Summary of ESG and Impact Investing Across Asset Classes with Goldman Sachs | April 23, 2019

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Goldman Sachs' work in impact investing and its focus on environmental, social, and economic (ESG) factors is discussed in this video. The role of investors in developing sustainable policies is also discussed, and success stories are shared.

  • 00:00:00 This video introduces Goldman Sachs' approach to sustainable investing, which incorporates ESG data and analysis into investment decisions. The panelists discuss the trend and importance of sustainable investing, as well as some of the strategies that Goldman employs to pursue it.
  • 00:05:00 The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business is partnering with companies like Goldman Sachs to help raise the next generation of leaders. Jessica, a senior director at Naveen Investment Management, explained that ESG factors are incorporated into all of the firm's fixed income investments, and they're also looking for companies that are creating positive social and environmental impact. Lee, a portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs, talked about the firm's commitment to ESG investing and its importance in creating a responsible investment portfolio. Lastly, Journey Czaress, a vice president at Pegasus Asset Management, shared how the firm is integrating ESG into its corporate culture and investing in green bonds, social bonds, and sustainable resources.
  • 00:10:00 Goldman Sachs provides a framework for ESG investing, which is similar to other types of private equity investing. ESG considerations are integrated into the investment process, and the firm has invested in a number of sustainability-focused companies.
  • 00:15:00 The presenter discusses Goldman Sachs' focus on integrated sustainability and its importance to the firm. Goldman Sachs has a fund that integrates sustainability into its analysis and investing, and it helps companies understand sustainability issues in a way that is easy for business leaders to understand. This helps to create value for all stakeholders, including employees, customers, and local communities.
  • 00:20:00 Goldman Sachs discusses its ESG and impact investing strategies, discussing how it looks at a company's corporate governance, labor practices, and product design. It also discusses one case where it attempted to protect minority shareholders.
  • 00:25:00 The speaker discusses Goldman Sachs' approach to ESG investing, which includes sector-specific analysis and focus on companies with a competitive advantage. They also mention that risk is more significant when assets are overvalued.
  • 00:30:00 This video discusses Goldman Sachs' views on ESG and impact investing across asset classes. The video also discusses how Goldman Sachs evaluates companies, and how they determine whether a company has a strong culture.
  • 00:35:00 Goldman Sachs discusses environmental, social, and economic (ESG) factors when investing, and mentions how these factors are going to continue to grow in importance. They also mention that companies with better governance, more socially aware practices, and green projects will be more successful in the future.
  • 00:40:00 Goldman Sachs discusses consumer awareness and focus on environmentalism, and how it is influencing the market and how companies are adapting. They also mention the trend of large companies investing in the space, and how it will continue to grow.
  • 00:45:00 The speaker provides insights on trends in ESG investing, and discusses how to pursue a career in the field. He recommends networking with like-minded individuals, and recommends focusing on values and interests that are similar to your own early on in your career.
  • 00:50:00 The panel discussed the role of investors in developing sustainable policies, and shared examples of how their investment decisions have helped to spur change. They also discussed the challenge of achieving sustainability goals in a political environment.
  • 00:55:00 This video discusses Goldman Sachs' work in impact investing, which includes investing in companies that reduce waste and improve sustainability. Some success stories are shared, including one example of Goldman Sachs investing in a pre-consumer waste company that diverted food to animals instead of landfill.

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Goldman Sachs discusses the role of ESG investment in private company valuations. They also mention the importance of sustainability thresholds in ESG investment, and how impact investing ties in nicely with these goals. The company shares ways in which their firm is trying to help bring these concepts to life.

  • 01:00:00 Goldman Sachs discusses the role of outside parties in ESG investment, highlighting how such parties can provide products and solutions that are more off-the-shelf and approachable for investors of different backgrounds and scales. The company also mentions the importance of sustainability thresholds in ESG investment, and how impact investing ties in nicely with these goals.
  • 01:05:00 Goldman Sachs discusses the impact of ESG on the valuation of private companies, specifically in the early stages of growth. While there is no one set value for ESG-laden companies, market dynamics and fundamentals will still be taken into account.
  • 01:10:00 The three speakers discussed the importance of sustainability and ESG investing, and shared ways in which their firms are trying to help bring these concepts to life. They also discussed the challenges of replicating ESG investments, and how engagement with clients and others in the industry is important for success.
  • 01:15:00 The video discusses how Goldman Sachs collects data from students. The students respond to questions about their likes and dislikes in regards to collecting data. The last question asks students which asset class they would like to see more research and analysis of.

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