A curated selection of videoclips that the SinCo staff recommend you flick through to add to your broad understanding of the contrasts, contradictions and characters in sustainable investment and ESG themes in investment practice. 

NOTE: posting of videoclips does not constitute endorsement by SinCo of any views expressed in videoclips. SinCo does not hold copyright to these and uses them in the public domain. 


Presenting his big idea, "Investing As if The Future Matters" by Graham Sinclair, TEDxTableMountain,October 2013.

CNBC interview 24 July 2013 with @Bronwyn_Nielsen and @Warren_Dick on @CNBCAfrica for @Investment_360 following successful @MNCapital Africa Investment Funds and Asset Management Forum at Johannesburg Securities Exchange 23-24 July #Africa #AIFAM2013.

CalPERS Workshop 2013

Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager, facilitates the Sustainable Investment Research Initiative (SIRI): Review of Evidence workshop. SIRI is intended to support the Board's development of investment beliefs, drive innovative thought leadership, form an understanding of sustainability factors and the impact they may have on companies, markets and investments intermediaries. 

Harvard Business School panel on Socially Responsible Investment, April 2013 

Insights on long term investors vs professional money management.

On-air CNBC interview 

Interview of Graham Sinclair by CNBC Africa live from JSE, 20 November 2012
Published on Dec 14, 2012 by Graham Sinclair

The “Navigating Muddy Waters” report series represents a collaboration of work between WWF, Trucost, Carbon Tracker and SinCo that looks at the issues of carbon and water risks to investors as well as sustainable investment opportunities. Climate change and water scarcity are two of the main drivers that governments, civil society and business need to seriously address.  As a significant provider of financial capital, institutional investors play an important role in our ability to shape this transformation.  On the other hand, these same investors face material financial risks if this transformation does not take place. The aim of the reports is to provide empirical research to investors in and regulators of the securities markets that can guide policy and investment strategies to support the transition to a resource efficient, low-carbon, resilient and equitable global economy.
Published on Jan 8, 2013 by Graham Sinclair
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Research Seminar
'Wednesday 25 July 2012

What is the State of Sustainable Investment in Africa?
with Graham Sinclair

This presentation will analyze the current state of sustainable institutional investment in Africa in 2012, and point to pressing research questions faced by practitioners. It will also describe a collaborative research project being conducted by to map the marketplace in 2012.
Published on Apr 2, 2012 by CalPERSNetwork
Anne Simpson, CalPERS Senior Portfolio Manager and Director for Corporate Governance, explains how CalPERS is working to improve the performance of companies by encouraging greater attention to environmental, social and governance factors in their management decisions.

On August 15, 2011, CalPERS Investment Committee held a workshop to examine how best to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the pension fund's investment process in order to enhance risk management. Environmental, social and governance issues -- known as ESG -- can affect the financial performance and long-term value of companies and investments. For the past year, the CalPERS Investment Office has been developing a comprehensive plan to implement ESG into investment decision-making across all asset classes. During the workshop, CalPERS Investment Office gained Board input on priorities and the development of an ESG integration plan.
Curtis Ravenel, Global Head, Sustainability Initiatives Bloomberg LP, discusses the accelerating importance of sustainability issues to Bloomberg's core business: providing data, news and analytics to the world's decision-makers in a variety of industries. His experience with SRI since 2006 -- which has included an aggressive indicates that Mr. Ravenel 's previous roles at Bloomberg include that of Financial Controller for Asia, managing combined annual revenues exceeding $1 billion USD.

Roger Urwin is global head of Towers Watson and offers asset allocation advice to pension funds and global investors. He believes that the ultimate aim of sustainability must be to allow investors to do a better long-term investment job. Sustainability should be mainstream, but for most investors it is still way down the list of priorities. The question is whether to leave it there or to advance it to a special item. The time horizon is a major challenge: investors are more comfortable setting benchmarks at three or twelve months; sustainability has a much longer horizon. A strategy must be developed that "simultaneously is fit for today's time and fit for purpose to adapt to a transforming economy."
People in finance often think of financial products like stocks and bonds as being entirely unique, different from products like roses, watches, and cars. This is just ridiculous", according to Finance Professor Meir Statman of Santa Clara University in this video interview. "People buy financial products for the same reasons they buy consumer products: because they benefit from it on a utilitarian, expressive, or emotional level. For people who are socially responsible, for example, having tobacco stocks in their portfolio is like for an orthodox jew to eat pork, it just doesn't work. Marketing and finance are inextricably connected. To really understand investor behavior, people in finance should acknowledge this". This video interview with Statman was recorded at Tilburg University in March 2010, and is based on Statman's book 'What investors really want'.
There is no conflict between responsible investment and fiduciary duty: Rob Lake, Director of Strategic Development for the United Nations-backed organization Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has years of experience in socially responsible investing. His SRI experience in Europe and the UK has given him unique insights to share in the US -- a market in which, he says, there is still 'a certain amount of uncertainty and skepticism' about SRI, as well as misunderstanding about the relationship between fiduciary duty and responsible investing. Courtesy of FS Insight and Holland Financial Centre.
Wharton Finance Professor Alex Edmans on "Socially Responsible Investing: Doing Well by Doing Good." For photos from Wharton BizTalks 2012, see:
Claudia Kruse, Head of Corporate Governance at APG, finds a sustainable investment approach attractive because it helps optimize risk-adjusted returns, demonstrates social responsibility and contributes to the integrity of financial markets. She believes such an approach leads to better informed and better investment decisions which serve her clients, because "in the end, of course we are here to provide pension for our beneficiaries." - On 12/11/09, Marlboro College Graduate School hosted a symposium on Socially Responsible Investing. The event was co-produced by the Marlboro MBA in Managing for Sustainability and Sea Change Media. The moderator was Anders Ferguson of VERIS Wealth Partners, and the panelists were Peter Kinder, Senior Strategic Advisor for RiskMetrics Group and founding president of KLD Research and Analytics; Cary Krosinsky of Trucost; Terry Mollner of Stakeholders Capital and the Trusteeship Institute; and KC Burton of Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
This edition of IBLF's Expert Insight video series features a compelling dialogue with Barend van Bergen, Head of KPMG's Global Centre of Excellence for Climate Change and Sustainability. The financial crisis, and megatrends such as population growth and energy scarcity will transform the way business is done, explains Barend. Ten years ago, CSR was a side issue - and today it's clearly on the corporate agenda.

Barend asserts that we'll see more activity from emerging markets, increased regulation, and the involvement of the financial sector. He also discusses the criteria for professionals looking to build a career in CSR, climate change and sustainability.

Check out IBLF's new blog on sustainability, CSR and the role of business in the same:
Sustainable Investing and Global Climate Change
Our country and planet stand at a crossroads. How do we strengthen our global economy while addressing climate change? The Socially Responsible Investing world is rapidly transforming into a Sustainable Investing industry at the heart of the emerging green economy movement. World leaders will soon meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to finalize an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions, continue addressing climate change, and begin a massive transformation towards a sustainable and equitable future. How can we work together to create a sustainable and equitable recovery?
- Michael Lent, Chief Investment Officer of Veris Wealth Partner, Sustainable Investing
Financial Consulting & Planning Firm.
- Cary Krosinsky, Vice President of Trucost, Environmental Investment Research Firm,
and Author of "Sustainable Investing: the Art of Long-Term Performance" (2008).
- Jerome Tagger, Chief Operating Officer of United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing (UNPRI), Global Investor Network.
This event is from The New School's Net Impact Chapter.
For more information about Net Impact, visit
Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall. 11/09/2009 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Published on Apr 5, 2012 by CalvinCollege
Have you ever skimmed through a list of companies your investment money is supporting, and wished you hadn't? But what other options are there? Calvin College business professor Leonard Van Drunen, who has worked in investment banking in New York, Tokyo, and London, tells host Karen Saupe how to explore more "socially responsible" options without having to quit your day job to figure it all out.
Uploaded by SeattlePacific on Oct 13, 2010
Information about socially responsible investing options for SPU employees
On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 7pm, the Babylon Green Party featured Pisces Cafe co-owner and former stockbroker Jeffrey Arthur speaking about Ethical and Socially Responsible Investing. The location for the Babylon Green Party Gathering is at Pisces Cafe.

Arthur was employed in the financial field for a number of years, including a stint as a stockbroker. He survived the Asian Contagion, the Tech Bubble, Y2K crises, Derivatives, Elections, Irrational Exuberance, Venture Capitalists, NASDAQ 5000, Dow 10,000 (3 times,) Do-Not-Call Lists, wars-squirmishes-police actions (global, professional, and personal.) His moral outrage at the hilarious absurdity of the broken financial markets is not out of place at the Pisces Cafe in Babylon Village which he co-owns with Justine Poldino. Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is an investment strategy which combines the intentions to maximize both the common good and financial return. SRI is also referred to as triple bottom line investing, ethical investing, sustainable investing, or green investing. SRI now encompasses an estimated 10% of all U.S. investment — about $2.3 trillion out of $24 trillion in the U.S. investment marketplace. Socially responsible investors include individuals, corporations, universities, hospitals, foundations, insurance companies, public and private pension funds, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions.

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Videographer: Ian Wilder
Director: Kimberly Wilder

 Interview for Cape Town Launch Roadshow 2010 

CNBC Africa Power Lunch interview following Launch Roadshow Johannesburg, June 2010  


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