Eisner Amper: The “Social” Component of ESG Investing

Eisner Amper, April 18, 2022, The “Social” Component of ESG Investing

In this episode of Engaging Alternatives Spotlight, Elana Margulies-Snyderman, Senior Manager, Publications, EisnerAmper, speaks with Eleni D. Janis, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Equivico, a New York City-based woman-owned impact investment management firm launched with support from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) that focuses on the “S” or “Social” component of ESG investing, exclusively on economic inclusion and high-volume responsible lending to small businesses including but not limited to women, people of color, veteran-owned businesses and those in low income areas. She shares her views on the importance of focusing on the social component of ESG investing, including the greatest opportunities and challenges in the space, her experience being a woman in investment management, what the firm is doing to champion DEI and more.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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