To divest or to engage, that is the question

Presented by

Oğuzhan Karakaş, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School

About this talk

Whether investors should divest or engage is a hotly debated topic. There will always be investors who determine that divesting is their best option, or for some, the final resort. While there will always be investors who see engagement as a means to manage risk and enhance the value of their investments driven by their influence. Active investors inclined to engage can use engagement to their benefit before and after investing and through the proxy vote. How does this impact investors of index strategies and their options to signal concerns to companies? Should divestment be considered the final resort, and at what point? One can quantify the missed returns to divestment decisions, but how can the value created by shareholder engagement be quantified? Join us for a riveting discussion where our panelists will explore and debate ESG investors dilemma to engage or divest, provide a variety of perspectives and techniques of engagement and the benefits. Speakers: Zoje Vataj, Global Proxy Governance & Voting Manager Matthew Tagliani, Head of EMEA ETF Product and Sales Strategy Erik Esselink, Portfolio Manager

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