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ESG factors mattering more in emerging market investments

MSCI's research head says governance is primary concern with Asian companies

MSCI's Linda-Eling Lee speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review during an interview in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- When assessing a company's performance, investors are increasingly concerned about factors that do not appear on the financial statements -- environmental, social and corporate governance risks.

Linda-Eling Lee, global head of ESG research at U.S. securities index provider MSCI, said those criteria matter a lot when investing in companies in emerging markets as "higher-rated ESG companies do tend to be demonstrating stronger risk management."

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