ROUNDTABLE NEWS - SER member Hollie Mason, a former FINRA attorney, moderated a panel on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) via Zoom on November 30, 2021. Panelists included Michael R. King, Ph.D., CFA and the Lansdowne Chair of Finance at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, and Michael A. Goldstein, Ph.D., who earned his doctorate at the Wharton School, and is currently a professor of finance at Babson College. Dr. King is a former investment banker who specializes in determining the impact of ESG related issues on companies across the globe and recently participated in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Summit held in Scotland. Dr. Goldstein, also a former investment banker, has been a visiting professorship fellow at the University of New South Wales (Australia) where he researched and taught climate and environmental issues.The webcast endeavored to answer questions concerning the SEC's seemingly accelerated focus on ESG issues and projected rulemaking “next steps” to include additional disclosure requirements. The knowledgeable panel did an excellent job of contextualizing the increased materiality of ESG risks and the significance of the disclosure of these risks to investors, as well as ways in which experts are currently valuing some of these risks. SER's webcasts are member-only events. You can find membership information and an application on our website.
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