ESG investing is moving from the margins to the real economy. Estimates suggest that the market is now worth about US$23 trillion and rising, propelled by investors who are voting with their money to manage risk, boost returns, and drive positive, long-term change. On top of this, proposals in 2019 from the EU Commission to clarify investor duties and sustainability look set to further steer ESG into the investment process. As the market matures, the pressure is now on asset managers and the wider industry to meet the demand for products, standards and methodologies that effectively measure, score and enhance the implementation of environmental, social and governance factors across the asset class spectrum.
This event, the latest in the FT Investing for Good series – now held in London, New York and Hong Kong – will explore the next steps for bringing ESG investing into the mainstream, translating the SDGs and more into tangible, quantifiable investment opportunities that will induce change in the right direction.
Our agenda will connect institutional investors, asset managers, corporates, regulators and advisors, in strategic discussion on major issues including the growing debate on the links between fiduciary duty and sustainable investing, and the extent to which regulatory input is needed on this. Asset owners and wealth managers will share their ESG priorities and their changing expectations for fund managers and companies as they move from screening out companies from their portfolios to pro-actively allocating because of ESG or SRI credentials. Performance across the range of asset classes and investment strategies will also be addressed, examining how ESG indicators and standards are being defined and applied in fixed income, equities and passive and active approaches, and the impact on yields.