JUNE 17, 2023
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, disapproves of the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) framework used to evaluate companies' sustainability and ethical practices.
He highlighted the concerning trend where tobacco companies receive higher ESG ratings than Tesla, despite the harmful impact of cigarettes on public health.
ESG ratings are meant to guide socially responsible investing, but critics argue that the current framework should properly assess companies based on their social contributions.
This leads to tobacco companies, which contribute to millions of deaths annually, receiving higher ESG ratings than electric car manufacturer Tesla.
The discrepancy between ESG ratings and the societal impact of industries has raised questions about the system's effectiveness.
How can an industry that causes significant harm, like cigarettes, be considered more ethical than environmentally conscious electric cars?
Elon Musk's criticism highlights the need to reevaluate the ESG framework to ensure it accurately reflects companies' true social responsibility.
The current system's shortcomings raise concerns about the validity of ESG ratings and the potential for "greenwashing" in socially responsible investing.