Many industry experts believe the Biden administration will try to increase support for the use of environmental, social and governance (ESG)-themed investments, including by tax-qualified retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). At the same time, investment managers and index providers are holding companies to greater account for a lack of diversity and inclusion on boards and in senior management positions. There is also growing demand for greater disclosures of environmental impact data by private and publicly traded companies alike.
This hourlong editorial webinar will feature a panel of ESG experts discussing the current and future state of ESG investing, both inside and outside ERISA plans. Particular attention will be paid to the regulatory environment, as well as the potential to pursue greater investment returns by seeking out companies with higher ESG ratings.
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    Michael Young
    Manager of Education Programs, U.S. Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
    Michael is responsible for our U.S. SIF’s three courses (the free online course for individual investors, the Fundamentals live and online course for financial professionals, and the CSRIC designation with the College for Financial Planning), creating educational materials out of the existing content of the U.S. SIF Foundation, and continuing to create new materials that will help advance our field.

    Before joining U.S. SIF, Michael spent 16 years working in mutual funds, separately managed accounts, closed-end funds, and exchange-traded funds. Michael served as Director of Business Development for AdvisorShares, an actively managed ETF provider, where his clients ranged from registered investment advisors and financial planning firms to broker-dealer firms, registered investment companies, and hedge funds.
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    John Manganaro