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Texas’ ESG Attack Sweeps Up Some Funds That Aren’t Really ESG (1)

Oct. 1, 2022, 10:59 AM

A Texas statute targeting perpetrators of “ESG” includes a significant number of investment funds that don’t have a genuine environmental, social or governance focus.

Of the 348 funds singled out by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, 14% don’t qualify as ESG, according to an estimate by Morningstar Inc. What’s more, almost 40% invest in the oil and gas industry they’re accused of boycotting, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

It’s the latest counter-intuitive moment in an unlikely battle that has thrust a once obscure financial acronym into the center of American politics. Ironically, many of the firms and funds targeted by the ...