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The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust ESG into the spotlight like never before, with the social (‘s’) aspects of corporate behaviour under unprecedented scrutiny.
This seems to be the moment when ESG and responsible investment have truly entered mainstream discourse.
There’s a lot of talk of it being at a tipping point – is that really the case?
And what are the implications for the investment industry as it confronts the ‘new normal’ of heightened societal expectations and new thinking around stakeholder capitalism?
And then there is long-termism: is it just a series of short-terms or is now the moment for long-term behaviour to become the market default?
These are some of the questions we have put to some of the sector’s leading experts in our new ESG Leaders series of video interviews.
The first in the series is with Brunno Maradei, Global Head of Responsible Investment at Aegon Asset Management, parent of Kames Capital and TKP Investments.
Brunno’s CV includes climate projects at the European Investment Bank, blended finance at the International Finance Corporation and senior management roles at ESG research house EIRIS.
He says a “thousand flowers have bloomed” since he first entered the sector 20 years ago and responsible investment is now “an avalanche”.
Look out for others in the series with senior representatives from DWS, Impax Asset Management, Unigestion, ISS, MSCI, WHEB, Kempen Capital Management, UBS, Triodos and many more.
At this pivotal moment, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current state of ESG – from its leading practitioners.