Day 4 Agenda - Investment Week
Friday 25 June 2021
Day 4 is focused on areas including how asset managers and fund selectors can engage, influence and make a meaningful contribution to ESG outcomes.
Registered delegates will get access to the entire Festival so please do feel free to take a look at all of the agendas. While we hope you will be able to attend as many sessions as possible, we understand that you are busy professionals so you are welcome to attend as much as time allows. The platform we are using to host the digital event allows you to easily log in and out of the event.
Investors can do more to move companies in a direction that benefits workers, as well as business and the societies in which they operate. In this keynote address Katherine outlines the challenges and provides recommendations for investors to better engage investee companies on workforce practices.
Examining engagement on climate change, pushing for greater corporate responsibility and addressing the ‘S’ in ESG.
European companies have historically led other markets when it comes to sustainability practices, but how does the region stack up in today’s world where greater emphasis is being placed on environmental impact and social good? In this session, Vincent and Jonathan will discuss the current opportunity set for sustainable investors across Europe and debate the role that integrated ESG analysis and active engagement can play in protecting and enhancing long-term investment returns.
The Federated Hermes Sustainable Global Equity strategy, the first in our pipeline of sustainable-labelled strategies, seeks to deliver superior financial returns alongside positive environmental and social outcomes. Join Martin Todd, CFA, Portfolio Manager, to find out how the investment team have developed a product which combines the best ideas from across our equity investment teams, within a clear framework that addresses four sustainability themes: environmental preservation, social inclusion, health & wellbeing and efficient products & resource usage. This actively managed, high-conviction strategy offers exposure to game-changing technologies, sustainable leaders within industries and companies transitioning towards sustainable activities.
Examining how forward-thinking fund selectors are incorporating diversity and inclusion into their ESG investment strategies, influence on the fund selection process, the pressures they can bring on companies to effectively implement diversity & inclusion policies, what can be done to educate clients on the connection between social issues and the impact on investment, and how you can challenge and improve your own firm’s performance on diversity balance and inclusion.
Assessing social impact funds and their role in portfolios.
In season 3 of the TV series BILLIONS, Hedge Fund Manager Bobby Axelrod is faced with having to open his books and share his positions with a competitor. When asked about the prospect of a competitor copying his ideas, he assuredly remarks “A lot of guys watch Bruce Lee movies. Doesn’t mean they can do karate”. What about fund managers who have been successfully managing sustainable funds for well over a decade? Can they be so confident? In this session, Mike Fox explores why it is a lot harder than it looks to create a successful sustainable strategy.
Asset managers and asset owners are well-positioned to influence the global business agenda, but how can they really move the needle on important societal changes, such as diversity, climate change, and sustainable infrastructure?