Responsible Investing today – and tomorrow

Presented by

Sally Bridgeland, IAM | Gilles Moëc, AXA IM | Anne Tolmunen, AXA IM | Catherine Howarth, ShareAction

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Over the course of this AXA IM original series Investors’ ESG Guidebook: The Road to Equitable and Sustainable Growth we have heard the case for responsible investing, and the crucial role that finance and investors can play in the transition to net zero. Along the way, we have looked at issues including greenwashing and how data can help, how to approach companies with a low score on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and how investors can potentially better align their portfolios with a net zero goal.  However, there are challenges inherent in responsible investing today, including the need for more standardised measurement reporting, ensuring that companies’ sustainability plans encompass the social element as well as climate, and consistency and transparency around what asset managers are offering to their clients. And the market for responsible investing is continually evolving, which means fresh challenges but also potentially greater opportunities for investors, and greater opportunities to put our capital to work in areas that will really make a difference to people and planet. In this final episode, we look at some of the approaches available to investors today, and how we see the market developing. As investors become more climate and socially-aware, they are placing different demands on asset managers – and at the same time, there are new regulations coming in that the industry needs to take into account. Find out how our expert panel views the responsible investing industry today, and how they see it evolving in the future – and how investors can play their part. Topics for discussion include:   - How responsible investing could develop in future – what is next, and what are the obstacles to progression? - What does the asset management industry need to do to support the responsible investors of tomorrow?   - How investors can play their part in the evolution of responsible investing.

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