Undergraduate Honors Thesis Projects

Date of Award

Spring 4-23-2020

Document Type

Honors Paper

Degree Name

Business Analytics-BS


Business, Accounting, & Economics


Dr. Kyriacos Aristotelous

First Committee Member

Dr. Dennis Whalen

Second Committee Member

Dr. John Tansey


Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Investing, Stock Return, Regression Analysis, Sustainability, Business Analytics, Econometrics

Subject Categories

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Business Analytics | Business Intelligence | Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Finance and Financial Management


Using a random sample of 184 companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, this paper investigates the impact of Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investing on a company’s stock return. The results show that ESG investing has a positive and statistically significant impact on a company’s stock return. An increase in one ESG rating leads to an increase between 0.4% and 3.6% in the return of a company’s stock. Additionally, the results show that individual ESG factors are each statistically insignificant. This indicates that the three ESG factors need to be viewed together rather than individually. Lastly, the results show that a five-year average ESG rating has a statistically insignificant effect on stock returns, showing that ESG investing only has a positive and significant impact on stock returns in a one-year time period.