Fund Directions Features Investment Management Partner James Thomas in a Q&A on ESG Oversight for Fund Boards
In a Q&A published by Fund Directions on Oct. 18, investment management partner James Thomas discusses key issues fund boards should consider when approaching environmental, social and governance (ESG) oversight.
One of the most difficult challenges when approaching the oversight of ESG issues in the boardroom is managing the lack of uniformity in definitions, approaches, data and standards, Mr. Thomas highlights. But as fund directors begin to engage on ESG in the boardroom, the conversation is already starting to evolve beyond investment strategy dialogue, Mr. Thomas states. Mr. Thomas also provides insights on how different kinds of fund families are approaching ESG, how a fund board keep up with its investment adviser’s ESG philosophy, the questions the board should examine, and what boards should consider from a regulatory perspective.