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Asia Inc. can take lessons from the West in thinking beyond profit

Hindustan Unilever tops Asian peers in ESG performance

Environmental responsibility is a key part of ESG investing. Asian companies must look beyond profitability and must pursue socially responsible behavior to continue drawing investors and achieve sustainable growth.

TOKYO -- Asian corporations still have much catching up to do to match their U.S. and European counterparts in achieving profit while maintaining socially and environmentally responsible corporate behavior, Nikkei has found.

When ranking large companies in terms of return on equity and environmental, social and governance [ESG] scores, only eight corporations in the Asia-Pacific region made the top 50. Among the top 100 so-called ROESG scores, 80% hailed from the West.

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