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Legg Mason: ESG: Conservation Can Create Capital

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11 Dec 2018

Legg Mason: ESG: Conservation Can Create Capital

Water conservation and stewardship initiatives are helping companies from manufacturing to consumer goods to gain competitive advantages and manage future risks.

As the challenges facing our environment become more serious and far-reaching, public companies are stepping up in their conservation efforts and partnering with governmental and other organizations to help develop solutions. The introduction of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 formalized these broad challenges and offer a practical framework to complement and support the environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations we analyze in our fundamental research.

Many of the 17 SDGs address areas where progress can improve the sustainability of the planet, including climate change and conservation. We believe integrating business practices with the management of natural resources can have positive impacts not only on the environment but also the financial results of companies that adopt a sustainable agenda.

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