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Vanguard's ESG ETFs: Helping Clients Make an Impact

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The year 2020 has made us more aware of the impact our choices have on others and the world at large, and has helped drive a new wave of investors in ESG as an investment category. Environmental, social, and governance—or ESG—refers to socially responsible factors that investors use to evaluate investments based on the issues that matter most to them. Investors tend to initially apply ESG screening to their equity allocation. But ESG applies to fixed income as much as equity. Experts at Vanguard will share how Vanguard thinks it can help advisers plan for a total ESG portfolio. Join Vanguard’s investment strategist Doug Grim, and head of ETF product management Rich Powers as they dive into the world of ESG investing and introduce Vanguard’s newest ESG product, Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF, to the lineup. 

  • Define ESG investing
  • Outline the four-step process for prudent ESG decision-making and screening process for ESG funds
  • Explain ESG’s role in clients’ portfolios and how to guide investors who are considering ESG funds
  • Illustrate the ESG fund approach, and how clients can examine and compare different ESG funds, including Vanguard’s ESG product lineup

Richard Powers

Fund and ETF Product Management Category Head Planning and Development, Vanguard

Richard F. Powers is the head of ETF Product Management at Vanguard. His team is responsible for meeting with clients and prospects to discuss Vanguard’s ETF® lineup, conducting surveillance of competitor products, publishing on noteworthy developments in the ETF marketplace and Vanguard lineup, and enhancing Vanguard’s ETF lineup via changes to existing products or launching new products. He joined the firm in 1999, and before his current role, Powers was a senior member of the oversight and manager search team, which is responsible for identifying sub-advisory partners for Vanguard’s active fund lineup and monitoring the firm, people, process, portfolio, and performance of all existing Vanguard funds on behalf of Vanguard’s Global Investment Committee and board of directors.

Douglas Grim, CFA

Senior Investment Strategist Investment Management Group, Vanguard

Doug Grim, CFA, is a senior investment strategist in Vanguard nvestment Strategy Group, where he leads the team that conducts research and provides thought leadership on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in investing and factor-based portfolio construction. Previously, Grim was a senior investment consultant in Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services®. In that position, he provided asset allocation and portfolio construction recommendations, investment policy consulting, and capital markets research to institutional clients. He also served as team leader responsible for assisting other consultants with all asset allocation and asset/liability modeling studies conducted for clients. Grim is a member of the Advisory Board of The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing. He earned a B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is a CFA® charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.



Vanguard's ESG ETFs: Helping Clients Make an Impact
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