One of the top-of-mind issues for plan investment committees is the selection of asset class to incorporate ESG factors. Most of the attention has been on public equities, but institutional investors are increasingly asking service providers about other asset classes. Recent survey results show greater interest in pursuing an ESG strategy via hedge funds. This, of course, begs the important question as to how a committee could assess and select a hedge fund manager that has the resources and experience to effect such a strategy. Consultants and others can help in manager selection. UN PRI also provides guidance on selecting ESG hedge funds.
George Michael Gerstein advises financial institutions on the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA. As co-chair of the fiduciary governance group, he assists clients with tracking, and understanding, the numerous fiduciary developments at the federal and state levels, including the rules and regulations of governmental plans. He also advises clients with respect to the fiduciary duty implications of ESG investing.