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The Sustainability Report moderated this live panel debate examining how and to what extent superannuation funds are integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process. Institutional investors are becoming increasingly aware of the potential risk and value impact of ESG factors. Integrating ESG into the investment process is also the guiding principle behind the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), which is increasingly mandated and scrutinized by asset owners. According to the PRI, as of April 2013 assets under management by PRI signatories stands at USD 32 trillion, up from USD 4 trillion as of the PRI’s launch in 2006. With 42 asset owner signatories and 85 asset manager signatories in Australasia, ESG integration should be a given, and this panel examines, among other issues, why the broad adoption of ESG not been quicker.
The panel was sponsored by MSCI. Moderated by Rachel Alembakis, Publisher of The Sustainability Report, the panel featured Kelly Christodoulou, ESG Manager, Investments, Australian Super, Michael Salvatico, Vice President, MSCI ESG Research, Roger Urwin, Advisory Director, MSCI; Global head of Investment Content, Towers, and Bob Welsh, Executive Director, Sustainability Advisers; President, Environment Protection Board Victoria.