ESG Origination: Why Asset Owners Demand ESG
With the demand from shareholders, pension fund contributors and taxpayers becoming ever more ESG conscious, understand exactly what Asset Owners are looking for when requiring an ESG led portfolio:
Magnus Billing CEO Alecta
Simon Pilcher CEO USS Investment Management Limited
Niklas Ekvall CEO Fjarde AP-Fonden
The Paris Agreement & Mobilising Public Finance
The need for public bodies to add to climate financing is needed now more than ever. With $100bn a year as the primary goal to hit the Paris Agreement targets, it’s essential we utilise all avenues to make sure this is a reality.
Industry Leaders Mobilising Private Finance
As the mobilisation of private finance is one of the key drivers at COP26 and beyond, learn here how C-Suite leaders from some of the major asset managers are looking to mobilise their organisations.
Valérie Baudson CEO Amundi
Dr. Guido Fürer Group CIO, Member of the Group Executive Committee Swiss Re
European Taxonomy Regulation: Defining Sustainability
As the EU taxonomy defines sustainability and the ability to meet the European Green Deal by 2030, it’s essential that it covers all parts of ESG to provide a holistic definition of sustainability.
Harmonising Frameworks: From Apples & Oranges, to Apples & Apples
Private bodies have created frameworks with varying rates of adoption. However, the questions remains around whether too many framework choices reduces the ability to effectively compare investments. Therefore, is harmonisation and universality needed to remove comparison risk, and allow easier and more accurate investment analysis?
Margaret Franklin President and CEO CFA Institute
Central Banking: Climate Risks, Financial Stability and Monetary Policy
With climate risk becoming ever more present in the financial system, stability concerns are guaranteed to be asked. Central banks must now understand those risks, to accurately assess the impact of potential shocks to the system.
The Future of SFDR: Advancement into Level 2
SFDR level 1 has helped seen a dramatic increase in product segmentation, yet discrepancies in categorisation remain. What can we expect from the introduction for SFDR Level 2?
Innovation or Exit: Engagement vs Divestment
There are major ESG concerns around simple divestment, especially when considering essentials like cement or steel. How can shareholders engage with these companies to improve their ESG ratings, or is divestment sometimes a necessary tool to enact change?
Executive Remuneration – A Target’s based approach?
Shareholders are becoming more and more aware of the disparity in earning’s between executives and the average worker, and how much of their investment ends up in the hands of sometimes underperforming management. How can this be tracked better?
The Annual General Meeting: Accuracy and Voter Empowerment
With the introduction of a decarbonised future from the International Energy Agency, transparency as to what is required to meet ESG targets means shareholders can hold their board members, management and investments to account more than ever.
Crystal Clear: The Need for Data Clarity
As data is fundamental to ESG success, the importance of it’s clarity and accuracy cannot be overstated. However, with some data reporting 5x less emissions than actually occur, how can you ensure data quality to ensure accurate risk management?
Sovereign Risk: Assessing Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss through Country Data
With country data becoming increasingly focused on, how do investors use what is typically poor quality data to assess their climate risk?
Moderator: Fergus McCormick Director, Sovereign Research Emerging Markets Investors Alliance
Task Force for Nature Related Financial Disclosures
Nature-related risks are demanded to be accounted for by shareholders. As a more specific evolution of the TCFD, how does TCND provide a framework for that to happen?
Carbon Market and Impact on ESG initiatives
With dramatic and unpredictable swings in the price of carbon, investments can be over-exposed to climate risk and face negative impacts on returns. What should this price be, and how will it affect the value of carbon intensive investments moving forwards?
Net Zero – We know what it means, but how do we use it?
As the UN pushes for the race to net zero with a science-based targets model, with shareholders following closely behind, what knowledge do you need to understand exactly who is reaching net-zero, and what climate risk this exposes you to in the short and long term.
Is Brand, Budget and Track Record Critical?
Long established and trusted brands provide reassurance in the allocation decision process, but does this equate to real value? Newcomers can be innovators and propose credible, forward-thinking investment philosophy for those brave enough to consider:
The Value of Joining an Investor Alliance
Going beyond a public statement to join a specific alliance, coalition or initiative sounds like a positive step, yet, do all initiatives provide real enough guidance, learning, and value?
Dr Bronwyn King, AO, MBBS, FRANZCR Founder, Director and CEO Tobacco Free Portfolios
Denis Duverne Chairman of the Board AXA