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Jon Hale: ESG Is a Paradigm Shift

Our global ESG research leader on how sustainable investing has evolved and what comes next as it goes mainstream.

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Our guest this week is Jon Hale, Morningstar's head of sustainability research. In that role, he directs our research into the environmental, social, and governance investing practices of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. An incisive analyst and writer, Hale authors the biweekly "Sustainability Matters" column on He's regularly quoted by the media on ESG matters and speaks often on sustainable investing at industry conferences and other events. Prior to assuming his current role, Hale held a number of other leadership positions in Morningstar's research and investment management divisions, most recently serving as head of manager research in North America. Hale, who holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma and his doctorate at Indiana University. We're pleased to have him as our guest.


Jon Hale bio 

"Sustainability Matters" columns

Hale's "The ESG Advisor" blog 

Morningstar's Approach to Assessing ESG

Morningstar Sustainability Rating methodology


Investor Interest and Demand

"Sustainable Fund Flows in 2019 Smash Previous Records," by Jon Hale,, Jan. 10, 2020.

Morgan Stanley's "Sustainable Signals" survey


Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

TIAA-CREF Social Choice Bond TSBRX