ESG INVESTINGNovember 2, 2020
Part of the Nichibei Global Talks Video Series
Investors are increasingly paying attention to how companies are addressing Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors. On October 26, 2020, Prime Minister Suga announced Japan’s aim to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. “This is expected to greatly transform the Japanese economy,” said Mari Yoshitaka, Ph.D., of Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd., who joins Billy Nauman of Financial Times in this episode on ESG investing and the important role that U.S. and Japanese private companies and financial institutions can play to create a new, sustainable economic market. Though still in the early stages of development, ESG investing has become increasingly popular in the United States and Japan. The dialogue addresses ESG investment trends in the two markets, government policies affecting those trends, impact of COVID-19, examples of U.S. and Japanese companies ranking high in terms of ESG, shared challenges regarding ESG data disclosure and accuracy, and more.
(動画内のスライドの日本語版はこちらです）： Japanese language slides
Reporter, Financial Times
Billy Nauman is a reporter with the Financial Times and producer of Moral Money, the new digital platform and newsletter from the FT featuring news and analysis about the fast-expanding world of socially responsible business, sustainable finance, impact investing, environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends. Before joining Moral Money, Nauman worked in the FT’s Specialist division for nine years as a reporter and editor. Most recently, he was Managing Editor of FundFire, the FT’s daily publication covering the U.S. institutional investment industry.
Principal Sustainability Strategist, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Dept., Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. (MURC)
Mari Yoshitaka, Ph.D., is Principal Sustainability Strategist, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Dept., Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd. (MURC). In 2000, Yoshitaka joined Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities to start up the Clean Energy Finance Committee, and transferred to MURC in May 2020. Her area of expertise is climate change policy, especially climate finance and mitigation projects, in the fields of ESG investment and SDGs business. Yoshitaka is a member of the UN Women-We Empower Japan Advisory Group and the Global Environment Committee of Central Environment Council. .