Stories by Jennifer A. Kingson

A "wake-up call" to corporate executives

Man who looks like a corporate executive holding a small Earth-shaped ball and pointing to it.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new report shows the skyrocketing importance of "ESG" issues — environmental, social and governance concerns — among institutional investors, who place big financial bets on companies.

Why it matters: Long considered a money-losing nicety, ESG is rapidly going mainstream. The Edelman poll of big investors found that 52% said they'd put more trust in a company that linked executive compensation to ESG goals — like data privacy and cybersecurity, diversity and inclusion, and fighting global warming.

Boom times expected for U.S. commercial real estate

Illustration of a "sold" sign with ribbons, bunting, and balloons.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

2020 could be "one of the strongest years on record" for the U.S. commercial real estate industry, according to a market outlook released Wednesday by CBRE, the world's biggest commercial real estate servicer and investment firm.

Why it matters: Commercial real estate activity tends to be a leading economic indicator, and growth in the sector translates to more jobs and investments in local communities.

Boom times expected for U.S. commercial real estate

Illustration of a retail sign
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Next year could be "one of the strongest years on record" for the U.S. commercial real estate industry, according to a market outlook released Wednesday by CBRE, the world's biggest commercial real estate servicer and investment firm.

Why it matters: Commercial real estate activity is a leading economic indicator, and growth in the sector translates to more jobs and investments in local communities.