As dominant market players, the actions that institutional investors take have a lasting and tangible impact in determining their members’ future. But in today’s world, asset owners must go beyond simply providing a financially healthy retirement for their members – they must consider the implications of their investment processes and its impact on both planet and people.

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) defines responsible investment as “an approach to investing that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns.”

Investing a fund’s assets is not just about seeking maximum returns, it’s about creating a lasting and positive legacy. But the complexity of ESG begs difficult questions, including whether there is an equal application of each factor, the distribution of responsibility between companies, the government and regulators and the growing threat of inequality.

Our inaugural Institutional ESG Investment Summit on 17th May will see leading names from pensions, insurance, foundations and endowment funds share their insights on panel discussions. These panel debates will be complemented by our unique Talking Tables workshops, where attendees look at the most pertinent issues that were raised in an in-depth study conducted by Clear Path Analysis in late 2017.

With ESG issues now a permanent fixture of any and every investment committee meeting, those paying lip service to the concept are the exception, not the rule.

Registration to the Institutional ESG Investment Summit is only open to representatives of pension plans, insurers, foundation and endowment funds, charities and other asset owner groups. Find out more about the summit.

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