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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.


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, investment, corporate governance and securities litigation ...Full Bio

Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman
Executive Director and Head of Corporate Governance Business Development
MSCI ESG Research

Howard Sherman is a co-founder and former CEO of Governance Metrics International, which merged with The Corporate Library and Audit Integrity in 2010 to form GMI Ratings. GMI was in turn acquired by MSCI in 2014. Mr. Sherman now serves as Head of Corporate Governance Business Dev...Full Bio

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato (Moderator)
Co-Council Director, Corporate Governance Council
The Conference Board
The Conference Board

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato has more than 30 years experience in various aspects of corporate governance, corporate finance and regulatory economics. Her work is globally recognized in such fields as: tracking the growth of global institutional investors; how equity market short-termism is dis...Full Bio

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