Investor Focus On ESG Will Reshape The Sustainability Market Opportunity (Webinar)

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Executive Summary

For the last 15 years, the majority of large firms pursued a passive sustainability strategy which involved producing an annual report, setting long-term goals and engaging stakeholders. These strategies are no longer viable as the financial community has embraced the potential for high quality ESG data to enhance investment decisions in the short-term and long-term.

During this webinar, Verdantix CEO David Metcalfe will explain how the ESG ratings and data being sold by global financial information providers such as S&P Global and Moody’s to investors will force CEOs and CFOs to adopt active sustainability strategies. This will trigger significant changes in corporate governance, big investments in ESG information systems and the operationalization of sustainability strategies.

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About the authors

David Metcalfe

CEO

David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

Yaowen Ma

Principal Analyst

Yaowen is a Principal Analyst at Verdantix conducting research on EHS and ESG information management. His current agenda focuses on digital technologies, best practices and growth strategies across EHS, product stewardship, sustainability performance and ESG risk management. Yaowen has more than seven years of experience managing and delivering EHS and ESG research and consulting engagements to corporates, vendors, investors and industry associations. He holds a dual major bachelor’s degree in environmental management and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

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