Well-run companies that act responsibly are not only good for society, they can be good for shareholders' pockets too. Research has demonstrated that companies with robust environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance benefit from a lower cost of capital and are more likely to deliver superior returns over time.
That's why ESG forms an integral part of the investment process across asset classes. Investors see engaging with companies and their management as a fundamental part of our duty as an active investor. As well as improving performance, engagement adds value by enhancing communication and understanding between companies and investors.
Asset owners are increasingly becoming aware of the impact ESG factors can have on companies and their investment performance. Not only are they asking whether asset managers are considering ESG factors and actively engaging with companies, they are asking how these factors are being incorporated within valuation and stock selection and are looking for ways to measure the sustainability of their investments.
Join us for an exciting presentation on ESG issues from a global expert in the field. Jessica Ground, Global Head of Stewardship at Schroders, will discuss case studies from ESG investing, demonstrating how it can add alpha and meet ever challenging client demands.
Ms.Ground is a Fund Manager and Global Head of Stewardship at Schroders. She leads Schroder's team ofESG analysts and corporate governance specialists integrating ESG issues across geographies and asset classes. Jessica is chair of Schroder's Corporate Governance Committee. She has been a fund manager on the Prime UK Equity team since 2006 managing institutional portfolios for a range of clients. She joined Schroders in 1997 and is based in London.
Jessica was an Analyst at Schroders from 1997 to 2006, She has extensive analytical experience covering Financials and Utilities sectors on a pan-European and global basis. Jessica is an Associate member of the CFA Society of the UK. She holds a BA in History from Bristol University.
The luncheon will take place in the Convene Commerce Square facility, conveniently located in the Commerce Square building at the corner of 20th and Market Streets in Philadelphia.
Registration is free of charge for professionals interested in ESG initiatives.
Thank you to the sponsor of our luncheon: