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NIRI and Nasdaq Webinar Recap: The Index / Activist Convergence

NIRI and Nasdaq Webinar Recap: The Index / Activist Convergence

by Declan Wasp

On June 28 2018, Nasdaq’s Daniel Romito, Global Head of Investor Analytics, and Nicolai Lundy, Director of Education and Partnerships at SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board), discussed how the convergence of ESG (Environmental Social and Governance), Index Investing and Activism is transforming shareholder engagement and activism globally. During the presentation, Dan and Nicolai shared key insights on how best practices for investor relations professionals are adjusting with a changing financial landscape.

Some key points from Dan’s and Nicolai’s discussion:

 

  • ESG plays a vital role in quantifying the risk premium assigned to an equity.
  • Index funds are utilizing ESG as a means to voice their opinions by placing a larger spotlight on the long-term sustainability of a given corporate’s governance framework.
  • ESG’s primary components; Environmental, Human Rights, Labor Practices & Decent Work, Economic, Society and Product Responsibility, allow for a company to not only focus on important philanthropic issues, but also to be viewed as a proxy for long term capital.
  • Index investor’s utilization of ESG have shifted from passive to active investing, which has opened “a new branch of shareholder activism.”
  • SASB’s industry-specific standards on sustainability topics, such as ESG, can be vital for businesses and investors.

 

You can watch the replay here.

 


 

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