[VIDEO] SFi Event – Sustainable & Impact Investing & COVID-19
We were pleased to host Rosemary Addis, Lisa Genasci, Kevin Liem, Adeline Tan as our speakers and Philo Alto as our moderator for a special event focused on sustainable and impact investing and COVID-19. All panelists are members of SFi’s Advisors Network and helped unpack how sustainable and impact investments are weathering the COVID-19 correction.
Replay the webinar here to learn:
– How COVID-19 is changing ESG in 2020?
– Are sustainable investments weathering the pandemic?
– How are sustainable investors positioning their portfolios in the near and long-term?
– Will there be “business-as-usual” post-recovery and what will it look like?
Rosemary started us off with a quote by Charles Dickens – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” What is clear from this quote is the future and choices we make is a tail of two possible futures. Rosemary shared context on what we are seeing today and what is needed next to take us to a more positive future. Adeline helped us understand the value of ESG and how this has become clearer during COVID-19, how highly rated ESG firms tend to be less cyclical and are more likely to be in tech, healthcare and consumer nondurable sectors – all of which showed greater resilience during COVID-19. Lisa shared what we can learn from the pandemic that can be applied to the climate crisis. How despite scientists’ warnings that 75% of diseases were zoonotic, we did not pay attention and economic interests took precedence. Kevin shared the family office perspective – how COVID-19 has triggered the question “what can we do for communities to ease hardship in the current environment as high net worth individuals” and shared details of the new Community Resilience Fund (CRF), established by SvHK and SFi. CRF provides timely and flexible bridge funding and extra non-financial support for emergency relief to Hong Kong social enterprises.
Please enjoy this recording, and feel free to get in touch with follow-up suggestions!