Many industry experts believe the Biden administration will try to increase support for the use of environmental, social and governance (ESG)-themed investments, including by tax-qualified retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). At the same time, investment managers and index providers are holding companies to greater account for a lack of diversity and inclusion on boards and in senior management positions. There is also growing demand for greater disclosures of environmental impact data by private and publicly traded companies alike.
This editorial webinar will feature a panel of ESG experts discussing the current and future state of ESG investing, both inside and outside ERISA plans. Particular attention will be paid to the regulatory environment and defining the critical concept of “materiality,” as well as the potential to pursue greater investment returns by seeking out companies with higher ESG ratings.