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ESG Integration: Assessing the Effectiveness of ESG Ratings

Institutional investors are becoming increasingly aware of the potential risk and value impact of ESG factors, and their potential effect on the long-term risk and return profile of investment portfolios. Managing investment risk, including ESG risk, has become part of an integrated portfolio construction and management process.

Integrating ESG into the investment process is also the first principle for PRI signatories, and is increasingly being mandated and scrutinized by asset owners who are becoming more focused on ESG.

However, the interpretation and evaluation of ESG issues is highly dependent on the perspective and objective of the user. This is true for corporate ratings and even truer for country ratings.

But what’s really involved in incorporating ESG factors into investment decisions across asset classes? Can equity portfolios achieve superior risk-adjusted returns and better reduce their portfolio’s risk of extremely negative by investing in companies with superior ESG characteristics? And how can ESG criteria provide a useful supplementary analytical tool for sovereign bond analysis?

MSCI ESG Research, Towers Watson, Bank Sarasin and SinCo invite you to a global ESG Leaders Webinar where our industry experts will address these questions and discuss the benefits of integrating ESG factors across asset classes.

The ESG Leaders webinar is hosted by Martina Macpherson, Vice President at MSCI ESG Research, and moderated by Mike Scott, Managing Editor at Carbon Copy Communications Ltd. Speakers include:

  • Noel Friedman, Vice President – Business Manager, ESG Research Products, MSCI ESG Research

  • Hewson Baltzell, Executive Director – Head of Product Development, ESG Research, MSCI ESG Research

  • Graham Sinclair, Principal, SinCo (Sustainable i+Investment Consulting)

  • Roger Urwin, Global Head of Investment Content, Towers Watson

  • Balazs Magyar, Sustainability Analyst, Bank Sarasin


>> Read more about this and other ESG topics in Evolutions in Sustainable Investing by Nick Robins and Stephen Viederman.

Sustainable investment is expanding in both volume and quality of thought. We seek to add to our body of knowledge by sharing ideas with thought-leaders globally and sharpening ideas in salons across the world.


Agenda Topics Include:
  • Integration of ESG Factors
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of ESG Ratings across asset classes
  • Comparing ESG Sovereign Ratings and Conventional Sovereign Debt Analysis


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