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Sustainability and impact are key criteria in the global investment community these days, driven by worldwide trends and client demand. And ESG-driven investing fits quite tidily to these broad and dynamic trends. By some estimates, the managers of one-third of all professionally-run assets globally, equivalent to over USD20 trillion, now use ESG data to drive their investment decisions, and far more than that – an estimated 75% of them today – pay some attention to ESG criteria. As the world’s leading global investors continue to embrace ESG, what progress is being achieved amongst investors in Asia, and specifically, are Asia’s private clients jumping increasingly on the ESG express? A fascinating discussion on this very topical subject will take place on September 9, with a handpicked panel of experts deliberating on the market’s evolution to date and anticipating the next phases of growth and development ahead.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria aim to help socially conscious investors to screen potential investments. Environmental criteria aim to define how a company performs from an environmental impact perspective. Social criteria define how a company manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities in which it operates. And governance deals with a company’s corporate culture, its leadership, executive and broader compensation, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights. In short, these ESG criteria are used to help investors identify companies with corporate values that they feel comfortable with and therefore that accordingly meet their investment requirements.

Most professional investors today rely on third-party sourced ESG ratings data, and there is no doubt that the collective influence of the providers of such data is set to grow and increasingly influence the decisions of fund managers from sovereign wealth funds through the world’s largest pension funds and all the way down to retail investors, especially these days the HNW and UHNW investors.

ESG is therefore, an increasingly popular investment strategy worldwide. A growing body of research shows that ESG can reduce portfolio risk, generate competitive investment returns. Moreover, ESG investors accept this and also recognise that by supporting sustainable companies, they can make a positive difference whilst harvesting competitive financial returns. This recognition is spreading, and the growth of ESG in both popularity and coverage is almost certain to continue.

 

Sep 9

ESG: Embracing the Sustainability Revolution in Asia

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT

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Maxime Perrin

Lombard Odier Investment Managers

Mary Leung, CFA

CFA Institute

Arjan de Boer

Indosuez Wealth Management

Aleksey Mironenko

Leo Wealth

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  • 15.00pm

    ESG: Embracing the Sustainability Revolution in Asia

    • Why has ESG-driven investing in particular evolved so rapidly worldwide and how is it impacting Asia’s wealth management community?
    • Where does ESG investing fit within the bigger picture of SRI, Impact investing and even Philanthropy?
    • Are Asia’s wealthy private clients jumping on board the ESG bandwagon? If so, from where is the demand coming? The older or younger clients? From the more mature Asian economies? From the newer economies and newer wealth?
    • What is the Asian WM community doing to adapt their products, services and expertise to the evolution of the ESG investment market today and for the future?
    • How can Asia’s private clients achieve the best access to ESG investments – by individual stock, through funds, ETFs, DPM mandates, or how?
    • Is ESG investing confined to only listed equities, or does it span fixed income and private assets as well?
    • Does ESG investing merely serve to soothe the investor’s conscience, or does ESG improve investment returns as well?
    • Who measures the ESG criteria, are there viable ESG metrics and ratings, and who is providing them?
    • What about the regulators in Asia? Are they helping or hindering this initiative?

    Moderator

    Michael Stanhope

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Hubbis

    Speakers

    Mary Leung, CFA

    Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific

    CFA Institute

    Arjan de Boer

    Deputy Chief Executive, Head of MIS, Asia Markets, Investments & Structuring, Asia

    Indosuez Wealth Management

    Aleksey Mironenko

    Managing Director, Head of Investment Solutions

    Leo Wealth

    Maxime Perrin

    Head of Sustainable Investment

    Lombard Odier Investment Managers

    Johannes Van Der Dong

    CIO - Due Diligence and Research

    The Global CIO Office

  • 16.00pm

    Webinar Ends

Sep 9

ESG: Embracing the Sustainability Revolution in Asia

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT

Speakers

Johannes Van Der Dong

The Global CIO Office

Maxime Perrin

Lombard Odier Investment Managers

Mary Leung, CFA

CFA Institute

Arjan de Boer

Indosuez Wealth Management

Aleksey Mironenko

Leo Wealth

Sep 9

ESG: Embracing the Sustainability Revolution in Asia

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT

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Sep 9

ESG: Embracing the Sustainability Revolution in Asia

3.00pm - 4.00pm HKT/SGT