In advance of the event, Delano spoke with Denise Voss, independent director and chair of the ESG labelling agency Luxflag. She speaks on the “The role of the fund board in implementing an ESG strategy” panel, Tuesday 21 March at 11:40am.
Aaron Grunwald: What do you want the audience to get most from the “The role of the fund board in implementing an ESG strategy” session?
Denise Voss: This is an important, but challenging, journey we’re on and although no one has all of the answers there are many best practices being developed; personally, I’m quite encouraged.
From your point of view, what are the most challenging ESG topics that fund board directors need to address this year?
We have to remember that this is an entirely new subject for many and there’s a lot to learn. This is why sustainable finance education is so important, and why one main focus of directors this year should be reading up on ESG topics on a regular basis and getting training from the asset managers they work with, etc.
What aspect of ESG investing are you most optimistic about at the moment?
Adding environmental, social and governance criteria and factors to the investment analysis and decision making process means that asset managers are taking a more holistic and long term view. This is positive for the environment and society and, I believe, investors.
Aside from your own talk at the Alfi event, which session are you most looking forward to hearing, and why?
I have the honor of chairing the afternoon of the first day of the conference so I’m looking forward to hearing those sessions!