ESG Pragmatists vs Sustainability Idealists: What’s The Problem?

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ESG Pragmatists vs Sustainability Idealists: What’s The Problem?



We’re joined by Evan Greenfield of S&P Global and Orlan Boston of EY, to discuss the relationship between risk-focused ESG metrics and the broader aims of sustainability practitioners. Are these approaches complementary or fundamentally at odds with each other? Will they converge in the period ahead, and if so, what language will they use to describe their aims?

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David Metcalfe


David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.