ESG, investment and the SME [Cambridge Network webinar]

ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) has become an increasingly important focus for investors who want to drive a smarter future. This session with Foresight Group, IQ Capital and Cambridge GaN Devices will discuss ESG, its impact from an investment and investee angle, and what SMEs can do to comply.

Dates Thursday, September 16, 2021 - Download as vCalendar
Event Times: 11:00 to 12:00
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** Unfortunately we have had to postpone this event - we hope to reschedule - please get in touch if this is a session you'd like to attend **

ESG covers a huge raft of measures by which an SME can not only improve their business but also make them more attractive to investors. It can provide an indication of quality, how employees are treated, ethical trading, diversity and many other things.

The incorporation of ESG factors and how businesses become more sustainable is becoming more interesting to investors who want to invest responsibly, and to employees who want to be employed responsibly. But how can an SMEs satisfy ESG demands without de-railing the business? What demands might an investor make?

This session, hosted by Cambridge Network, will provide an overview and discussion:

  • What is ESG and how important is it? An overview from the responsible investment angle - Charles O'Riordan, Foresight Group

  • What could SMEs and technology companies be doing about ESG, and how can actions be measured? Could ESG be an opportunity as well as a challenge? - Jo Slota-Newson, IQ Capital

  • How has an SME found the ESG process? How did they select their particular goals and what are the resources and cultural changes needed to deliver the goals? - Giorgia Longobardi, Cambridge GaN Devices


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