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Responsible Investment: exploring the ‘S’ of ESG and how to measure it

Feb 01
Date and time
Mon, 01 February  @  11:00  -  12:00
No charge to members and non-members of BITC
Open to BITC members and non-members, Community investment practitioners/managers, Environment/sustainability practitioners/managers, CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers
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Open to BITC members and non-members, Community investment practitioners/managers, Environment/sustainability practitioners/managers and CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers
No charge to members and non-members of BITC

Mon, 01 February 2021  @  11:00  –  12:00

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impacts of investments. Recent research has found that social aspects are now the most important for US investors1. Join this webinar co-hosted by the PRI, the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment, to learn about assessing your investments’ societal impacts.

About ESG

Investors have paid close attention to corporate governance and environmental issues – the ‘G’ and ‘E’ of ESG – for some time, however recent events have put social issues and equality under the spotlight1. The ‘S’ – social criteria – covers the relationships a company has, and the reputation it fosters with people and institutions in the communities where they do business. It includes labour relations and diversity and inclusion2. However, the ‘S’ is much harder to quantify in a standardised way, and therefore more difficult to translate into financial disclosures, than for instance environmental aspects such as carbon emissions. 

About the webinar

This webinar will focus on exploring what exactly is covered by the ‘S’ in ESG. Is it human rights, living wage, diversity, community investment? The session will also discuss corporate best practice on approaches and disclosures.

We will hear from experts approaching the issue from different angles to ensure an insightful and practical session.


  • Nikolaj Halkjaer Pedersen, Senior Specialist, Responsible Investment, PRI
  • Maria-Jose Subiela, Director for Global Goals, Business in the Community (BITC).
  • Anouk Heilen, Global Sustainability Director at Unilever

Business in the Community and Global Goals
BITC’s Global Goals agenda aims to drive business to accelerate pace and scale of action to deliver on the Global Goals (also known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs).

We inspire, engage and challenge businesses to be purpose-driven, taking practical action and mobilising their collective strength to deliver against the Global Goals. 

Contact details and further information
For more information, contact Florence Hughes, Events Manager at BITC.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology. Details on how to join will be sent prior to the event.

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  1. Kristen Talman (2020) ESG falls down the investment agenda, Financial Times. November 17, available at https://www.ft.com/
  2. Witold Henisz, Tim Koller, and Robin Nuttall (2019) Five ways that ESG creates value, McKinsey, November 14, available at https://www.mckinsey.com/