Real-Time Perspectives from Sustainability and Impact Investors
Niche no more – environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing has evolved from a lesser-known trend to a very-much-in-demand strategy. There is no single definition of ESG investing or an ESG investing strategy. Thus, investors are defining ESG for themselves, creating a myriad of strategies and approaches.
Baird’s inaugural Sustainability Conference, held virtually in late February 2021, delved into this rapidly evolving space. The two-day event included 700 participants, including more than 430 institutional investors, as well as corporate attendees and other Baird clients. The conference also featured more than 40 presenting companies. Following are highlights from the event.
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ESG in Practice – Views from Investors
Does ESG Limit the Universe of Potential Investments?
ESG Screening: Helpful or a Potential Pitfall?
Tackling the Inherent Politics of ESG in Client Conversations
Senior Research Analyst
"… if your business is doing something that is creating value for the economy as well as capturing it, then it’s well-positioned strategically."
Artemis Investment Management
“I think ESG is no longer a niche application for all these companies. Virtually every company now is expressing some ESG or climate policy or strategy."
Global Industry Analyst
“I think when you've got an asset manager… you need to introduce it in a way that's authentic to the way the organization does its investment process."
Director of ESG Research
Westfield Capital Management
"...we invest only in companies that have a sustainable competitive advantage built on their ability to address a certain environmental issue. Then we put an ESG overlay into the analysis."
Head of Sustainability and Strategy