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 - Your Second Nature & IEN Teams
Thursday, February 25 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Avoiding Greenwashing: Identifying True Integration in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Investing

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Session Description:

By now almost everyone has heard of the benefits of integrating environmental and social considerations into how investment managers assess the viability of a company’s business model and the quality of its governance. But with the explosion of managers who are describing their strategy as an ESG strategy, how do we know which ones are taking advantage of a seeming trend and which ones have truly developed expertise in this area?  How do we avoid greenwashing? Come hear from managers who will provide concrete examples of the way ESG is integrated into their investment decisions.

Some Key Takeaways from this session:

What are some of the elements that mark an active investment manager that is incorporating ESG into their investment strategy?
  • Demonstrate intentionality about investing in companies that will benefit from and contribute to sustainable development
  • have long investment time horizons - 7 or more years
  • consider the intersection of environmental, governance & social factors in their approach
  • engage in dialogue, and if necessary collective pressure with other investors, to change corporate behavior to reduce a company’s negative impact on society and to enhance the value of the company
  • adapt and enhance currently available ESG metrics into their analysis
  • ability to identify the issues with ESG data and limitations of knowledge and work to both resolve those issues and invest actively to resolve those problems
consider and engage companies on their impact on all stakeholders, not just shareholders

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Madeline Clark

Associate Investment Director, Cambridge Associates

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Natasha Landell-Mills

Partner & Head of Stewardship, Sarasin Asset Management
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Kevin Walkush

Portfolio Manager, Jensen Investment Management
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Lorna Logan

Analyst, Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors
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Anne Matusewicz

Responsible Investment Strategist, Eaton Vance

Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST