The UK Government published its Green Finance Strategy last July, setting out a detailed plan for greening finance, financing clean growth and seizing the opportunity to establish the UK as a global leader in green finance. An abundance of further developments in 2019 and 2020, including many new policies and taxonomies regarding ESG, countless commitments to net-zero and many game-changing AGM resolutions, set green finance in stone as one of the most important themes for financial institutions. The emergence of Covid-19 this year threatened to stunt the progress of ESG-related initiatives, however the recent publication of the EU’s Taxonomy on sustainable investing, the draft Joint Consultation paper on ESG investing and updates to the PRI suggest that ESG is still firmly on the agenda. Most commentators agree that this is not the time to disregard ESG, supported by clear evidence that companies with higher ESG ratings are outperforming their peer group during this crisis.
It is against this backdrop that City & Financial Global are running this series of virtual roundtables on ESG investing. They aim to provide a forum for a necessary and rigorous analysis of ESG investing and a discussion of whether and how ESG achieves Alpha returns, especially in the aforementioned context. This discussion will include an overview of omnipresent ESG themes, including the role of the investor as a steward of change in companies and the increasing contribution ESG makes to the energy transition and achieving net zero, and topics that have emerged as a result of the pandemic, including the weighting assigned to different ESG characteristics, the performance of ESG stocks under pressure and the possibilities of accelerating our focus on sustainability through rebuilding the economy with respect to it.
Further details about this event will be available soon.
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