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Today, there is an explosion of interest in using investment capital to align with values. In the last two years, inflows into ESG funds had a 10-fold growth to $51.1 billion. And the best news for investors? An expanding body of data reports that ESG investments actually outperform, such as in 2020, when 25 of the 26 ESG equity index funds tracked by Morningstar beat the benchmark for their category.

Jean Case breaks down these data points during her recent conversation with Steve Clemons at The Hill’s “ESG + Corporate Responsibility in America” event. She notes that many are feeling empowered and asking, “How can I use my capital to do much more than just give me a financial return?” Watch the short segment to learn more about the momentum in ESG and impact investing.

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