New York State Insurance Fund

ESG Investing's Impact on the Real Economy

Is the estimated $8.4 trillion of ESG investment assets – which the U.S. Sustainable Investing Foundation believes has risen significantly in the last decade – having a measurable impact on climate change and the overall economy? NYSIF recently hosted a discussion on this topic. Panelists included Jose Minaya, CEO of Nuveen; Roy Swan, Head of Mission Investing for Ford Foundation; Sarah Gelfand, Managing Director of BlueMark; and NYSIF Executive Director & CEO Gaurav Vasisht. The panel was moderated by NYSIF Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing Rajith Sebastian and introduced by Anika Becker, ESG and Sustainability Lead, NYSIF.

L-R: Gaurav Vasisht, Jose Minaya, Roy Swan, Sarah Gelfand, Rajith Sebastian

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MWBE Investment Symposium

NYSIF Hosts MWBE Investment Symposium

NYSIF recently hosted its 13th Annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Investment Symposium to improve and expand financial opportunities to MWBE investment firms. Speakers on this critical issue included several leaders at NYSIF, including Executive Director & CEO Gaurav Vasisht, Chairman Kenneth Theobalds (both pictured above), Chief Investment Officer Greg Francis, and Commissioner Alexis Thomas. Topics at the symposium included NYSIF’s Investment MWBE Program, new ESG market opportunities, better navigating the due diligence process, investing in Africa, and measuring DEI progress.


NYSIF Hosts Climate Action Panel

How can asset owners integrate climate action into their investment portfolios, guard against highly improbably “black swan” events and learn to recognize and mitigate obviously dangerous “gray rhino” risks? In January, a panel comprised of NYSIF Executive Director & CEO Gaurav Vasisht and leading, global investors Judith Rodin, President Emerita, Rockefeller Foundation & University of Pennsylvania; Andrew Parry, Head of Investments, J.O. Hambro Capital Management; and Jeffrey Bohn, Chief Strategy Officer, One Concern, shared insights into this burgeoning field during our recent discussion, “Climate Action: Integration into Investment Decisions.” The panel was moderated by Anika Becker, NYSIF ESG and Sustainability Lead and introduced by Rajith Sebastian, NYSIF Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing.

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NYSIF Report: Long Covid

NYSIF has released a report analyzing its Covid-19 workers' compensation claims to shine a light on Long Covid, a multifaceted syndrome causing new, returning, or ongoing symptoms in people after their initial infection.

"As a large insurer with a public purpose, NYSIF is uniquely positioned to leverage its data to inform the broader conversation on Long Covid," said NYSIF Executive Director and CEO Gaurav Vasisht.

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