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To What Extent Can ESG Become A Proxy For Traditional Financial Analysis?

September 14, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Societe Generale
About this meeting

Financial markets clearly aspire to integrate ESG into decision-making much more systematically – but ESG factors themselves are by design non-financial.   So how is ESG actually affecting financial analysis, and how should it?   When we look carefully at the intersection of ESG and financial analysis tools, what do we actually see?

NeuGroup will facilitate this session in which Societe Generale will share its experience and observations, with members adding their experience around:

  1. How are issuers, investors, equity holders, and raters articulating the intersection of ESG and corporate finance?
  2. Analytical rules of thumb and practical advice – where do we think ESG financial analysis is headed, and how to engage in the conversation today
  3. Regional differences exist in these Treasury decision-trees, notably around possible tradeoffs or overlap between traditional corporate finance principles and ESG imperatives – will these persist, and how should we stay flexible?
About this Working Group

NeuGroup formed the ESG Working Group in 2020 as a result of requests from members and the multiple ESG discussions appearing in individual peer group meetings. These more informal working sessions provide an opportunity for interested members to share experiences on common topics, document best practices and welcome outside experts to speak on current trends – including companies that are not yet NeuGroup members. The ESG group will also coordinate with virtual interactive sessions on similar topics, and is expected to include discussions on Green Bonds, ESG Risk ratings, sustainability KPIs, compliance, and ESG returns among others.

Meeting type

Working Group sessions are meant for interested participants from across the NeuGroup network and approved non-NeuGroup members. They are ad hoc cohorts that NeuGroup organizes when a critical “hot topic” has captured a wide range of members’ attention. Working Groups can meet just once, a handful of times, or become ongoing venues to discuss these cross-peer group issues. Recent examples include LIBOR transition, ESG, D&I, Treasury Management Systems, and others. These groups often include both subject matter experts, as well as members just wishing to learn, with the possibility of splitting the groups for more detailed discussions.

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