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ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: 2020 ESG Trends to Watch

ESG themes are long-term, but some can emerge with sudden force. In this webcast, MSCI dives into five trends they believe will unfold in 2020 to catapult ESG investing into the new decade.

Why should you listen to the webcast?

  • The resurgence of stakeholder capitalism means that shareholders are no longer alone in finding channels to hold companies accountable.
  • Whether it’s accessing capital or embarking on a workforce makeover, the top echelon of corporate management will find that deft management of ESG issues becomes a critical core competency.
  • Climate change accelerates as an investment theme, driving a looming re-valuation for "brown" properties and a search by investors for opportunities through mining alternative data sources.

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Speakers

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Lee Souter

Vice President, Analytics Specialist

FactSet

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Linda-Eling Lee

Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Research

MSCI

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Lee Souter

Vice President, Analytics Specialist | FactSet

Mr. Lee Souter is a VP, Analytics Specialist who is responsible for FactSet's analytics sales and client relationship management in Canada. In this role, he focuses on providing content, analytics, and attribution solutions to clients across equities, fixed income, and multi-asset class strategies. Prior to this role, Mr. Souter was a Sales Specialist on FactSet's Fixed Income Analytics team in the Americas and began his career at FactSet as an investment management consultant. Mr. Souter earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance from Boston University. He is a CFA charterholder and Certified Financial Risk Manager.

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Linda-Eling Lee

Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Research | MSCI

As Global Head of Research for MSCI’s ESG Research group, Linda-Eling Lee oversees all ESG-related content and methodology. MSCI ESG Research is the largest provider of ESG Rating and analytics to global institutional investors. Linda leads one of the largest teams of research analysts in the world who are dedicated to identifying risks and opportunities arising from material ESG issues. She and her team have been widely recognised as the best SRI/ESG researchers by market surveys and awards.

Linda joined MSCI in 2010 following the acquisition of RiskMetrics, where she led ESG ratings research and was head of consumer sector analysis. Linda joined RiskMetrics Group in 2009 through the acquisition of Innovest. Prior to joining Innovest, Linda was the Research Director at the Center for Research on Corporate Performance, developing academic research at Harvard Business School into management tools to drive long-term corporate performance. Previously, she was a strategy consultant with Monitor Group in Europe and in Asia, where she worked with Fortune 500 clients in industries ranging from beverages to telecommunications.

Linda received her AB from Harvard, MSt from Oxford, and PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. Linda has published research both in management journals such as the Harvard Business Review and MIT’s Sloan Management Review, as well as in top academic peer-reviewed journals such as Management Science and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She is frequent media commentator on ESG topics and sustainable investing in outlets including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the New York Times.

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