Wednesday webinar at one: The textiles industry unravelled

Wednesday 27 October 2021 | 13:00 - 13:40 | Webinar

This session is brought to you by CFA UK's ESG working group

What people wear largely defines their identity, their culture, age group or even ideology to which they belong or aspire to belong. How clothes are made betrays a society’s priorities, whether the long and complex supply chain should be ruled by the cheapest bidder, or whether each farmer and factory involved in making clothes should be treated with dignity.

This session will introduce a representative case from Europe and Japan of a company whose horizon spans not only people’s outer appearance but also society’s backyard. Through their evolving work on their supply chain and their growing recognition that their survival depends not only on selling clothes but also on a sustainable relationship with the people who make those clothes and with our planet.

Our panel of experts will explore the metrics with which investors can hold apparel makers to account and explain how they have tried to look far beyond the P&L to make a long term investment decision about these companies.

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Registration: 12:55

Event: 13:00 - 13:40

CPD Points: 0.75


Alistair Wittet, CFA,  Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Comgest

Alistair Wittet, CFA, joined Comgest in 2012 and is an Analyst and Portfolio Manager specialising in European equities. Alistair co-leads Comgest’s Pan Europe, Europe ex UK and Europe smaller companies strategies.

He started his career in 2006 as an Analyst at Standard Life Investments in Edinburgh. He went on to join Citigroup’s London office in 2009, specialising in the pan‐European food retail sector as an Equity Analyst. A British and French national, Alistair is a geography graduate from Durham University and a CFA charterholder.

Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel, ESG Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Comgest

Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel joined Comgest in 2013 and leads the ESG Team. He is a co-lead Portfolio Manager of the Comgest growth europe plus and Comgest growth world plus funds and an ESG Analyst responsible for the coverage of developed markets. Sébastien is also member of the group investment committee and responsible investment committee.

Starting his career as a buy-side analyst at Deutsche Bank in 1998, Sébastien later became a Portfolio Manager at BFT Gestion (Crédit Agricole) before moving to Oddo Securities where he was initially a technology analyst before assuming the role of sustainable and responsiblenvestment (SRI) analyst, a position he held for five years before joining Comgest.

He graduated from the ESCP business school in Paris in 1997 before completing a post-graduate degree in financial engineering at the Sorbonne University.

Richard Kaye, Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Comgest 

Richard Kaye joined Comgest in 2009 and is a Tokyo-based Analyst and Portfolio Manager specialising in Japanese equities. With a wealth of experience in Japanese equities, Richard became co-lead of Comgest’s Japan equity strategy upon joining the Group.

He started his career in 1994 as an analyst with the Industrial Bank of Japan and then joined Merrill Lynch in the same role in 1996. In 2005 he moved to the Wellington Management Company in Boston as a portfolio manager of Japanese TMT stocks.

Richard graduated from Oxford University where he majored in oriental studies.

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