Video: Demystifying ESG from Investor and Investee Perspectives: panel discussion

Demystifying ESG from Investor and Investee Perspectives: panel discussion from The Sustainability Report on Vimeo.

 

The growing intersection of current trends on Passive, Factor and Sustainability driven investing makes a vital contribution to the ability of investors to develop policies along Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) objectives.

While the interest in ESG factors among mainstream investors is growing, there is often confusion about how they incorporate these metrics into their analysis and investment decisions. At the same time, companies are asked to provide a wealth of ESG data, either in their public reporting or to specialist ESG rating providers. But what ESG information is crucial and material to both investors and investees?

Rachel Alembakis, publisher of The Sustainability Report, recently moderated a panel discussion covering these questions, sponsored by S&P Dow Jones Indices in association with the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA).

The discussion was opened by Michael Orzano, Head of Equity Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, followed by a presentation on trends in ESG investment by Martina Macpherson, Global Head of ESG Indices, Product Management at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

A panel of experts then analysed important issues for investors and companies, including the value of gender diversity, the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the value of engagement with internal and external stakeholders. The panel included:

  • Yolanda Beattie, Diversity and Inclusion Practice Leader, Mercer
  • Terence Jeyaretnam, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services Ernst & Young
  • Martina Macpherson, Global Head of ESG Indices, Product Management, S&P Dow Jones Indices

The panel was closed by AIRA Immediate Past Chairman Warwick Bryan

Rachel Alembakis

Rachel Alembakis

Publisher/Editor at The Sustainability Report
Rachel Alembakis has published The Sustainability Report since 2011. She has more than a decade of experience writing about institutional investments and pension funds for a variety of publications.
Rachel Alembakis

Author: Rachel Alembakis

Rachel Alembakis has published The Sustainability Report since 2011. She has more than a decade of experience writing about institutional investments and pension funds for a variety of publications.

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