Episode 15: The New Bottom Line – ESG Investing

Published on21 JUL 2015

21 JUL 2015 - Hugh Lawson, recently named global head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, explains why so many investors are seeking to align their values with the value of their portfolios.


This episode was recorded on July 14, 2015.

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