CFA Conference: Post Compendium

CFAI have been live-blogging at the 67th CFA Institute Annual Conference here in Seattle. As before, I have been very gratified at the kind reception they have received. This post will act as a compendium of these posts so that you may find them in one convenient location. Links to the posts are provided below, with the most recent listed first.

CFA Conference: Sustainable and Responsible Investing: Can Markets Save the World? (Panel)

CFASustainable and Responsible Investing: Can Markets Save the World?

Moderated by Roger Urwin, Towers Watson Limited

David Blood is co-founder of and senior partner at Generation Investment Management, LLP. Previously, he served as co-CEO and CEO at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Mr. Blood is on the boards of Harvest Power, New Forests, SHINE, Social Finance US, and The Nature Conservancy. He holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Stephen Rumsey is CEO at Permian Global Advisors LLP and an environmental conservationist. Previously, he served on a number of environmental not-for-profit boards and as the deputy chairman and treasurer at BirdLife International. Mr. Rumsey also served as investment manager at a large UK pension fund and designed and ran the debt markets business at Barclays de Zoete Wedd (now Barclays Capital). He also worked at Merrill Lynch and founded European Credit Management (ECM), which was sold to Wachovia/Wells Fargo. Mr. Rumsey is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Janet Ranganathan is vice president for science and research at the World Resources Institute (WRI). Previously, she founded and directed WRI’s People and Ecosystems Program and served in WRI’s Markets and Enterprise Program and Climate and Energy Program. Ms. Ranganathan also developed and directed WRI’s US Climate Policy Initiative and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, a partnership convened by WRI and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She also served as a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and in a regulatory capacity at the Department of Environment and Hertfordshire Water Regulatory Authority. Ms. Ranganathan serves on the boards of Ceres, the International Integrated Reporting Council, and the Mars Science Advisory Committee and is a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee for the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme supported by the UK Department for International Development. She has written extensively on a broad range of sustainable development challenges. Ms. Ranganathan holds a BSc and an MSc in environmental technology from Imperial College.

Key questions:

  • What are the sustainability challenges facing the world and the resulting opportunities and risks for investing? Are current “sustainable investing” approaches viable and scalable?
  • Can markets be used to effectively price environmental externalities and create incentives for sustainable investment practices?
  • What conclusions can be drawn from empirical evidence about the performance of sustainable and responsible investing?

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