Why ESG is more important now than ever
- 21.04.2020 03:59 pm
Stakeholders need to survive, and these stakeholders are represented in ESG. The current pandemic is highlighting this fact with significant E, S and G related decisions being made daily including everything from executive pay, dividends and share buybacks, to employee healthcare, employee lay-offs, and even food insecurity.
It is no wonder that companies and investors who are further along their ESG journey have fared better in recent weeks and are forecast to do so over the coming months and into the recovery period. There can be no doubt of the materiality of ESG and the need for all investors to understand the practical steps involved in incorporating ESG factors into decision-making.
I strongly believe that throughout this difficult period, the ESG conversation needs to continue down the practical path which has seen its resonance extend into the mainstream. To this end, we, Reuters Events, have assembled the exclusive insights of industry leaders: SASB, Boston Consulting Group, UBS, Oliver Wyman, CERES, Inter-American Development Bank, Emerging Markets Investor Alliance, Sustainable Governance Partners, NDC Partnership.
See below our series of free webinars
1) ESG in Emerging Markets: How will Emerging Markets Countries and Companies Fight Coronavirus and Climate Change? Tuesday, April 28th (9:30 EDT/14:30 BST) Register here
Do Emerging Markets have the fiscal space to combat both a recession, Covid-19 and Climate Change?
- The environmental and social best practices companies and investors should use to address environmental challenges
- What is the role of the investment community to guide, and benefit from, post Covid-19 fiscal stimulus packages?
- Discuss how a green infrastructure spending boom can revive growth and deliver financial returns in the wake of Covid-19
- Claire Meier Underhill, Director, UK Operations, Emerging Markets Investors Alliance
- Fergus McCormick, Director & Head of Research, Emerging Markets Investors Alliance
- Jahan Chowdhury, Country Engagement Director, NDC Partnership
- Gianleo Frisari, Climate Change Economist, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
2) ESG and Sustainable investing in the midst of Covid-19: Thursday, April 30th (9:30 EDT/14:30 BST) Register here
To what extent is the investment community staying the ESG course? Discuss the impact Covid-19 is having on the sustainable investing conversation, and the practical next steps for the investment community.
- With ESG trends still present and pressing, explore the dangers of a reduction in ESG attention within the investment and corporate communities
- Understand how the conversation is evolving in global markets; Insights from Europe, North America, and Asia.
- Practical guidance for greater fiduciary responsibility; Should investors priorities speed of restoring operational capacity, or can this be an opportunity to reassess operations through ESG consideration to enable long-term investment security?
- Veronica Chau, Partner and Director, Sustainable Investing and Social Impact, Boston Consulting Group
- Jessica Strine, CEO & Managing Partner, Sustainable Governance Partners
- Sacha Sadan, Director of Corporate Governance, LGIM
- Xavier Desmadryl, Global Head of ESG Research, HSBC
Head of ESG Investment – Reuters Events