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Sustainable Investing in Practice

ESG Challenges and Opportunities

Delve into the realities of sustainable investing and discover how to make Environmental, Social and Governance investing work for you with this practical guide offering insightful analysis, expert commentary and progressive solutions.
EAN: 9781398607903
Edition: 1
Format: 234x156
312 pages

About the book

Sustainable Investing in Practice takes a shrewd and honest look at the realities of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing and provides a pragmatic steer for how finance professionals can make it work for them in practice.

The book delivers a balanced overview, covering topics such as ESG ratings, data and disclosure and multi-asset portfolios. It neither blindly praises or criticises activities, but rather explains the incentives and compromises that have occurred to reach a certain point, reviewing both successes and failures in sustainable investing. By offering a realistic account of what is working and what is not, readers of this book will be given a unique and deep insight into the current environment and a suite of thought-provoking ideas they may carry forward in their own careers.

Sustainable Investing In Practice features practical examples and interviews in each chapter, from expert commentators such as Richard Curtis, Professor Robert G. Eccles and Catherine Howarth. It provides useful ideas and plans for how to take sustainable finance forward while balancing credibility and commerciality in equal measure. This is a must-read for every finance professional, investor and regulator-whether they are seeking to fast track their careers, bring commercial and sustainable learning to their organization, or upgrade their understanding of this crucial but complex topic.

About the authors

Simon Smiles, PhD, was a seasoned sustainable finance investment strategist, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He was Group Managing Director and CIO for Ultra High Net Worth Clients at Swiss multinational investment bank and financial services firm UBS Wealth Management, where he established and ran the wealth management sustainable and impact investing teams. Simon was also a IIF Future Leader, WEF Young Global Leader, and member of the Milken Institute's Young Leaders Circle. Simon was awarded a PhD in economics from Australian National University

James Purcell is the Group Head of ESG, Sustainable, and Impact Investing at Quintet Private Bank, where he is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Previously, James was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at UBS Wealth Management. In 2018 he was named by Financial News as a Rising star of Asset Management under 40. Under his supervision, UBS won variants of Best Private Bank for sustainable investing from Euromoney, Asia Private Banker, and Financial Times publications.