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Book Synopsis: This book tells the story of how the convergence between corporate sustainability and sustainable investing is now becoming a major force driving systemic market changes. The idea and practice of corporate sustainability is no longer a niche movement. Investors are increasingly paying attention to sustainability factors in their analysis and decision-making, thus reinforcing market transformation.
In this book, high-level practitioners and academic thought leaders, including contributions from John Ruggie, Fiona Reynolds, Johan Rockström, and Paul Polman, explain the forces behind these developments. The contributors highlight (a) that systemic market change is influenced by various contextual factors that impact how sustainable investing is perceived and practiced; (b) that the integration of ESG factors in investment decisions is impacting markets on a large scale and hence changes practices of major market players (e.g. pension funds); and (c) that technology and the increasing datafication of sustainability act as further accelerators of such change.
The book goes beyond standard economic theory approaches to sustainable investing and emphasizes that capitalism founded on more real-world (complex) economics and cooperation can strengthen ESG integration. Aimed at both investment professionals and academics, this book gives the reader access to more practitioner-relevant information and it also discusses implementation issues. The reader will gain insights into how "mainstream" financial actors relate to sustainable investing.
About Our Speakers:
Keith Ambachtsheer has been recognized as the globe’s number one knowledge broker in institutional investing and is known for his ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to pension design, governance, and investing issues. Since its 1985 inception, KPA Advisory Services has been a trusted incubator for new thinking in the field of pensions. CEM Benchmarking Inc., co-founded by Keith in 1991, has earned a reputation as the premier global benchmarking organization in the pensions and investments industry. In addition to being closely connected to the business side of the pension and investments industry, Keith has strong ties to its related fields in academia. aiCIO named Keith one of the globe’s "10 Most Influential Academics in Institutional Investing", and he has helped guide the discourse in the field through a variety of academic positions.
Karen Karniol-Tambour is the Head of Investment Research at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund with $160 billion in institutional investments. In this capacity, she oversees a team of over 150 investment professionals researching and building systematic strategies to trade global financial markets. Karen oversees Bridgewater’s systemized investment logic for trading fixed income, with a secondary responsibility for equities, and is a regular author of Bridgewater’s Daily Observations. She meets regularly with investors and policymakers, and represented Bridgewater at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2017 and 2018.
Georg Kell is Chairman of the Board of Arabesque, a technology company that uses AI and big data to assess sustainability performance relevant for investment analysis and decision making. He is also Co-Chair of the DWS ESG Advisory Board and Speaker of the Volkswagen Sustainability Council. Georg Kell is the founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with over 9,000 corporate signatories in more than 160 countries. He helped to establish the Global Compact as the foremost platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible and sustainable corporate policies and practices. In a career of more than 25 years at the United Nations, he also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact’s sister initiatives, on investment, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and on education, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), together with the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE).
Martin Reeves leads the BCG Henderson Institute worldwide, BCG’s think tank on new approaches to strategy and management. Martin is also a member of the BCG Henderson Institute's Innovation Sounding Board, which is dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and guiding upstream innovation at BCG. Martin is a regular contributor to HBR, MIT SMR, Fortune and other management journals on business strategy and management. A regular public speaker and a repeat TED@BCG presenter, Martin is also coauthor of Your Strategy Needs a Strategy, which proposes the “strategy palette” as a tool to enable business leaders to tune their approach to strategy to the strategic environment of each business. Since joining BCG in 1989, Martin has led a broad range of strategy assignments in the Financial Institutions, Consumer Goods, Industrial Goods and Health Care sectors. He has particular expertise in the areas of adaptive strategy, strategy for multi-business systems, sustainability strategies, ecosystem strategies, collective learning and innovation, corporate vitality, and trust.
Preet Banerjee: Originally trained as a neuroscientist followed by a brief foray as an aspiring racecar driver, Preet Banerjee landed in the world of finance, now a consultant to the wealth management industry with a focus on the commercial application of behavioural finance research and fin-tech. He hosted a TV show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, was a financial panelist on CBC’s The National with Peter Mansbridge for seven years, and is a regular contributor to The Morning Show on Global Television. He is also a columnist with The Globe and Mail, board member of the Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights Canada, a former governor of the University of Toronto, founder of MoneyGaps, a hybrid-advisor financial technology start-up, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Henley in the UK.
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