The Origins of ESG

The Origins of ESG

Johannes Lenhard

ESG & VC Specialist

Within the venture capital and startup financing space, there is a lack of clarity around ESG and how it is implemented firm-wide. Johannes explores some of the issues that are triggered by misleading reports compiled by different ESG rating and scoring agencies and how these challenges can be overcome.

Within the venture capital and startup financing space, there is a lack of clarity around ESG and how it is implemented firm-wide. Johannes explores some of the issues that are triggered by misleading reports compiled by different ESG rating and scoring agencies and how these challenges can be overcome.

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The Origins of ESG

15 mins 7 secs

Overview

This video attempts to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the meaning of ESG and provides some context around where ESG emerged from. Johannes will begin with the early 2000s, when measurements in investment decisions started. The meaning of sustainability is also explored, with a focus on what this means to long-lasting businesses. Venture capital and ESG are intricately connected, as venture capital funds the world’s startups. This video analyses how VC funds can embrace ESG and what that means for restructuring their operations and internal practices.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand the historical context around ESG

  • Learn about issues that can arise from reporting surrounding ESG

  • Learn how ESG reporting issues can be overcome

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Johannes Lenhard

Johannes Lenhard

Johannes teaches and researches homelessness and the social science of venture capital at the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change at the University of Cambridge. Johannes is also a co-founder of the not-for-profit VentureESG, a global community of almost 300 VC funds and asset owners committed to advancing ESG practises in VC.

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