Written on 10 March 2020.
The purpose of these awards is to honour best-in-class fund providers, research and ratings teams and services providers who now have a key part to play as sustainable and ESG investing moves firmly into the mainstream.
Best Sustainable & ESG Research & Ratings Provider
Best Sustainable and ESG Research Team
Best Sustainable and ESG Service Provider
Most Innovative Launch
Best Thought Leadership Paper
Best Sustainable & ESG ETF
Best Sustainable & ESG Index Provider
Sustainable and ESG Fund Management Group of the Year
Best Sustainable & ESG WM/DFM Group
Best Group for ESG Integration
Outstanding Contribution to the Industry (Individual)
Best Sustainable & ESG Education Initiative
Best Environmental / Climate Change Equity Fund
Best Environmental / Climate Change Bond Fund
Best Sustainable & ESG Equity Fund
Best Sustainable & ESG Bond Fund
Best Sustainable & ESG Multi-Asset Fund
Best Sustainable & ESG Alternative Assets Fund
Best Green Bond Fund
Best Impact Equity Fund
Best Impact Bond Fund
The judging panel of industry experts has been extended to 20-strong this year to bring in a broader range of expertise, including more fund selectors specialising in this area, to decide the winners for the new categories
To help decide on the Best Thought Leadership Paper, they added academics such as Gianfranco Gianfrate of EDHEC Business School to the panel, as well as Julia Dreblow of SRI Services and Philipp Hirche of The WikiRate Project, alongside existing judge Lisa Stonestreet of the EIRIS Foundation. Their areas of expertise are Climate Change, ESG, Sustainability and Impact respectively.
The expertise of this panel will be invaluable in selecting the original thinking which may shape the future of the industry. Gianfranco commented:
I am delighted to join the judging panel of the Investment Week Award. To deliver on the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy, it is of paramount importance to recognize the efforts of investment firms who “walk the talk” in ESG and Sustainability
Access here Professor Gianfrate’s latest EDHEC-Risk Institute Working Paper Climate Change and Credit Risk.
On March 8, the Financial Times reported his comments about the need for more skilled professionals and talent in sustainable finance esg and responsible investment stewardship in an article entitled Jobs bonanza in stewardship and sustainable investing teams.
Gianfranco Gianfrate is Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School and Sustainable Finance Lead Expert at EDHEC-Risk Institute . He writes and researches on topics related to innovation financing, corporate valuation, and climate change finance. Prior to joining EDHEC Business School, he held teaching and research positions at Erasmus University (Netherlands), Harvard University (USA), and Bocconi University (Italy). Gianfranco also has extensive experience in the financial industry, having worked, among others, for Deloitte Corporate Finance (Italy), Hermes Investment Management (UK), and iStarter (UK). Gianfranco holds a BA and a PhD in Business Administration from Bocconi University and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.