“Investors need to ask themselves what are they trying to do with their investments. There's a couple of places to go. You can invest in purely deep green, or you can invest in the messy middle,” said Regier.
Before investing in the “messy middle,” or companies transitioning to greener practices, investors must first investigate a company’s commitment to making lasting, long-term changes. Some companies may claim to be sustainable when their practices, in reality, are not.
To avoid this so-called greenwashing, Regier advises investors to take a closer look at a company’s balance sheets and the sustainability measures taken by the board of directors.
"Those are signs, from our experience in engagement with companies, that show who is serious and who is not," Regier said.
The article also discusses Praxis’ shareholder dialogue with the major gas and electric utility NiSource. Read more about the engagement here.