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Lauren Taylor Wolfe says it's just too risky for investors to ignore ESG amid recent pushback

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(Click here to subscribe to the Delivering Alpha newsletter.) According to Deloitte, global ESG assets under professional management could be worth $80 trillion by 2024.

But this growth in popularity combined with a global energy crisis has the sector facing increasing polarization. Critics worry that capital dedicated to ESG investments will further one value system at the expense of others.

Lauren Taylor Wolfe co-founded Impactive Capital, an activist investment management firm focused on ESG investing for the long run.

She sat down with CNBC's Delivering Alpha newsletter to share why she thinks bans on ESG investing could be too risky and how understanding environmental, social, and governance risks is ultimately good for businesses. (The below has been edited for length and clarity.

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