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Pandemic, ESG and Impact

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, more investors were looking at companies through the lens of environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. But now, corporate decisions on human capital, customers and society during the COVID-19 pandemic will carry greater weight. As companies face greater scrutiny during the crisis, ESG factors will now be a key layer of diligence in evaluating an investment.
Join us for a joint webinar in collaboration with Black Sun, as we discuss ESG in a post-COVID-19 world, and how investors view responsible investment and ESG.
At this event we will discover:
· What ESG information investors are looking for and how they use it
· Understand how high quality ESG disclosure will allow for better comparisons and improved understanding for all stakeholders
· How ESG disclosure should also enhance decision-making and company performance in the long-term
Recorded May 27 2020 62 mins
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Sallie Cooke Pilot, Black Sun PLC in conversation with Ben Yeoh & Jeremy Richardson, RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited
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