100 Sustainable Companies – Big Corporations With the Best ESG Policies Have Been Beating the Market.”

We should consider this as a Proof of Concept approach:  The S&P 500® Index Companies returned 22% for the year 2017 — and the Barron’s Top 100 Sustainable Companies average return was 29%.

The companies were ranked in five categories considering 300 performance indicators.

Barron’s editors asked Calvert Research and Management (now operating as a unit of Eaton Vance), to develop the inaugural list of the 100 top U.S. companies from the universe of 1,000 largest publicly-held companies…

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