Everything you need to know about ESG in under five minutes

06 Feb 2023
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Everything you need to know about ESG in under five minutes

06 Feb 2023
About the speaker
  • Cara Williams
    Cara Williams
    Global ESG Strategy Lead, Wealth Management and Multinational Client Lead for Wealth at Mercer
    Cara Williams, Senior Partner, is ESG Strategy Leader for Mercer. Located in London, Cara leads the program of work to articulate and amplify Mercer’s ESG value proposition and positioning, embed sustainability in the journey to a bright future, and drive highly-practical, relevant and value-added outcomes both internally and externally. Cara oversees the Mercer’s Private Wealth businesses in Canada and India, and also works with Mercer’s multinational clients to deliver the best of Mercer’s broad Wealth solutions to assure positive financial outcomes for organizations and their employees. Cara presents regularly on global ESG, sustainability, diversity and investment trends. With over 25 years of experience in the investment industry, Cara began at Mercer’s investment consulting business as Global COO in April 2005. Cara began her career in finance as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in New York. Prior to working in the investment industry, she was responsible for budgets and logistics for US Army and NATO MWR deployments. Cara is an active mentor for external programs and internal colleagues supporting and promoting women and people of color in their careers. She is member of the Board of Directors of The German School of London. Cara graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a BA, and from The University of Hartford with an MBA in Finance.

Key takeaways

ESG is an acronym for Environmental, Social and Governance.

ESG helps companies to understand how far they are to achieving sustainability goals.

Companies can use ESG reports to attract and engage potential investors.

The lack of agreed standards in ESG is still the most challenging issue.