While European regulators are taking steps to address the importance of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors in company management and investment, GES Investment Services and its partner Manifest Information Services gather some front figures to penetrate the implications.

The financial crisis has underlined the importance of underpinning investment strategies with sustainable investment thinking in financial markets. Already in some European countries, significant steps have been taken to improve corporate governance such as The Norwegian Code of Practice for Corporate Governance, which includes a clear statement of the board’s responsibility for corporate social responsibility. In addition, the EU Commission is working on a regulatory framework for harnessing better stewardship standards.

To prepare for this development, GES Investment Services and Manifest arrange two seminars in Sweden and Denmark on February 23-24: “Putting Investor Stewardship into Practice – Developing an Effective Engagement & Voting Policy”.

Together with a number of highly regarded ESG professionals at the forefront of the stewardship agenda, they will highlight the key questions: Will ESG integration into investment process and ownership policy be mandatory through legislation in the future? How do we address the transparency demands implicit in the notion of stewardship?

“Given the important role financial institutions play in creating an environment for companies to access capital, it is critical that they are properly governed”, says Magnus Furugård, President and Managing Director of GES Investment Services and one of the speakers.

The other speakers are: Claus Bilde, First Vice President of Nykredit Asset Management, Daniel Summerfield, Co-Head of Responsible Investment at Universities Superannuation Scheme, Erik Eidolf, Executive Director of Harcourt, Anna Hyrske, Head of Responsible Investments and CR at Ilmarinen, and Sarah Wilson, CEO of Manifest.

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Stockholm seminar, Feb 23

Copenhagen seminar, Feb 24