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UNF hosts environmental, social & governance factors workshop for business executives

The University of North Florida Coggin College of Business Executive Programs is hosting a workshop on understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, in downtown Jacksonville. The workshop is designed for business executives, managers reporting data to a board of directors, and small business owners positioning themselves to be acquired by a public corporation where robust ESG processes and reporting are likely to be in place.

The CFA Institute found 73% of its members “take ESG issues into account in their investment analysis and decisions, with governance being the most common.” Good governance is about implementing, reporting on, and improving the processes which deliver superior results and having the right people in place to achieve them.

The workshop will build on the history and rich literature in governance to help executives understand the more complex and rapidly expanding ESG framework used to evaluate companies today. This involves attention and duties to the many stakeholders in a business including employees, customers, suppliers, and shareholders to provide a more holistic view of a company in the context of ESG.

Attendees will also learn about the extensive amounts of data that combine in various categories to become the three pillars of ESG scoring. These data are useful for many routine investment decisions, but investors are increasingly interested in firms aligned with their environmental or social interests. The workshop will also share some of the newer trends, financial products, and thematic investments specific to ESG.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Sean M. Davis, UNF finance professor and former fintech executive, who will bring the perspective of an academic with executive experience in both private and public companies.

Learn more via the ESG website