ESG vs. Financial Performance: Does Sustainability Lead to Lower Returns?

Thursday, November 19, 1:00 PM ET /  10:00 am PDT

Investors are still asking whether investing in firms that score highly on sustainability issues leads to lower returns. To provide some clarity, we will look at the ESG and financial performance of large cap firms worldwide (US, EU, Asia and Pacific regions). Then, we will get practical insights from an industry expert and talk about building sustainable ESG strategies.

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Join us to discuss:

  • How ESG  performance of firms relates to their return/risk characteristics and what are the regional variations in that respect?

  • How ESG data varies per region and what dynamics we can see in ESG data availability?

  • How did well-performing ESG firms fare during the coronavirus crisis and what are the implications for portfolio managers?

  • What is the key to building a sustainable ESG strategy in the post-COVID era?
Meet our speakers
Dr Svetlana Borovkova

Head of Quantitative Modelling
Probability & Partners

Dr Svetlana Borovkova is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Finance in Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Head of Quantitative Modelling in risk advisory firm Probability & Partners. She is renowned for her work in, among others, sentiment analysis in finance, commodity market modelling and systemic risk. Dr Borovkova has over 50 scientific and professional publications in quant finance and risk management. She is a frequent speaker at a major industry events such as Risk Minds and Quant Minds.  

Elena Philipova

Head of ESG Proposition

Elena is responsible for the end-to-end management of the ESG business, products and services at Refinitiv. Elena is the Rapporteur for the Benchmarks group of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance appointed by the European Commission. Previously, Elena was Head of Company Content Management at Thomson Reuters, where she led the Global Investing and Advisory Content Management Team. Elena holds an MBA and BA in Finance and International business from Stetson University.

Guillaume Mascotto
Vice President, Head of ESG
American Century Investments

Guillaume leads American Century Investments' global environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment research and stewardship efforts.

A former senior analyst and sector lead at MSCI (NYSE: MSCI) covering utilities, and former Vice President, ESG credit research, at PIMCO focused on utilities, healthcare and banks, Guillaume also served as a corporate sustainability advisor to executive management at Resolute Forest Products (NYSE: RFP).
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