Unravelling the relationship between ESG factors and investment performance

This webinar discussed the relationship between ESG factors and investment performance

In 2007 UNEP FI released its seminal report ‘Demystifying Responsible Investment Performance’ which was an important driver in the ESG integration debate. Five years down the line much has changed. This webinar discussed how the RI performance story has unfolded, how industry leaders are using new strategies and academics new methods to add to this debate.

Duration: 60min.

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  Jane Ambachtsheer, National Partner, Mercer

Jane Ambachtsheer is a Partner of Mercer’s investment consulting business, based in Toronto. She leads Mercer’s global responsible investment business, and consults to investors in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Jane was consultant to the United Nations through the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment. She is a global advisor to the Carbon Disclosure Project and sits on the finance committee of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund. In 2005, Jane was recognised by Global Proxy Watch as one of the top 10 ‘Architects of Governance’. Jane holds a Bachelor of Economics and English literature with honours from York University, and a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to joining Mercer, Jane worked for the pension benchmarking firm CEM, in Amsterdam and Toronto. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, where she co-teaches a graduate course on responsible investment.

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  Andrew Gray, Manager, Investments Governance, AustralianSuper

Andrew joined AustralianSuper in July 2011 as Manager, Investments Governance. This role involves Andrew implementing an ESG integration strategy for AustralianSuper’s investment portfolio. Prior to joining AustralianSuper, Andrew was Executive Director, Head of Environmental, Social & Governance Research at Goldman Sachs and Partners Australia. He joined JB Were (which later became Goldman Sachs) in 1991 and over his 20 years with the firm performed roles including Head of Quantitative Research. Andrew’s work evolved to include consideration of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) factors in investing with an emphasis on the role they play as part of the mainstream investment process. Andrew published various research pieces and worked closely with the investment community to contribute to the evolution of the consideration of ESG issues in investing.

 Robert Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Robert G. Eccles first joined the faculty in 1979 and received tenure in 1989. He left in 1993 to work in the private sector and rejoined the faculty in 2007. Right after receiving tenure, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic which remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice and public policy perspective. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (www.integratedreporting.org) and is working with groups all over the world to accelerate the integrated reporting movement.

  Georgios Serafeim, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

George Serafeim is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Accounting and Management Unit. He teaches the course “Innovating for Sustainability” in the MBA elective curriculum, the Executive Education program “Innovating for Sustainability”, and the doctoral seminar “The Role of the Corporation in Society”. Professor Serafeim’s research interests are international, focusing on understanding the relation between environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and financial performance, how innovations in processes, products and business models are developed to forge a sustainable strategy, and the role of disclosure, information and financial intermediation in efficient capital allocation and management practices. His work has been published in prestigious academic and practitioner journals such as the Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Director Notes and has also appeared in media outlets including Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian.