Annual Conference Interview Recorded 11 May 2020
The Enhanced Importance of Investing with Impact
In this interview with the head of sustainable investing at Putnam Investments, Katherine Collins, CFA, discusses approaches to impact investing, ESG investing as a core business issue, ESG analysis, how to view companies in the current environment, and why impact investing may matter now more than ever.
About the Speaker(s)
Katherine Collins, CFA, is head of sustainable investing and portfolio manager for sustainable investing equity strategies at Putnam Investments. She is responsible for leading Putnam’s investment research on environmental, social, and governance issues and serves as portfolio manager for public equity assets through the Putnam Sustainable Leaders and Putnam Sustainable Future strategies. Ms. Collins is the author of The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry. Previously, she founded and led Honeybee Capital, an independent investment research firm focused on sustainable investment themes. Earlier in her career, Ms. Collins served as head of equity research, portfolio manager, and equity research analyst at Fidelity Investments. She also served as philanthropic program officer at the Fidelity Foundations. Ms. Collins serves on Harvard Divinity School’s Dean’s Council and on numerous boards, including those of Last Mile Health, the Santa Fe Institute, and Omega Institute. She earned a BA from Wellesley College and a master of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School.