I offer investment / asset managers the opportunity to present to a senior asset allocator and receive tailored advice on approaching investors. This includes everything from an initial 'mock' investor meeting, to a full review of due diligence documentation. My aim is to anticipate the main investor concerns and provide advice on how to deal with these.
Investors and regulators increasingly require evidence of ethical decision making, and a proactive approach to ESG. What is less clear is what this looks like, making an appropriate approach to firm culture and ESG difficult to implement.
I focus on practical ethics and problems faced by finance professionals, encouraging participants to raise issues they face in their professional lives, and discussing real case studies based on regulatory investigations. I encourage clients to think about ethics as a process, rather than a goal - a way of thinking about issues, not a list of policies to adopt.
Topics addressed include: Designing and implementing an ESG strategy; The difference between legal and ethical; Strategies for making ethical decisions; Understanding when we’re less likely to behave ethically; Resolving conflicts; and ‘Hidden ethics’ (data selection, accounting and quantitative finance).
Clients leave the discussion feeling more confident in their ability to recognise when ethical issues arise, and how to deal with them. Employers can evidence specific ethics training undertaken by their employees.