Innovation in the ESG Eco System
Tavistock Wealth – 30th March 2021
James Peel (our ESG Portfolio Manager), John Leiper (our Chief Investment Officer), and Sefi Roth (an external economist and member of the Tavistock Wealth Investment Committee), who moderated the event, were joined by MSCI and the LSE SU Green Finance Society to discuss Innovation in the ESG Ecosystem.
The panel discussion included:
- Introduction to panellists
- Tavistock’s approach to investments and the market
- In-depth analysis of ESG data and risk management
- James Peel talks about the ESG Ecosystem and investment opportunities in the sustainability space
- How Tavistock uses ESG now and how it can help in the future through consistent analysis of our strategy and risk
- John Leiper talks about innovation within the ESG Ecosystem and the parallel rise in big data
- ESG Today and Tomorrow – MSCI research around ESG investing
- Trends to watch for 2021
- General Q&As
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