The financial challenges & gains of ESG efforts

13 Apr 2022
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The financial challenges & gains of ESG efforts

13 Apr 2022
About the speaker
  • Katherine Wilson
    Katherine Wilson
    Venture Capitalist at Illuminate
    Katherine joined Illuminate in 2018 in London and has been driving the team’s theses on WealthTech, Sustainable Finance, Climate & ESG. Originally from Australia, Katherine began her career on Citigroup’s equity trading floor before gaining experience at a start-up B2B fintech company where she worked with prospects to find product fit, made their first commercial sales and owned early product designs. She holds a dual Bachelor of Laws & Commerce (Hons) from the University of Queensland and was recognised on the 100 Women in Finance Fintech initiative as well as being featured on Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist for the past three years.

Key takeaways

The lack of existing solutions to quantify and define ESG means an opportunity for companies to be part of creating the standards.

As impact goals start to become priced, investor pressure for clearer reporting will force more formalised KPIs.

Transparency is key to securing investment decisions.

Once raw quantitative data is reliable, investors will be responsible for investing in companies that make the most sustainable impact.