Why and How Might Investors Respond to Economic Inequality?

October 2016
This discussion paper, written for a series of international PRI Roundtables in Japan, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the US, examines growing economic inequality, its impacts on economic growth, and how investors can respond.  Inequality, in some ways, is a  parallel to climate change in terms of responsible investment, emerging as a paradigmatic instance of the S in ESG, as climate risk is to the E.  Calls for investors to address inequality, perhaps most prominently in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, are bringing heightened attention to this issue.  This paper is a tool for investors to think about economic inequality in a fiduciary context.