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The Rule of Law and investor approaches to ESG: Discussion paper

Paul Lee

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) is an increasing focus for both companies and investors; this paper argues that Rule of Law also needs to be, in order to support and reinforce the approach to ESG issues.

The author attempts to draw out the interdependence between economic prosperity, long-term investment and ESG, and the Rule of Law. It offers investors insights into the ways in which their ESG activities already interact with Rule of Law concepts and delivery. It seeks to develop ways in which this background issue can be brought more into the foreground of investor and company ESG activities. Not least, it puts forward some key questions that can be built into the interactions between different players in the investment chain, and between company directors and management, to build further understanding and encourage greater underpinning of Rule of Law globally.

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