New York – Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are currently facing a contradictory reality. On the one hand, the political environment seems to be supportive of ESG advancement with the new US administration announcing “concrete actions” towards ESG development (e.g. diminishing gas emissions or investment in clean technology and employment). On the other hand, the financial institutions seem to be withdrawing from this space with large firms cutting down their ESG research offerings. Within this tense environment in the ESG arena, the Third Annual Forum on Responsible Investing, hosted in New York City by Institutional Investor Events, is a timely event that will deliver insight into the intricacies of this space.
The Forum this year is titled ESG on the Ground: Enhancing Profitability Through Sustainable Investing. Its various panels include analysis and discussions on ESG research, fiduciary duty, corporate sustainability, risk-return correlations, and reporting metrics for ESG portfolios, among other RI topics.
ESG research, specifically, will be addressed in a session titled View from the Trenches: Examining How Asset Managers are Achieving ESG Integration Through their Research and Investment Processes. This session offers concrete examples of how investors are using ESG research in processes such as quantitative models, portfolio management, and performance measurement. Panelists in this session include Simmon Thomas, from TRUCOST, Benjamin Bingham, from Benchmark Asset Managers LLC, and Marc Fox, from GS Sustain.
“The forum is one of the strongest events on Responsible Investment and it has a great reputation around the world,” said Joanna Randell, Conference Producer at Institutional Investor Events. “Top level professionals from financial institutions in the Americas and Europe are coming to New York to listen to knowledgeable speakers.”
Speakers and panelists include not only investors and research providers with extensive experience on ESG issues, but also representatives from international organizations and academic institutions dedicated to ESG advancement. The keynote speech will be given by John G. Ruggie, Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Business and Human Rights and professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School. Mr. Ruggie will talk on the role of corporations in international human rights.
The Forum will promote interactive dialogue between attendants and guest speakers. This offers an opportunity to further the understanding on the most updated trends in the ESG space.