(March 27, 2012) Top management from public pension funds, endowments, foundations, investment banks, family offices, and other institutional investors came to San Diego March 25-27 for the Information Management Network (IMN) 2012 Spring Investment Series. The event’s 300+ attendees were exposed to insights on evolving trends in asset allocation, manager selection, and governance.
Malk Partners (MP) was represented at this event by Andrew Malk and Zach Goldman, who both presented on the growing importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management to investment returns and volatility. They presented why ESG and sustainability are being leveraged as tools to manage risk and enhance returns.
Andrew Malk spoke at the event’s Alternative Investments Summit, which focused on asset classes outside traditional fixed incomes and equities. His comments focused on how ESG management is a new tool for private equity managers, that goes into the growing toolbox of active methods used to create value in their portfolio companies.
Zach Goldman spoke at the sister summit focused on Foundations & Endowments on a panel entitled ‘Impact Investing for Foundations & Endowments: Essential or Optional?” His comments centered on evolving trends in environmental management amongst institutional investors and private equity general partners.
“We enjoyed the opportunity to share what we’ve been seeing through our client work and research on these issues,” noted Goldman. “It was also interesting to share viewpoints with fund managers at the event. The need for an enhanced focus on triple bottom line issues seems clear to most of the attendees and we are excited to play an active role in advancing these issues.”