This fireside chat between two market leaders will paint a picture of the current opportunities and challenges of ESG investments in the equity and bond markets. Our speakers will describe how the ESG methodology has been adopted and developed over time, and where they see it going in the next ten years. They will unpack various approaches, and explore analogous sources of inspiration.
In this fireside chat, two firms specialising in two alternative asset classes - real assets and private equity - will discuss the challenges and opportunities they have seen through their unique approaches to sustainable and responsible investing. ESG investing is not as common in private markets, to date. However, private markets are growing and offer a different and powerful dimension to sustainability investing: ownership of the company or the asset.
This panel will explore the role of technology in ESG and impact investing. We will draw from our speakers' experiences and perspectives on how AI and big data can drive improved corporate sustainability and performance. They will discuss the various impacts that technology has and will have on guiding investment, increasing information flow, and measuring impact.
Moderator: Sam Baker
In this fireside chat, an investor and investee will bring the impact investing process to life by sharing their experiences on a specific transaction. In November 2016 Bridges invested in World of Books, a pioneering platform that facilitates the re-use and recycling of books that may otherwise end up in landfill (one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions in the UK). Oliver Wyncoll, Bridges deal lead and Ken Blair, co-owner and then Chairman of World of Books, will offer their unique perspectives on the transaction from both sides of the deal table, as well as on the subsequent impact that the Bridges investment had.
Interviewer: Antony Ross
Leading social impact organisations use a wide array of impact measurement practices and methodologies. Our panelists will consider the costs and benefits of the various approaches to impact measurement and disclosure and the contexts in which they are effective or not. They will discuss how to measure impact from multiple stakeholders' perspectives.
Moderator: Stephen Newby
The key issues, challenges, common misconceptions, and pitfalls of impact investing vary by regions and markets. Our expert panelists will discuss the why some efforts fail whilst others succeed in their specific markets. They will discuss complements and differences between their markets, areas of notable or consistent synergy or difference. And, together, they will draw on their broad and varied experience to provide more inclusive insight.
Moderator: Ioannis Ioannou