Leading Research Centre in France on Responsible Investment, Novethic organizes events to push investors to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in their practices.
THE PREVIOUS EDITIONS:
THE 2010 EDITION
EUROPEAN ASSET OWNERS: ESG PERCEPTION AND INTEGRATION PERSPECTIVES
251 European asset owners across nine countries with EUR 7.5 billion in assets under management participated in this survey conducted for the first time by Novethic, in partnership with Eurosif and with the support of BNP IP.
Shareholders that work to influence companies' ESG policy can come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are SRI investors, others are from unions. Some focus on governance issues such as executive compensation, while others look at social aspects such as trade union rights. However, these approaches all share the resistance often felt from the companies identified.
To integrate ESG criteria into asset management, investors need companies to provide them with exhaustive, reliable information that can be used in year-to year comparisons within a given sector. They must then help their clients understand the extra-financial characteristics of a portfolio managed in line with these criteria. What indicators are used to report to clients on the environmental and social impact of their investments?
GOVERNANCE: ARE ASSET OWNERS A DRIVING FORCE FOR SRI?
Executives of joint and collective institutions and trade union representatives took part in the last debate of the day to answer the following questions: Are SRI practices an inevitable construct of asset owners' values and in what conditions? Do trade unions use their influence to boost SRI? What role do directors play?
INTEGRATE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR MORE VIRTUOUS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Closing remarks by Isabelle Autissier, activist navigator for the promotion of sustainable development, Chairwoman of WWF France and Ambassador of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), discussed why we need to integrate environmental protection and human rights for more virtuous economic development.