Investors have long allocated to hedge funds in pursuit of alpha and strong risk management. In recent years, it’s become clear that neither of those objectives can be maximized without a commitment to sustainability.
In our hedge fund solutions business, we’ve developed a philosophy for sustainable investing comprised of four key principles…
There have been great strides on the march toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion over the past few decades. Thinking back to when I started my career 35 years ago, a lot of people got their first investment job because their father was friends with someone in the industry. In my case, I was a first-generation university graduate without that kind of network, who had no idea what she wanted to do after graduation. But I realized I liked math while majoring in chemistry at university, went to business school, and then applied for a job as a credit analyst at Sun Life. At the time, I was one of very few women in investing.…
ANALYTICS – THE ENABLER OF ESG
With the largest chunk of my career in financial services (FS), being exposed to the highest circles of the pyramid, and feeling deceived from observing human nature evolving there, I came to the realisation that I could no longer work in an organisation that did not portray the values dear to me and took the hard decision to forfeit a comfortable life to start afresh.
Fuelled by wanting to have a positive impact on the world, I went to explore the realms of sustainability management. And what became apparent very quickly, is the absolute necessity of analytics to tackle any ESG topic…
AN INTERVIEW WITH HEIDI RIDLEY AND KATHRYN MCDONALD AT RADIANT ESG
Heidi: “Leadership is facing a paradigm shift; the leaders of tomorrow will need to bring new skills and a new mindset”
Kathryn: “As we re-position ourselves to prepare for ‘what’s next’, we strongly believe that companies with better diversity and inclusion practices will be at a significant advantage”
We got hold of Heidi & Kathryn and interviewed the pair ahead of the Women in Asset Management Transatlantic summit..
AN INTERVIEW WITH LAURA CURTIS, HEAD OF MARKETING, EUROPE, VANGUARD
“D&I isn’t just about striking gender balance or improving minority representation in the workplace, it’s about creating a work environment where accepting and being accepted is the norm. At it’s core are the principles of trust and psychological safety where differences of opinion are welcome and expressing them doesn’t require an act of courage.”
We interviewed Laura ahead of the Women in Asset Management Transatlantic summit..
ESG REQUIRES BOLD STEPS AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Asset Management is still a long way off from becoming a more diverse and inclusive place to work. This is in sharp contrast with investor’s desire for more diversity. 2020 was a critical year for illustrating how ESG issues have become of paramount importance, not only for investors, but also for the wider society.
In this short piece, Tatjana Greil-Castro, Portfolio Manager at Muzinich & Co., discusses her views on ESG, Diversity, and Inclusion, and how we can succeed..
IS THE CULTURE OF YOUR ORGANISATION D&I FRIENDLY
The ask of D&I programmes is not an easy one. If organisations want diversity, then they have to be able to embrace difference, even divergence, and recognise the value in doing so.
If they want inclusion, then they have to accept the sharing of opinions even if, at first sight, that may appear to bring the additional complexity of including others in making decisions and in acting on those decisions.
SEVEN MARKERS OF A D&I FRIENDLY CULTURE
How do you know if the culture of your organisation is D&I friendly?
Work by colleagues at iPsychTec with over 60 public and private sector organisations points to seven attributes or markers of a D&I friendly culture.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIE FROMAGET, ESG ANALYST, AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS
We interviewed Marie Fromaget ahead of her panel discussion on Intersectionality for the Women in Asset Management Summit on 23 February 2021…
THE RISE OF ESG
I’ve been interested in ESG since before the abbreviation was invented. The Green Consumer Guide was the first book that I read after qualifying as an actuary in 1989.
The 1995 Pensions Act introduced socially responsible investing into the lexicon and the regulations for pension funds’ statements of investment principles. In 2003 we coined the phrase “responsible investment” for the USS/Hewitt (now Aon) competition for pension fund investment innovation “as if the long term really mattered”. ESG appeared not long after, but the three little words of environment, social and governance never had equal treatment…..
GREEN FINANCE: HOW COMPETITION CAN BRING POLLUTING FIRMS INTO THE FOLD
No company wants to be the dirtiest on the block. If there were a clear and consistent way to gauge and reward progress, even the most polluting firms would find the will and the funds to decarbonise
With more reporting rigour, banks, investors and other financial institutions could start working with all corporates to move away from fossil fuels towards cleaner energy. What this requires is accurate, harmonised data, standardised disclosure principles and a robust regulatory strategy – all of which are achievable….
ROCK THE STREET, WALL STREET
Did you know that girl’s opt-out of math as early as the age of 9? This is a uniquely American and Western European problem, therefore a cultural issue, not a capability issue…
SPEAKER Q&A: NIDHI CHADDA, FOUNDER AND CEO, ENZO ADVISORS
With the Women in Asset Management Summit fast approaching, we caught-up with Nidhi Chadda ahead of her session on ESG compliance.
NON-CONSENSUS INVESTING: BEING RIGHT WHEN EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG
Excerpt chapter from Non-Consensus Investing: Being Right When Everyone Else is Wrong by Rupal J. Bhansali.
SPEAKER Q&A: SHAHEEN CONTRACTOR, ESG RESEARCH ANALYST, BLOOMBERG INTELLIGENCE
Ahead of the Women in Asset Management Summit (Sept 9th &10th), we spoke to Shaheen Contractor about Covid-19, ESG and market trends.
MARKETS NEED DIVERSITY JUST AS DEMOCRACIES NEED PLURAILITY
Unlike most kids who grow up on fairy tales, I was raised on stock stories. My dad owned a stock-broking business in India and I often overheard him talking to clients…
SHOULD CORPORATE DIVERSITY BE MANDATED?
After years of discussing the benefits of diversity in the workplace, we remain perplexed as to why meaningful progress has not been achieved by more companies. After all, companies are keenly…