Millennials Major Driver In Socially Conscious Investing (PGNRF, VKIN, CNHI, KIM)

ESG investing has been getting a great deal of news coverage over the last few years. One of the primary drivers of this market is millennials, who are looking to invest their money in a socially conscious manner. While recently there has been some critical commentary on this investment strategy, overall we believe money will continue to pour into.

What is an ESG?

An ESG company is one that incorporates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns into its primary business strategy. ESG businesses aim to have accountable and responsible leadership, as well as to be good corporate citizens and environmental stewards. 

These three main principles serve as the basis for an ESG:

  • Environmental: ESG companies are businesses that are focused on being sustainable, and have a positive impact on the Environment. This may include, corporate climate policies, waste and pollution, resource conservation, as well as the overall impact the industry has on the environment.
  • Social: Socially responsible companies are ones that promote ethical and socially conscious themes such as diversity, inclusion, involvement in the community, social justice, ethics, as well as combatting racial, gender, and sexual discrimination.
  • Governance: A company has good governance policies when they are transparent and accountable, and have committed to ethical business practices. This can include transparent accounting methods, integrity and diversity in leadership.

Looking to diversify your portfolio with some ESG investments? Here are 4 stocks that won’t break the bank

Pan Global Resources 

PGNRF is a junior resource company based in Vancouver that is actively engaged in base and precious metal exploration in southern Spain, as well as pursuing opportunities from exploration to mine development. The company recently announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact, or UNGC. Tim Moody, Pan Global President and CEO, states, “Pan Global’s participation in the United Nations Global Compact provides a clear statement of the ongoing commitment to fulfilling our ESG objectives and operating our business responsibly and sustainably for the benefit of all our stakeholders.” Pan Global will join more than 17,000 other companies in 177 countries, including many large and small mining companies, who have chosen to follow these important principles and objectives.”

Viking Energy Group Inc. 

VKIN provides an opportunity for investors to participate in the green, clean energy sector. Based in Houston, VKIN is a rare and attractive clean energy company that is compelling to the investor community for numerous reasons. James Doris, the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, sees the value of current energy sources as well as the need to look into the next generation of green technologies that can be used all over the world. Doris has positioned VKIN within multiple revenue streams by assembling a unique portfolio of innovative, ready-for-market technologies (commodity production/carbon capture; Open Conductor Detection; and Ozone Waste Treatment) are supported by a platform (Simson-Maxwell) that has been in use for over 80 years.

The company recently announced that its majority-owned subsidiary, Viking Ozone Technology, received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent & Trademark Office regarding its patent titled, “Multi-Chamber Medical Waste Ozone-Based Treatment Systems and Methods.” This pending patent relates to VKIN’s proprietary methods and devices for waste treatment, utilizing ozone technologies. The handling and disposal of healthcare-related waste requires increased attention and diligence to avoid adverse health outcomes.VKIN says it expects this technology to be utilized in waste and disposal systems in a broad range of industries, including hospitals, prisons, laboratories, military bases, and more. 

 While VKIN possesses conventional oil and gas assets worth $96 million, this company has considerably more to offer than a conventional, single-play energy corporation would normally have to offer. The goal of VKIN is to generate value by assembling a diversified portfolio of cutting-edge, environmentally friendly energy solutions, making VKIN an attractive play for those looking to get into the green, clean energy sector.

CNH INdustrial N.V. 

CNHI designs, produces, markets, sells, and finances agriculture and construction equipment, trucks, commercial vehicles, buses, and specialty vehicles across the globe. Earlier this year, CNHI doubled down on its commitment to a more sustainable future when it released the sixth edition of its companion guide, A Sustainable Year, highlighting a selection of sustainability initiatives it accomplished in 2021. Highlights include the company’s initiative to install solar panels on the rooftops of all industrial facilities by 2030 and its beach care project to combat plastic waste and increase awareness. Additionally, it describes the New Holland brand’s e-Source, a brand-new plug-in system that converts the mechanical energy produced by a tractor into electricity to power implements, lowering carbon emissions, raising safety standards, and saving fuel.

-Kimco Realty Corp. 

KIM, is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, including mixed-use assets. Kimco Realty has been committed to leadership in ESG practices for over a decade, Kimco has taken a holistic, stakeholder-driven approach to drive industry-leading innovation in the ESG space. “Over the last 12 months of stakeholder engagement, there has been an increased focus on addressing climate risk, and on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives – these are themes that are incorporated into the 16 ESG goals that we announced in early 2021. This past year, we focused on making meaningful progress towards those goals, and we put in place the infrastructure that would support our comprehensive efforts,” said Conor Flynn, Kimco’s Chief Executive Officer.

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