Karina Funk, Chair of Sustainable Investing at Brown Advisory and co-portfolio manager of the Large-Cap Sustainable Growth strategy, spoke as part of a global CIO Symposium, co-hosted by VS Partners and Financial Times/FTChinese.com. In this interview, moderated by Selena Li, China Editor of Ignites Asia, Karina shares her insights on public ESG investing. Karina discusses many of the positive steps she has witnessed in her career such as the now widely-held view that incorporating ESG research into your investment process does not compromise returns, but also posits on the challenges that still remain. Karina also shares some thoughts for ESG investors in Asia in particular, where challenges of robust disclosure and poor data availability remain high. In addition, they talk about impact and the debate over whether to engage or divest. Finally, Karina shares her thoughts on COP26 and her vision for a sustainable economy. MORE ON THIS TOPIC 2020 Impact Report: Large-Cap Sustainable Growth Strategy This report includes a review of our ESG research and integration approach, and in particular how we use the concept of Sustainable Business Advantage (SBA) to identify compelling long-term investments--and much more. Read more > Looking Back And Thinking Ahead: 10 Lessons Learned After 10 Years Of Managing Large-Cap Sustainable Growth Co-Portfolio Managers Karina Funk and David Powell share some of the key lessons that they have learned managing Large-Cap Sustainable Growth as the strategy reaches its ten-year anniversary.Read more > The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Brown Advisory. These views are not intended to be and should not be relied upon as investment advice and are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results. The information provided in this podcast is not intended to be and should not be considered a recommendation or suggestion to engage in or refrain from a particular course of action or to make or hold a particular investment or pursue a particular investment strategy, including whether or not to buy, sell, or hold any of the securities mentioned. It should not be assumed that investments in such securities have been or will be profitable. There is a risk that some or all of the capital invested in any such securities may be lost. This piece is intended solely for our clients and prospective clients, is for informational purposes only, and is not individually tailored for or directed to any particular client or prospective client. Any business or tax discussion contained in this communication is not intended as a thorough, in-depth analysis of specific issues. Brown Advisory does not render legal or tax advice. Prior to making an investment decision, a prospective investor should consult with its own legal, tax, accounting and other advisors to determine the potential benefits, burdens, and other consequences of such investment. All investments involve risk. The value of the investment and the income from it will vary. There is no guarantee that the initial investment will be returned. ESG considerations that are material will vary by investment style, sector/industry, market trends and client objectives. The strategy seeks to identify companies that it believes may have desirable ESG outcomes, but investors may differ in their views of what constitutes positive or negative ESG outcomes. As a result, the strategy may invest in companies that do not reflect the beliefs and values of any particular investor. The strategy may also invest in companies that would otherwise be screened out of other ESG oriented funds. Security selection will be impacted by the combined focus on ESG assessments and forecasts of return and risk. The strategy intends to invest in companies with measurable ESG outcomes, as determined by Brown Advisory, and seeks to screen out particular companies and industries. Brown Advisory relies on third parties to provide data and screening tools. There is no assurance that this information will be accurate or complete or that it will properly exclude all applicable securities. Investments selected using these tools may perform differently than as forecasted due to the factors incorporated into the screening process, changes from historical trends, and issues in the construction and implementation of the screens (including, but not limited to, software issues and other technological issues). There is no guarantee that Brown Advisory’s use of these tools will result in effective investment decisions.