Friends With Money #34: The ESG myths


This week on the Friends With Money podcast we debunk the myths surrounding ESG and get to the heart of whether or not investing in an environmental, socially responsible, and good governance portfolio is worth your time and money.

Money's managing editor, Julia Newbould, is joined by Fidelity's director of sustainable investing, Daniela Jaramillo, to discuss this widely misunderstood method of investing. They discuss:

  • What is ESG?
  • Is it a worthwhile investment strategy?
  • How can you compare funds and what are the risks?

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Julia Newbould was editor-at-large and later managing editor of Money from November 2019 to February 2022. She was previously editor of Financial Planning and Super Review magazines; managing editor at InvestorInfo and at Morningstar Australia. Julia co-authored The Joy of Money, a book on women and personal finance. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney where she serves on the alumni council.

Daniela joined Fidelity in 2021 as the director of sustainable investing. Prior to that, she was a senior responsible investment adviser at HESTA, where she set up the investor group of 40:40 Vision, an initiative to achieve gender balance in executive leadership. Daniela has held roles in responsible investment across the UK (Legal and General) and US (Wespath Benefits and Investments) before settling in Australia. She is a non-executive director at RIAA (Responsible Investment Association Australasia) and was a member of the PRI Stewardship Advisory Committee between 2017 and 2021. Originally from Ecuador, Daniela's career began as one of the founding members of a not for profit focusing on improving education and health outcomes in the region. Daniela holds an MSc. in Environment and Development from London School of Economics and a B.A in Journalism from Universidad San Francisco de Quito.