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In this episode, Ryan Folscroft joins Kevin O’Connell to discuss how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are impacting the four quadrants of the asset and wealth management (AWM) industry, and how firms are finding operational and commercial value.
We discuss the following questions:
0:35 - What is ESG and how is it impacting the asset and wealth management industry?
3:05 - Are firms finding real operational and commercial value to ESG?
5:43 - What are three current hot topics in ESG and the asset and wealth management industry?
8:54 - How are companies addressing industry demands and how is PwC helping?
12:58 - Based on the current market demand, what is the future vision surrounding ESG?
15:03 - What is one key takeaway for our listeners?
Kevin O'Connell serves as PwC’s Trust and Transparency Solutions and ESG Solutions leader. A leading specialist in SOC 1, 2 and 3, and other third party assurance and internal controls reporting, he has over 25 years of experience providing services to our largest financial services clients designed to identify, assess, and manage complex risk and control issues across the enterprise – whether they are strategic, financial, systems, or operational in nature. As PwC's ESG Solutions leader, Kevin leads a team of professionals focused on helping organizations implement strategies to improve their ESG reporting and communicate progress to investors and other stakeholders.
Ryan Folscroft is a partner at PwC with over 20 years of experience and currently serves as the US ESG Leader for the Firm’s Asset & Wealth Management sector. His marketplace interactions with a cross section of clients on this topic include, among other items, focusing on ESG education, policy creation, risk assessments, operational and commercial impact of ESG to organizations, attestation reporting relating to ESG, insight on investor demands on the topic, and discussion surrounding the role of risk management in ESG. Ryan’s work focuses on the corporate responsibility level and also at the application of ESG to the fund level as well.