ESG: doing good or sounding good?

Presented by

Alex Edmans, Prof. of Finance, London Business School Mike Barry, former Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer

About this talk

A debate on the law of unintended consequences and paradoxes of ESG investing. Focusing solely on carbon emissions, plastic bags are better than paper ones, but we'd all agree that plastics aren't great for our oceans. Are electric cars really 'greener'? Is displacing existing talent in favour of diversity really equity? Industrialising and raising the living standards of many emerging markets requires emissions: so how as ESG-minded investors do we reconcile these trade offs? Which stakeholders win, and who decides? Join us for a riveting and lively discussion between leading ESG thinkers who will explore and debate the endless ESG paradoxes, and the idea that despite this idea that everyone wins in ESG, that actually there are always losers, and how do we as investors balance this delicate act of competing priorities and how to do good in one place without doing harm elsewhere. Speakers: Jillert Blom, Head of Distribution Benelux, France and Nordics Elizabeth Gillam, Head of EU Government Relations and Public Policy Glen Yelton, Head of ESG Client Strategy North America
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