The Role of Asset Management in ESG Investing

On Thursday September 17, 2020, the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) hosted a virtual roundtable entitled “The Role of Asset Management in ESG Investing.”  At the event senior participants including academic, government officials and private-sector experts, discussed issues regarding corporate disclosures and accounting standards, the construction and use of taxonomies, and how ESG factors into the stewardship role of asset managers. 

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Keynote Speakers

  • Martin Merlin, Director, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Arne Staal, Global Head of Product Management and Research, FTSE Russell

Discussion Leaders

  • Yafit Cohn, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Janine Guillot, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
  • Kirsty Jenkinson, Head of Sustainable Investment and Stewardship Strategies, CalSTRS
  • Barbara Novick, Vice Chair, BlackRock
  • Hester Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Robert Sitkoff, Professor, Harvard Law School

Roundtable Session Topics

  • Disclosures, Taxonomy and Accounting Standards: Public Companies and Investment Funds
  • Inclusion of ESG in Stewardship Priorities