How ESG is Impacting the Role of Fund Managers

Presented by

Georgina Mitchell, WellHouse Consulting | Benedikt Kirsch, CHOM Capital | Elena Yurchenko, Meraki Impact

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In May of this year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission levied a fine for the first time against a company for misrepresenting ESG principles for mutual funds it manages. As fund managers continue to leverage ESG factors to assess investment opportunities, concerns over greenwashing in corporate disclosures will continue to grow. For fund managers, it’s never been more important to proactively evaluate the authenticity of the ESG claims of each investment opportunity. As we transition to a green economy, funds will require managers to take an active role in keeping each organisation to account for achieving their impact objectives. In Episode 17 of the ESG Innovation Hub, we’re exploring how funds are changing with the rise of ESG and discussing policies and best practices that fund managers can implement to mitigate against the risk of greenwashing. Join the session to explore From Profit to Impact: How ESG is shifting the role of the fund manager ESG Fund Management 101: How to evaluate the ESG profile of investment opportunities Strategies and Best Practices: Overcoming the risks of greenwashing in funds

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