Symposium: The State of ESG Data and Metrics

On September 22, 2017, the Journal of Environmental Investing (JEI), the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) will present our journal issue and invitation-only symposium on “The State of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Data and Metrics.” Professors Dan Esty and Todd Cort of Yale University, acting as guest editors and hosts, will welcome other leading academic researchers and industry practitioners to present groundbreaking papers on ESG data and metrics.

Publication of the papers in the JEI on September 22 will coincide with the symposium, which will be held at the Yale School of Management’s award-winning Evans Hall in New Haven, Connecticut.

The symposium is a unique opportunity to interact with other senior representatives of large corporations, pension funds, endowments, and foundations, as well as individual fund managers and data providers, on the future of ESG data. The presenters and topics will include the following:

  • Mark Kriss, Macroclimate – Geo-Financial Engineering Initiative: Using Real Time Environmental Data from Satellites to Move Financial Markets and Improve Climate Outcomes
  • Erik Allen, Rho AI – The Application of Machine Learning to Sustainable Finance
  • Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists – A Methodology for Assessment of Corporate Responsibility on Climate Change: A Case Study of the Fossil Fuel Industry
  • Linda Eling-Lee, MSCI – The Performance Implications of Reducing “Headline Risk”
  • Bill Davis, Stance Capital – Performance and Impact: Can ESG Equity Portfolios Generate Healthier Financial Returns?

For more information, please contact Cary Krosinsky at ckrosinsky@thejei.com.

 

The State of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Data and Metrics

Symposium Agenda

Friday September 22, 2017

Location: Evans Hall, Yale School of Management, 165 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT

09:30 Coffee
10:00 Welcome Dan Esty, Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF)
Cary Krosinsky, JEI
10:15 State of Play in ESG Investing Todd Cort, YISF
10:30 Keynote Address Michael Hankin, Brown Advisory
11:15 Breakout Sessions
Breakout A: ESG Data Applications Moderator: TBD
  • Mark Kriss, Macroclimate – Geo-Financial Engineering Initiative: Using Real Time Environmental Data from Satellites to Move Financial Markets and Improve Climate Outcomes
  • Erik Allen, Rho AI – The Application of Machine Learning to Sustainable Finance

Breakout B: Indices and Investor Analytics           Moderator: TBD

  • Satyajit Bose, Columbia University – The Value and Current Limitations of ESG Data for the Security Selector
  • D. Scott Showalter, North Carolina State University – Investor’s Guide to Analyzing Company Sustainability Performance

Breakout C: ESG Finance Vehicles                          Moderator: TBD

  • Lev Dynkin, Barclay’s – Sustainable Investing and Bond Returns
  • Patrick Bigger, University of Lancaster – Ratings, Standards, and Practices for Comingling Risks in Green Bonds
  • Venkataram Sankaranarayanan, IIMB – ESG Indices and Corporate Sustainability Research from a Strategic Perspective: A Reflective Appraisal and Suggestions for Improvement
  • Riva Krut, Praxair Learning How to Count: The Complexities for ESG Investors of Comparing Energy Efficiency and GHG Performance
12:15 Lunch Buffet in School of Management Courtyard
12:45 Lunch Plenary TBD
1:30 Breakout Sessions

Breakout A: Materiality and Corporate Financial Disclosure

  • Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Global Reporting Initiative

Breakout B: ESG Investor Strategy                          Moderator: TBD

  • Karina Funk, Brown Advisory – ESG and Active Alpha: How Can ESG Metrics Help Us Understand Both Company and Fund Performance?
  • Linda Eling-Lee, MSCI – The Performance Implications of Reducing “Headline Risk”
  • Bill Davis, Stance Capital – Performance and Impact: Can ESG Equity Portfolios Generate Healthier Financial Returns?
2:30 Break, coffee
3:00 Breakout Sessions

Breakout A: ESG Data applications                       Moderator: TBD

  • Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists – A Methodology for Assessment of Corporate Responsibility on Climate Change: A Case Study of the Fossil Fuel Industry
  • Diana Glassman, Integration Strategy – How Companies Can Develop ESG Metrics for Their Own Operations

Breakout B: Indices and Investor Analytics           Moderator: TBD

  • Todd Cort, YISF – Sustainability Metrics: What Investors Need but Do Not Get
  • Michael Geraghty, Cornerstone Capital – The State of ESG Metrics: Challenges Facing Investors Attempting to Integrate ESG Data into Decision-Making
  • Elyse Douglas (or Tensie Whalen), New York University – Responsible Investing: A Guide to ESG Data Providers and Relevant Trends
4:15 Wrap-up Discussion, Plenary Dan Esty, YISF
5:00 Close

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