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Grapevine
 
 
 
 
Grapevine | Change and reflection 
 
 

Greetings friends of the Institute. Many of us feel on the cusp of the “new normal” as we reach the middle of 2021. It’s an opportunity to look back on an extraordinary year, a time of great difficulty but also of great appetite for change and innovation.

Our 2020 annual Integrated report assesses the value we have created for multiple stakeholders, including our members. In it we review our research and its applications for asset owners and asset managers, describe how we create value, and provide metrics for our various activities - including your assessment of us. The report is brief, and we encourage you to read it. We very much welcome your feedback.  

Embracing change and reflection are key to what we do as an institute. In Q2 2021 our Adjusting focus event looked at how Covid-19 is changing the investment industry, through the lens of people and wellbeing, leadership and culture, and sustainable investing. Links to videos and articles from this event are featured below. We received excellent feedback from this event and so we hope you find this applicable to you and your organisation. Do look at our research and events agendas if you are curious about what we will be focusing on over the rest of this year.

 
 
Events
 
 
Adjusting focus| How Covid-19 is changing the investment industry  
 
Industry-leading experts from AllianceBernstein, Fidelity International and HESTA joined us to explore how Covid-19 is impacting investment organisations and their employees.
 
 
 
Research
 
 
 

Podcast | Duty of Ownership  

 
In the first of a series of podcasts, Jess Gao speaks to Roger Urwin about some of the findings from the duty of ownership working group, specifically around fiduciary duty and sustainability. All the findings are written up in: With great power comes great responsibility.
 
 
With great power comes great responsibility  
 

Organisations can create easily-socialised sustainable investment policies and practices.

The Duty of Ownership working group paper covers principles around fiduciary duty, voting rights and low-carbon economy transition.

 
 
 
Investment insights
 
 
Biases: Covid-19 vaccines and investing in China
 
Prime time for investment superteams
 
Exploring big
ideas with
Marisa Hall
 
 
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About the Thinking Ahead Institute
The Thinking Ahead Institute was established in January 2015 and is a global not-for-profit investment research and innovation member group made up of engaged institutional asset owners and service providers committed to mobilising capital for a sustainable future. It has over 50 members around the world and is an outgrowth of the Thinking Ahead Group which was set up in 2002. Learn more at thinkingaheadinstitute.org.

About Willis Towers Watson
Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com.
 
 
 
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