Determining the financial impact of ESG investing

Tuesday 07 September 2021 | 17:00 - 18:20 | Webinar

This webinar has been organised by CFA UK's ESG working group

Meta-studies examining the relationship between environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and financial performance have a decades-long history. Almost all the articles they cover, however, were written before 2015. Those analyses found positive correlations between ESG performance and operational efficiencies, stock performance and lower cost of capital.

Five years later, we have seen exponential growth in ESG and impact investing – due in large part to increasing evidence that business strategy focused on material ESG issues is synonymous with high-quality management teams and improved returns.

In collaboration with Rockefeller Asset Management and Casey Clark, CFA, the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business examine the relationship between ESG and financial performance in more than 1,000 research papers from 2015 – 2020. The report authors Tracy Van Holt and Ulrich Atz will share their findings with the CFA UK community in this informative webinar. 

Where recordings are made, these are a member benefit that are accessed through the member-only platform, CFA UK Discover.


Registration: 16:55

Event: 17:00 - 18:00

CPD Points: 1.00


Ulrich Atz, Research Fellow, Center for Sustainable Business

Ulrich Atz is a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Business and part of the NYU Stern doctoral program in accounting. In his prior role as Associate Researcher, he provided quantitative expertise and co-authored the article on the return on sustainability investment (honored with a "best paper" award). His research interests cover sustainability disclosures and ESG information, financial and business innovation, and statistical methods for interpreting data. 

He also served as the Chief Measurement & Technology Officer at NYU’s HUMAN Project, a research platform and mHealth startup until its launch as a private company. Before moving to New York City, he worked at the Open Data Institute (ODI), a world-leading organisation advocating for the innovative use of open data. 

Tracy Van Holt, Research Associate Professor, NYU Stern School of Business

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