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In One Chart: The U.S. ranks near the bottom on this sustainability scorecard

The U.S. is making strides in adopting environmentally friendly technologies and supporting other sustainable trends, but it still has a way to go relative to other countries.

According to fund-research firm Morningstar, which analyzed dozens of countries across the globe on a variety of ESG—or environmental, social and governance—metrics, the U.S. is closer to the back of the pack in terms of its sustainability score. While it beats a number of emerging markets, including China, it significantly lags most European countries, and even trails a number of Latin American countries.

“One common assumption is that sustainability is a luxury that only rich countries can afford,” wrote Dan Lefkovitz, an index strategist at Morningstar.

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