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Recently, we sat down (virtually, of course) with Rachel Teo, an upcoming keynote speaker at the 2021 Challenge of Change Forum happening in Vancouver from October 13-15. Rachel is Senior Vice-president, Head, Futures (Research) Unit, with GIC in Singapore. Rachel will be presenting a case study of GIC’s approach to sustainable investing and, in advance of the event, she offered us some insights into GIC’s sustainable investing framework.
Keeping with the theme of highlighting our 2021 Challenge of Change Forum speakers, we also spoke to Jennifer Coulson, Vice-president, ESG and Public Markets. Jennifer will be joining a panel on ESG and how they have surfaced important discussions among pension investors about the boundaries of fiduciary duty when it comes to how the companies they invest in do business. Is it time to grow beyond the ESG conversation and view sustainability as a core component of portfolio risk management?
Each year, severe weather events including floods, wildfires, windstorms, droughts, hail and destructive thunderstorms, pose a serious risk to cities across Canada. Although each city faces a unique combination of climate change related challenges, flooding has become the most widespread and costly natural disaster across Canada (IBC 2019).
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While companies are under ever greater pressure to demonstrate that their activities are sustainable for the environment and society, traders often struggle to discern the value of the information provided. Maybe it is too vague, or it does not fit in with the here-and-now time horizon of stock markets.