Adapting Manager Due Diligence in the Age of Sustainable Investing: The Here and Now

 

Investors are increasingly asking that the investment of their wealth take into account sustainable investing objectives – and that trend is only accelerating with the current crisis as a real-time case study. A April 2020 MMI NetMeeting aimed to equip due diligence and research professionals – as well as asset managers – with tools to help them carefully navigate the exploration and inclusion of ESG and sustainable investment criteria in their platform decisions.

Participants gained a better understanding of current trends and identify concrete steps needed to align the asset manager and gatekeeper perspectives. Based on concepts presented in the recent report by The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) and MMI, Sustainable Investment Products & Due Diligence: Insights from Industry Experts, the panel discussed:

  • Key developments and trends in the sustainable investment space and the unfolding effects of the COVID-19 crisis
  • The tools that are available to assist the due diligence process
  • What managers are continuing to get wrong about the integration of ESG and impact investing
  • What is on the horizon for due diligence officers and managers

Introduction:
Tim Williams,
 Director, Education Initiatives, MMI

Moderator:
William (Bill) Burckart,
 President, The Investment Integration Project (TIIP)

Panelists:
Sarah Hoyt,
 Investment Director, Mission Related Investing, Cambridge Associates
Jessica Matthews, Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

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