ESG, or responsible investing, has increasingly become a prevalent topic of conversation for investors, especially over the past 3 years. $21 trillion of assets are now invested in ESG or sustainable strategies globally in aggregate. Asset owners are becoming more and more aware of sustainability issues and their perception of responsibility for stewardship.
Michael Lewis is a Managing Director, Head of ESG Thematic Research for Deutsche Asset Management and is based in London. He joined the Company in 1990. Prior to his current role, Michael was Global Head of Commodities Research in the Corporate Banking & Securities division. Before this, he was a G10 FX strategist and Deputy Head of FX Research at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. Michael began his career as a research analyst covering Global Macro & Rates research at Morgan Grenfell
Michael holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol and an MSc (Econ) in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
While sponsors of 401(k) and 403(b) plans have been working hard to streamline their investment menus, undeniable demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment options is something worth pausing to consider. With one in every five dollars now invested in an ESG-oriented strategy in the U.S., now is an ideal time to explore what type of ESG strategy would best suit your participants needs. In this quick 30 minute webinar, we will explore how several defined contribution (DC) plans are adopting ESG investment strategies in their menus and what that means for participants.Read more >
Investors often have mixed views on the benefits of ESG engagement, especially within Big Industry sectors. As long-term stewards of client’s capital, our goal is to provide meaningful insights on our engagements with the aim of demonstrating how ESG research is good not only for investors in the form of improved stock prices, but how engagement may also prove beneficial for those companies willing to express change within their business models. This webinar will focus on the ESG Team’s engagement research within the Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Staples -- two critically important consumer-driven global industries.Read more >
Insight Investment’s ESG Analyst, Joshua Kendall, discusses research by Insight that considers the impact of broad ethical screens, and more focused fossil fuel screens, on the performance of corporate bond portfolios.Read more >
Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, and David Anderson, Director of Technology and Solutions Marketing at vArmour, analyze the results of a recent survey of 303 IT and security respondents. Jon and David will use the data to provide real-world recommendations for a proactive data center and cloud security strategy, including micro-segmentation, a burgeoning best practice to improve security posture and lower risk.
-Survey results: State of enterprise cloud computing and security
-Cloud security situational analysis
-Cloud security strategy recommendations
-The bigger truth from ESG
-Best practice for cloud security: Micro-segmentation
With growing demands for ESG investment principles, we explore best practices for integrating ESG into pension portfolios, how ESG fits with trustees’ fiduciary duties and the impact on investment returns.Read more >
Learn about our new tool developed by ESG that will help midsized and larger enterprise IT organizations determine the potential relative costs and benefits with a ConvergedSystem versus a “do it yourself” (DIY) approach. With this tool you can provide potential customers with a comprehensive picture of the direct and indirect cost, and benefit drivers they should consider when evaluating an HP Converge Systems for Virtualization solution. You can show them what we already know – and that is HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization offers the opportunity for organizations to drastically increase their IT and end user productivity at a significantly lower TCO compared with alternative infrastructure virtualization approaches.
Join the ESG experts to get an overview of the calculator, best practices for using the calculator in the field, and a demonstration of the calculator.
Between constraints of IT security skills and the rise of cloud adoption it is increasingly difficult to control security policies across the heterogeneous network. Network security and operations teams are expected to ensure and initiate connectivity while protecting the attack surface from the next cyber threat and complying with internal policies and industry regulations. Join us for a Webinar session with ESG senior principal analyst Jon Oltsik, as he reviews the latest findings of a recent survey on how cloud adoption is transforming network security operations. In this session we will also examine how security policy orchestration can help address some of the key challenges of managing security and connectivity in the cloud, and across hybrid cloud and physical networks.Read more >
This webcast is the second in a monthly series on why I/O is strategic for the data center. Bob Laliberte, senior analyst from ESG, will present the importance of I/O to virtualized environments. As they continue to mature and become more flexible and dynamic, I/O becomes critical to a successful deployment.Read more >
This webinar will discuss ESG integration into passive investing and smart beta strategies. The world of index-based investing is in flux as ESG integration into passive is on course to become the norm for new mandates as we enter the era of “Smart Sustainability”.
• The why - rationale from major asset owners on integrating ESG into passive strategies
• Global developments - ESG, sustainability metrics and indexes
• Smart Sustainability - bringing together ESG with smart beta factors
• The challenges - corporate disclosure and access to data
• Corporate engagement - passive funds/indexes driving changes in corporate behavior
• The action and implementation - the pension fund perspective
• Live Q&A with the audience members
David Harris, Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell
Mark Thompson, CIO, HSBC Bank UK Pension Scheme
Maurice Versaevel, Investment Strategist, PGGM
Moderated by Daniel Brooksbank, Editor, Responsible-Investor.com
This webinar is in partnership with FTSE Russell
Today's modern businesses drive new technology initiatives like big data, cloud, and microservices to fuel business innovation. But these same technologies result in exponential data growth. Your challenge: How do I respond fast enough to the business and economically scale and store all that data?
Get answers to that question in this webinar with ESG and Hedvig and you'll learn:
•How the latest business initiatives impact your storage.
•How you can use Hedvig as a modern platform to curb explosive data growth.
•A sneak peek at ESG's hot-off-the-press Storage Trends research report.
ESG Lab Analyst, Aviv Kaufmann provides a summary of recent ESG lab testing done on the Avere vFXT Edge filers deployed on the Google Compute Engine. This testing evaluated the solution on a variety of different levels, including deployment time, rendering performance, and ease of use.Read more >
Can FinTech and AI solve the ESG data puzzle?
What’s the best route to reduce costs, increase flows and further improve the quality of ESG data from corporate reporter to end-user?
The 2016 Carrots & Sticks report identifies almost 400 sustainability regulations, guidelines, codes-of-conduct, frameworks and other reporting instruments across 64 countries. How accurate is this data? How are corporations coping with the pressure and cost of reporting? How can asset managers make sense of what it means? And will data vendors turn to AI to collect and deliver this googolesque volume of data?
During this 60-minute webinar we will discuss:
• Global trends in sustainability reporting and regulations: What have been the major trends in the last decade and how harmonized have they been? How can auditors help in the quest for more accurate ESG data?
• How are corporations coping with the growing pressure from regulators to disclose more ESG data? What tools do they use? What can be done to reduce the costs, improve the quality? Can entry be made more accessible for SMEs?
• As asset owners place more demands on asset managers to integrate ESG in their investment process, how are custodians meeting this challenge and what are the key pressure points?
• ESG research and data vendors are under increasing pressure to provide more coverage and higher quality ESG data and ratings to investors. This creates cost and logistical challenges in an industry where most of this work is still carried out by specialized analysts. Is AI the answer?
- Cornis T. van der Lugt, Centre for Corporate Governance, Stellenbosch University Business School, South Africa
- Hendrik Bartel, TruValue Labs Inc.
- Trevor Allen, BNP Paribas Securities Services
- André Chanavat, Senior Product Manager, Thomson Reuters
Moderated by: Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor
You are invited to participate in an Insight webinar in which our ESG Analyst, Joshua Kendall, will offer an update on responsible investment issues across the financial markets, and on Insight's responsible investment initiatives.Read more >
For investors taking an index approach to ESG, using Best-In-Class ESG offers an opportunity to take their commitment to sustainable investing a step further.
In our thirty minute webinar you will hear from one of our ESG experts on:
• What Best-In-Class ESG is
• Why Best-In-Class ESG is darker green than screening or norms based ESG
• How you can invest in Best-In-Class
With over 25 years of responsible investing experience and $60 billion managed to sustainable strategies, Northern Trust Asset Management is helping investors around the world integrate their values with their investment goals.
*Best-in-class ESG is industry terminology referring to an investment approach that overweights companies that are leaders in implementing ESG.
Jamie Jenkins discusses some of the misunderstandings surrounding ESG investment.Read more >
ESG has been described as “the new bottom line” by Goldman Sachs. It's hard to argue with that when there's $59 trillion committed to ESG integration via the PRI, and it's on the agenda at the G20 and the Bank of England. This RI Webinar with Thomson Reuters examines how incorporating ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes can mitigate portfolio risk and enhance performance.
Discussion and Q&A:
· Portfolio management in transition: long termism, carbon risk, ESG
· It’s all about performance: ESG as a driver of investment strategy and performance
· Shock protection: using ESG analysis to mitigate downside risks
· The importance of access to accurate and transparent data
· Daniel Brooksbank, Editor, Responsible-Investor.com
· Robert Walker, Director of Governance & Social Research, HSBC Global Banking and Markets
· Tim Verheyden, Associate Researcher, Arabesque Asset Management
· Christopher Greenwald, Head of SI Research, RobecoSAM
· Detlef Glow, Head of Lipper EMEA Research, Thomson Reuters
*“The New Bottom Line” is attributed to Goldman Sachs.
A look at Schroders Sustainability team's latest quarterly research insights. This quarter, they discuss corporate controversies and why ESG integration is just as important in identifying future growth as it is for managing downside controversy risk. The fact and fiction about Founder-Owner led companies, and insights on their regular engagement efforts.Read more >
Join us to learn how the multi-trillion dollar demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment options makes it an asset class advisors are ramping up.
We'll move swiftly, and cover the key areas of focus:
•Why? Identifying the key drivers of ESG investing
•How? Implementing ESG into a portfolio
•Bonus: How to differentiate ESG strategies
ESG principal analyst, Jason Buffington, will talk with Cohesity CTO, Global Field, Rawlinson Rivera about why so many organizations have outgrown their legacy approaches to data protection and data management.
Debunk some of the misunderstandings about the often-hyped "Copy Data Management" craze and cover some ideas of what a reimagined data management and data protection strategy should look like. Rawlinson will discuss the latest in Cohesity's offerings to meet those challenges.
A growing number of investors are rethinking their core portfolio holdings. They are concerned not just about their portfolio’s bottom line, but about using their money to make a positive impact on the world. The question traditionally has been; do I have to give up potential returns? We say you shouldn’t have to…
Learn about two new ESG-based ETFs from FlexShares that is designed to give investors the ability to put their money where their values are. Why sacrifice potential returns in your core portfolio in order to make sustainability a key part of your investments?