Keeping Up with Rapidly Shifting ESG Topics

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

2:00 PM EDT | 11:00 AM PDT

60 minutes

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In today’s environment, headline ESG topics are rapidly shifting, and staying current with your clients’ interests is no simple task.

From climate change to worker safety to racial equity, 2020 has been a tumultuous year so far, with investor attention shifting from one ESG topic to the next.

In this webinar, Director of ESG Research Iyassu Essayas, Senior ESG Research Analyst Rachel Nishimoto and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Sinha will discuss how ESG topics have evolved this year, examining investor interest before, during, and after the pandemic and how advisors can better understand these important issues and ultimately align their clients’ values with appropriate portfolio decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how key ESG issues have shifted throughout 2020.
  • Enhance awareness of current ESG issues and how investors might address those issues.
  • Develop greater confidence in ESG topics in order to better address client concerns and help clients choose investments that reflect their values


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Iyassu Essayas
Director of ESG Research

Iyassu Essayas is the Director of ESG Research and chair of the firm’s proxy committee. He is responsible for oversight of the development and implementation of Parnassus’s responsible investment policy as well as the integration of environmental, social, and governance research into the firm's investment process. Mr. Essayas is a member of the Board of Directors of The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF). He joined Parnassus Investments in 2010 after serving as a Parnassus research intern. Mr. Essayas received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of San Francisco.

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Rachel Nishimoto
Senior ESG Research Analyst

Rachel X. Nishimoto is a Senior Research Analyst. She joined Parnassus Investments in 2012 and was previously a Parnassus research intern. She specializes in integrating environmental, social and governance research into the firm's investment process. She received her bachelor's degree in economics with a minor in environmental studies from the University of California, Los Angeles where she was a member of the Responsible Investment Action Research Team and BGreen Consulting.

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Joe Sinha
Chief Marketing Officer

Joe Sinha is the Chief Marketing Officer with oversight for client service, business development and marketing. Prior to joining Parnassus Investments in 2015, Mr. Sinha served as Senior Vice President and held key leadership roles in sales, marketing strategy, product development and mergers/acquisitions at Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC. Prior to Wells Fargo, he held leadership roles in data management and product development at Morningstar, Inc. Mr. Sinha has over 20 years of experience in the mutual fund industry and holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 66 securities licenses. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master's of business administration from the University of Southern California.

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Dorothy Hinchcliff
Advisor Perspectives