Why Institutional Investors are Incorporating ESG Factors into Their Investing Decisions and What Corporations Should Do about This Trend


31 October, 2013 | (01 hr)

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Institutional investors have traditionally made investment decisions guided by a "prudent person" fiduciary standard that has most often been seen as precluding consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Recent events, however, have challenged many of the assumptions underlying that understanding. Interpretation of fiduciary duty is now evolving toward requiring that investors take ESG issues more into account. This webcast will explore the considerations driving this evolution in the application of fiduciary duty principles.

Who should attend Executive Directors, CEOs, Chief Legal Counsel, Corporate Secretaries, Corporate Governance Officers, Risk Officers, Investor Relations Executives, Institutional Investors.

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Keith L. Johnson

Keith L. Johnson
Chair, Institutional Investor Services Group
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Keith L. Johnson chairs the Institutional Investor Services Group at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., a Midwest-based law firm in the United States. Mr. Johnson represents pension funds and institutional investors globally on fiduciary, investmen... Full Bio

Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman
Executive Director and Head of Global Business Development
GMI Ratings

Howard Shermanis Executive Director and Head of Global Business Development for GMI Ratings, the corporate governance, ESG and forensic accounting research and ratings agency. He also serves as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of t... Full Bio

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato (Moderator)
Council Director & Academy Director
The Conference Board

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato has more than 30 years experience in various aspects of corporate finance, regulatory economics and corporate governance. In 1993 she founded The Conference Board’s Global Corporate Governance Research Center and in ... Full Bio

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