“There is a shift from talk to action. And that’s been driven by two things. One is the change in mindset: acknowledging that ESG offers extra information. As asset managers, we’re all looking for extra information that can give us the edge. Secondly, the competitive landscape around ESG is stronger. Our clients are asking far more discerning questions differentiating those who are talking the talk and those who are walking the walk. That’s really driving up the level of quality of ESG asset managers.”
– Vicki Bakhshi, BMO Global Asset Management
As responsible investing gains steam among asset owners, the concept is evolving from a distinct approach to a set of factors that influence a broader range of investments and investors.
Improved environmental, social and governance (ESG) data, new regulations, investor demand — and recent elections — are accelerating the growth of ESG investing. Even so, institutional investors have questions about performance, relevance and implementation. In this round table discussion, Vicki Bakhshi, head of governance and sustainable investment at BMO Global Asset Management; John Streur, president and chief executive officer of Calvert Research and Management; and Alex Bernhardt, principal and head of responsible investment for the U.S. at Mercer Investments, lay out the rationale for ESG investing, how ESG is moving beyond a distinct category of investing and how asset owners can measure their ESG-related investments.
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