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ESG Investing: Does It Work And How To Do It

How do investors actually implement ESG investing, given greenwashing and data limitations?

Wednesday, June 10th 2020 - Online | 2.30pm BST / 9.30am ET

ESG investing has historically been seen as only of interest to “socially responsible” investors with social as well as financial objectives.  However, traditional investors with purely financial goals have started to recognise the importance of ESG factors. But does ESG investing actually deliver superior financial returns? And even if so, how do investors actually implement ESG investing, given greenwashing and data limitations?

Professor Alex Edmans will present the rigorous evidence both for and against ESG investing – which ESG dimensions improve financial returns and which do not – as well as a framework for implementing responsible investing in practice and common pitfalls to avoid. Alex will draw on large-scale research, real-life examples across a range of industries, and his new book “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit.”



Alex Edmans

Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. Alex has a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and given the TED talk “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World” and the TEDx talk “The Social Responsibility of Business” with a combined 2 million views. He has appeared on Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ITV, Sky News and Sky Sports, and written for the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Wall Street Journal. At Wharton, he won 14 teaching awards in 6 years; at LBS, he won the Excellence in Teaching award for best professor across all programmes. He has been named to Poets and Quants Best 40 Professors Under 40 and Thinkers50 Radar, and serves on the Responsible Investment Advisory Committee of Royal London Asset Management and ESG advisor to Research Affiliates which runs $200 billion of smart beta funds.