Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:45am to 1:00pm
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B-500 Bell Hall, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge

Aggregate Confusion: The Divergence of Corporate Sustainability Ratings

Florian Berg, MIT, will give a talk as part of the Business & Government Seminar Series hosted by M-RCBG.

Environmental, social, and governance rating providers inform a wide range of decisions in business and finance. Eighty percent of CEOs look to sustainability ratings for guidance and benchmarking. An estimated USD 30 trillion of assets are invested relying in some way on ESG ratings. However, ratings from different providers disagree dramatically, which, among other things, frustrates the ambition of companies to improve their ESG performance because they receive mixed signals from rating agencies about which actions are expected and will be valued by the market. The seminar will discuss these and other implications of divergent sustainability ratings.

Florian Berg is currently a researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on the divergence of sustainability ratings and its implications for sustainable investing. He received his PhD in economics from Paris-Dauphine University.  During his PhD, he held a visiting research position at ETH Zurich. Florian worked as a quantitative researcher at Amundi Asset Management and as a quantitative strategist/ trader at Alphadyne Asset Management.

This seminar is part of M-RCBG's weekly Business & Government Seminar Series. Lunch will be served.

Contact Name: 

Victoria Groves Cardillo

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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