Will “long-term ESG” focus make companies fodder for activists?

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– Debate is ongoing about whether a longer-term sustainability outlook by companies makes them more vulnerable to activists

Here is an excerpt from this Forbes article entitled “Do Hedge Funds Create Value? 3 Lessons From Danone And Unilever” by Tima Bansal:

Hedge funds are likely to target corporations that are socially responsible, especially when the company stands above its peers – as was the case with Danone and Unilever. These hedge-funds managers see an opportunity to score quick financial wins. They strip companies of seemingly unnecessary expenditures, such as Danone’s investments in low-carbon technologies and regenerative agriculture.

The comments posted on this note about the article are worth reading…