Climate change was already driving growing interest in ESG factors. The experience of lockdowns and social distancing has further emphasised the impact we are having on the environment. Investors are responding by seeking out firms that are involved in eco-friendly technologies and apply social responsibility and sustainability to their policies and practices. Forward thinking asset managers are already integrating ESG factors into their portfolio selections and using ESG indices as a part of their decision-making process. Early adopters are likely to gain a clear advantage and access to a reliable source of ESG indices, with smooth integration with other financial models is set to be a new paradigm in the investment industry.
Points of discussion to include:
- How far are we from ESG investing moving from the ‘nice to do niche’ to the ‘need to have mainstream’
- How have the drivers for ESG engagement changed over the years
- Has Covid-19 accelerated the trend towards stronger ESG practices, governance and integration or will ESG take a back seat as companies, investors and regulators adjust to the new reality
- What are the main criticisms of ESG Reporting and what are the solutions?
- How far will regulation be needed to force ESG to be a part of the fabric of investing?
- Crystal ball time, where will ESG be in 5 years’ time?
- Andy Pitts-Tucker, Managing Director, Apex ESG Ratings
- Lucian Firth, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
- Moderator: Will Chignell, Chief Commercial Officer, Apex ESG Ratings
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