(English Audio) Plenary 1: Has “doing ESG” become a business requirement for institutional investors?

A session by Anthony Eames, Akira Sugano, Satoshi Ikeda, Faith Ward and Hugh Wheelan
Calvert, Asset Management One, Financial Services Agency, Brunel Pension Partnership and Responsible Investor

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ESG investment is expected to grow within pension fund management in Japan. The Pension Reserve Basic Policy, revised in February 2020 and effective from April 2020, requires GPIF and all public pension funds to consider and integrate ESG factors into investment activities. Corporate pension funds are watching the move closely. However, what actually constitutes ‘doing good ESG’ still remains in question…

  • Consider: How are Japanese institutional investors thinking about long-term, sustainable returns and the importance of ESG information in those strategic and tactical investment/risk decisions? If not, why not?
  • Integrate: How is ESG data incorporated into asset class decisions, investment management hiring, strategic asset allocation and stock selection decisions/weightings?
  • Stewardship: What does ‘exercising stewardship’ mean for asset owners within discretionary investment management contracts? How should fund managers effectively be judged, selected and monitored in terms of stewardship (good internal governance, good external voting and corporate engagement)
  • Impact: How should investments be considered in terms of impact? What does it really mean? Should all ESG investments aspire to reflect the UN SDGs and bring a “Positive impact”?

  • Panel Presentation: Anthony Eames, Director of Responsible Investment Strategy, Calvert (recording)
  • Akira Sugano, President & CEO, Asset Management One
  • Satoshi Ikeda, Chief Sustainability Officer, Financial Services Agency
  • Faith Ward, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership
  • Moderator: Hugh Wheelan, Co-founder and Joint Managing Director, Responsible Investor