ESG Webinar Series 2022: Gold – adding ESG to defensive and strategic characteristics

About this Webinar

Since late 2015, the gold spot price has been on an upward trend, rewarding investors who understand the role of gold as a long-term strategic asset in portfolios. Now, as we see increasing uncertainty around global economies and volatility in 2022, more investors are seeking shelter and whilst gold is the natural go-to for investors, how do they view the precious metal through an ESG lens?

Join us for an illuminating discussion on how gold is moving the needle in commodities ESG, from responsible mining to climate change research to sustaining socio-economic development, and what investors and their advisors need to know when it comes to building exposure to gold, either within or outside of ESG portfolios.

About the speakers

Wayne Gordon
Commodity, Rates, and FX Analyst, UBS Global Wealth Management Chief Investment Office

Wayne is responsible for CIO’s strategy and investment recommendations on commodities, specializing in agriculture and precious metal markets. He is also responsible for the CIO view on Australian and New Zealand market analysis. Wayne is a key speaker in the communicating the UBS house view across industry conferences and media.

Previously, Wayne has worked as a portfolio strategist at Merricks Capital in Australia, co-managing a proprietary long-short agricultural commodities fund. Prior to that, he was the head of agricultural markets research at UBS Investment Bank, based in New York. His focus was on proprietary trading, index products and corporate risk management strategies. Wayne has also held positions at Rabobank International as a senior commercial analyst focused on global agricultural business, corporate banking, and foreign exchange markets. Wayne started his career at the Australian Federal Treasury, reaching senior economist level. He specialized in macroeconomic forecasting, minerals and energy sector analysis.

Wayne was raised on a family farming property in South Australia and remains involved in his family’s more-than-a-century-old agricultural businesses. His experience encompasses agricultural science and business management.

Hannah Brandstaetter
ESG Programme Director, World Gold Council

Hannah is the ESG Programme Director at the World Gold Council overseeing key initiatives including responsible sourcing and gold’s role within society.

Working closely with World Gold Council’s 32 member companies, she develops thought leadership focused on the gold mining industry’s socioeconomic contributions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and host nations across the globe. She is also involved in supporting the Council’s workstreams around gold and climate change impacts.

Prior to joining the World Gold Council, Hannah held positions of ascending responsibility in agencies covering global strategic communications, crisis management and financial PR for the oil and gas, mining, industrials and petrochemicals industries.

Audrey Raj
Senior Consultant – South Asia Editor, Asian Private Banker

Audrey Raj is the South Asia editor of Asian Private Banker, driving our coverage of private wealth management in the region as well as spearheading our new ESG 2.0 initiative.

She was previously Asia editor overseeing Citywire’s private banking and asset management editorial coverage across the region. Audrey has about 15 years of reporting experience in Singapore and Australia, covering finance, business and commodities. She graduated with a journalism master’s degree from the University of Queensland.


About World Gold Council

We’re the global experts on gold.

Leveraging our broad knowledge and experience, we work to improve understanding of the gold market and underscore gold’s value to individuals, investors, and the world at large.

Collaboration is the cornerstone of our approach. We’re an association whose members are the world’s most forward-thinking gold mining companies. Combining the insights of our members and other industry partners, we seek to unlock gold’s evolving role as a catalyst for advancements that meet societal needs.

We develop standards, expand access to gold, and tackle barriers to adoption to stimulate demand and support a vibrant and sustainable future for the gold market. From our offices in Beijing, London, Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, and Singapore, we deliver positive impact worldwide.

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