Impact Investing in Public Equities
Academic studies suggest that companies addressing social and environmental challenges tend to outperform in the long run, yet the majority of impact investors focus on smaller scale companies through private equity and debt.
The GIIN’s 2017 Impact Investor Report noted only 16% of impact investors currently invest via public securities. In addition, it’s estimated that addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require $5 – 7 trillion of investments per year. Public equities could contribute towards the required investments.
Increased recognition of the financial benefits of incorporating ESG factors in to public equities analysis, coupled with an increased investor demand, has led to an influx of asset managers offering sustainability and impact based investment strategies. Lee Qian, Investment Manager on Baillie Gifford’s Positive Change strategy, will discuss the core foundations vital for impact investing in public equity markets. He will also discuss the comprehensive approach his investment team has developed, and continues to develop, in reporting the impact of their clients’ portfolios.
Lee Qian | Lee Qian grew up in China during a period of incredible economic and social progress, when hundreds of millions of people were lifted out of poverty and the standard of living improved for the majority of the population. Witnessing that has influenced Lee deeply about the role of businesses in society. Lee graduated BA (Hons) in Economics and Management from Oxford University in 2012. Lee joined Baillie Gifford in 2012 and is an Investment Manager for the Positive Change strategy.
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