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ESG in Equipment Finance – Today and in the Future

Date: Aug 01, 2021 @ 12:00 AM
Filed Under: Industry Trends

Valerie Gerard, Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Alta Group discusses the importance of engaging in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and how the equipment finance industry is applying these non-financial factors as part of their process to identify risks and growth opportunities. Gerard begins by explaining the differences between ESG and Sustainability and goes further to explain why equipment finance companies should incorporate ESG into their underwriting strategy, the impact of ESG on various industries, how the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (ELFA) is building awareness of ESG in the equipment finance industry and why ESG bonds and securitizations will be important sources of capital for equipment finance companies of all sizes.

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Valerie L. Gerard
Co-Chief Executive Officer | The Alta Group
  • Expert in business strategy, capital markets / funding, corporate reputation and valuation, investor relations and rating agency relations
  • Served as Chief Financial Officer for SmartMoney and chief investor relations officer for many S&P 500 and FTSE 100 firms
  • Trustee of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation Board with memberships on the Foundation Research Committee, the Industry Future Council and Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Equipment Leasing and Finance
  • Member of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association’s Women’s Leadership Council and former chair of the ELFA’s Investor Relations Advisory Task Force and member of AFSA Financial Relations Committee
  • Recognized by The Monitor as one of the top 50 Women in Leasing
  • Previously headed up the finance and leasing company ratings group for Fitch
  • 25 years of experience in financial services as well as media and telecommunications
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