How green is your investment?

23 Jun 2022
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How green is your investment?

23 Jun 2022
About the speaker
  • Amanda Young
    Amanda Young
    Chief Sustainability Officer at abrdn
    Amanda Young is the Chief Sustainability Officer having been appointed to the role in January 2022. Previously she was Global Head of Responsible Investment at abrdn, having been in responsible investment for over two decades. Her focus is on integrating ESG issues into the mainstream investment process and building Sustainable & Responsible Investment solutions for abrdn’s clients. Previously, Amanda held positions in responsible investment and economic research at Newton Investment Management, CCLA Investment Management and Rabobank International. Amanda graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc in Psychology and has completed the University of Edinburgh Business School’s Executive Women’s Leadership Programme. Amanda led a work stream for the UK Government’s Taskforce on social impact investment and is a board director for Social Investment Scotland’s SIS Ventures fund. She currently Chairs the FTSE Russell ESG Advisory Committee. She served on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) for six years. Amanda has appeared on the Financial News top 100 most influential women in European Finance in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Key takeaways

Every company has an impact. The key is to fully understand the degree of that impact.

There's a huge variation in the understanding of sustainability among investment companies and fund managers.

Social media has been transformative for the responsible investment industry as companies can't hide.