Sam & Will Attend 2018 Gitterman Sustainable Investing Conference
Written on October 29, 2018
WILLIAM L. TRAYLOR III, CFP®

Sam & Will Attend 2018 Gitterman Sustainable Investing Conference

After receiving an invitation to the 2018 Sustainable Investing Conference, Sam & Will headed to New York City to attend this exclusive event. Like industry wide interest in sustainable investing, attendance for this conference has risen rapidly. Since its inception just a few years ago, the event has grown large enough to utilize the United Nations Headquarters!

The conference featured a truly impressive lineup of panelists from inside and outside the sustainable investing world. Here is a sample of some of the speakers we were fortunate enough to hear speak:

  • Alfred Berkeley, Former Chairmen for NASDAQ
  • Karina Funk, Head of Sustainable Investing for Brown Advisory
  • Jon Hale, Head of Sustainability Research for Morningstar
  • Judith Carl, UN Capital Development Fund
  • Michael Jantzi, CEO for Sustainalytics

These panelists, as well as others, covered topics ranging from how investments in the ESG space are performing to how the UN’s sustainable development goals are being incorporated by fund companies. Assets are flowing into ESG funds at a record pace and for good reason. Companies who adhere to ESG best practices may be reducing certain types of risk (such as litigation and regulatory) which leads to better business performance.

This was an exciting conference to attend and shed some light on how sustainable investing is truly reaching mainstream acceptance and what it will progress towards in the future. We look forward to discussing what was learned at the conference internally as well as with clients in the future.

  • Will