The CSR Minute: CSR Investing Summit Explores Purpose-Driven Financial Practices

Aug 7, 2017 5:00 PM ET

CSR Investing Summit Explores Purpose-Driven Financial Practices

Last month, I attended the fifth “Summer in the City” CSR Investing Summit, an annual overview of the purpose-driven investment sector sponsored by S-Network Global Indexes. One hundred forty impact investing practitioners, thought leaders, investment managers, endowment consultants, academics, and NGO professionals spent one long July day exchanging views on how to define, manage, and measure responsible investing.

At this year’s event, speakers explored ways to quantify and defend ESG investments against risk. Panel topics included high-conviction investing, ESG integration and data quality, and the politics of sustainability. Special highlights included a survey of ESG investing in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a panel on defining “American Investing Values and Purposeful Investing,” which I moderated.

The big takeaway is that the ESG-driven investment field continues to move into the mainstream of financial practice. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

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