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Civilian Firearms in the US: A Framework for Investor Action

Gun control has long been a contentious issue in American political discourse, repeatedly brought back to the fore in the aftermath of mass shootings. Recent mass shooting events have led to the United States gun industry facing increased pressure. This new wave of activism is targeting both the manufacturers and retailers of firearms as well financial institutions that invest in or help to fund these companies’ operations. What are the options for institutional investors, including public funds, for taking action on this issue? Join us for a webinar with MSCI experts to discuss how investors may choose to set an investment policy that calls for an engagement approach, a divestment approach, or a combination of the two. We will also review the easily customized screening options for understanding exposure to the firearms industry, as well as the potential performance implications of divestment.

May 10, 2018



9:00 a.m. PDT San Francisco
12:00 p.m. EDT New York
5:00 p.m. BST London



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Event Speakers

Michelle Lapolla Friedman

Executive Director, ESG Research | MSCI

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Joseph Williams

Vice President, ESG Research | MSCI

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Brian Rice

Portfolio Manager | CalSTRS

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