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Sustainable finance: ESG and the asset management industry

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Speaker(s):
Leon Kamhi, Executive Director and Head of Responsibility, Hermes Investment Management
Lisa Beauvilain, Managing Director and Head of Sustainability, Impax Asset Management
Wolfgang Kuhn, Director of Investor Engagement, ShareAction
Mike Wilkins, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings

This is the second in a series of panel discussions that we are organising with the CSFI around the way that environmental issues are shaping the financial sector. The first covered carbon trading; this looks at the asset management industry - and specifically at how the equity and fixed income markets are responding to the environmental challenge.

If this meeting was held two or three years ago, the key question would have been the extent to which asset managers have a right to put environmental considerations ahead of their fiduciary obligation to produce the highest return for their asset owners. However, the debate has moved on. The consensus today is that climate change is so pressing an issue that no manager can afford to ignore it, and the evidence suggests that environmental awareness pays, in that ESG funds tend to outperform those that are sticking with high-carbon legacy assets.

The panel includes:

  • Leon Kamhi, Executive Director and Head of Responsibility at Hermes Investment Management, who directs the firm's programme for incorporating stewardship and ESG considerations into all its investment activities worldwide.

  • Lisa Beauvilain, Managing Director and Head of Sustainability at Impax Asset Management, which she joined in 2010, having worked as an environmental consultant after leaving Goldman Sachs where she was an executive director. Impax invests globally in the enablers and beneficiaries of a transition to a sustainable economy.

  • Wolfgang Kuhn, Director of Investor Engagement at ShareAction. He has been a portfolio manager at Deutsche Asset Management, UBS Global Asset Management and most recently at Aberdeen Asset Management as head of pan-European fixed income.

  • Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings in London. He has global responsibility for the firm's sustainable finance analytics and research.

Speaker(s):
Leon Kamhi, Executive Director and Head of Responsibility, Hermes Investment Management
Lisa Beauvilain, Managing Director and Head of Sustainability, Impax Asset Management
Wolfgang Kuhn, Director of Investor Engagement, ShareAction
Mike Wilkins, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings

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Event title: Sustainable finance: ESG and the asset management industry
Start date: Thursday 28 November 2019
Location: London
Pricing: This event is free to attend.
Speaker(s): Leon Kamhi, Executive Director and Head of Responsibility, Hermes Investment Management
Lisa Beauvilain, Managing Director and Head of Sustainability, Impax Asset Management
Wolfgang Kuhn, Director of Investor Engagement, ShareAction
Mike Wilkins, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Event website: http://www.libf.ac.uk/
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