Equita and Altis Università Cattolica in partnership to study Sustainability in SMEs
Equita – the leading Italian independent investment bank and reference partner for Italian companies and institutional investors – and ALTIS, Graduate School Business and Society of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – established in 2005 to promote a responsible managerial culture through research, education and advisory – joined forces to start a partnership to conduct research into corporate sustainability.
As part of the partnership, Equita and ALTIS Università Cattolica will research and identify relevant ESG factors for Italian SMEs. The results of the analysis will help to define the recommended ESG practices for SMEs and support investors to better evaluate these companies from an ESG perspective. The results of the research will be presented to the public in the coming months. The initiative, which will combine the experience of Equita’s Research Team on mid-small caps, which has been recognized by leading domestic and international institutional investors as one of the best research teams in Italy, and the deep academic background of ALTIS Università Cattolica on sustainability and corporate social responsibility topics, will focus on the analysis of a panel of small and mid-sized companies to elaborate a set of meaningful ESG metrics.
In addition to the research, the partnership also foresees other initiatives including active contribution of Equita in the Master in Finance: Instruments, Markets and Sustainability programme organized by ALTIS Università Cattolica: Equita will support the students with in-class testimonies and on-site visits to Equita’s offices, encouraging and fostering financial knowledge and competences with a specific focus on ethics and sustainable finance. Equita will also grant scholarships to students.
Andrea Vismara, Chief Executive Officer of Equita, commented: “Today the words “sustainable business” are synonymous with low risk, long-term investment and higher attractiveness to younger generations. By sharing our knowledge on sustainability and our deep understanding of Italian small and mid-caps with ALTIS Università Cattolica, we will be able to identify which ESG factors are really meaningful for an investor that is looking for a good opportunity among small and mid-sized corporates”. Vismara also added: “The partnership with ALTIS Università Cattolica, in line with the successful initiatives we have with Bocconi University and Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, is aimed at encouraging education and supporting the academic development of students”.
“Since its foundation, Altis has been dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable finance, anticipating the huge interest developed in recent years by large European investors, especially for ESG factors.” – said Vito Moramarco, Director of ALTIS Università Cattolica – “Today the time has come to promote the concept of sustainability among SMEs – which represent the real entrepreneurial system of Italy – and not just only among large corporates. The partnership with Equita is a significant step up to further develop our mission which is carried on throughout academic programs, scientific research and consultancy services”.
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