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  • Blended finance and the SDGs
    Blended finance and the SDGs
    Responsible Investor Recorded: Apr 30 2019 64 mins
    Blended finance and the SDGs: examining how public and private capital can work together for positive societal and financial outcomes

    The OECD defines blended finance as “the strategic use of development finance for the mobilization of additional finance towards the SDGs in developing countries.”
    This RI webinar will drill down into key areas of the blended finance discussion.
    If achieving the SDGs requires a massive infrastructure build-out to provide clean water and sanitation (SDG6), affordable and clean energy (SDG7), and health centres and hospitals in urban and rural areas (SDG3), how can the blended finance of public and private money actually do this, and through what structures/terms?
    Expert speakers will present case studies on the integration of blended finance structures into existing investment strategies and explain how it can yield a positive return both for investors and communities.

    Speakers

    Sharon Spiegel, Chief, Policy Analysis & Development Branch, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

    Mafalda Duarte, Director, Climate Investment Funds

    Ladé Araba, Managing Director, Africa Region, Convergence

    Jennifer Pryce, President and CEO, Calvert Impact Capital

    Moderated by Vibeka Mair, Responsible Investor
  • Greening listed real estate - what you need to know
    Greening listed real estate - what you need to know
    Responsible Investor and FTSE Russell Recorded: Dec 12 2018 60 mins
    Join Responsible Investor and FTSE Russell for an interactive webinar on green real estate!

    Climate change poses clear and material risks to real estate assets with the potential to impact return profiles. Real estate investing has historically lacked the appropriate tools to allow investors to assess their exposure to climate risk and to integrate it effectively in their investment strategies.

    To help address this gap, FTSE Russell developed the FTSE EPRA Nareit Green Indexes to allow investors to identify real estate companies with strong sustainability performance. These indexes are a sustainability-focused extension to the FTSE EPRA Nareit Global Real Estate Index Series, a leading series of listed real estate benchmarks with approximately US$341billion of assets tracking this series.*

    * Data as of December 31, 2017 as reported on April 2, 2018 by eVestment for institutional assets, Morningstar for retail mutual funds, insurance products, and ETFs, and additional passive assets directly collected by FTSE Russell.

    · Listed Real Estate market trends in Developed markets, specifically Europe and North America
    · Facing the sustainable real estate challenge – what is important to know
    · The world’s largest asset class – addressing the investment data gaps
    · Real Estate Indexes have the ‘green’ light - case for integrating sustainability considerations in Real Estate benchmarks
    · Building for a green economy future – where to from here
    · Q&A from the audience

    Speakers include:
    Ali Zaidi, Director of Research & Indexes, European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA)
    Calvin Schnure, Senior Vice President, Research & Economic Analysis, National Association of REITs (Nareit)
    Jaakko Kooroshy, Head of Innovation and Standards, Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell

    Moderated by Tony Hay, Publisher, Responsible Investor
  • 3 Year Anniversary of the SDGs: How Investors Are Measuring Impact
    3 Year Anniversary of the SDGs: How Investors Are Measuring Impact
    Responsible Investor and ISS Recorded: Nov 29 2018 61 mins
    Three years ago, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global call to action for positive change. Ever since, the global investment community has become increasingly eager to achieve some kind of “SDG alignment”.

    Near the anniversary of the establishment of the SDGs, this RI/ISS-ESG webinar provides an overview of how impact investing connects to the SDGs, and how investors are measuring effectiveness.

    - What drives investors to choose the SDGs as a framework for investing and how are they approaching this?

    - What tools are available to identify and measure companies’ contributing to the SDGs? Should SDG investments be focusing on products & services or on companies’ operations?

    - What are the challenges to investing in the SDGs? Are the SDG even investable in mainstream investment, given the fact that many of the SDGs and targeting problems in emerging markets that are probably rather solved by modest projects rather than large listed corporates?

    - Is there a risk of SDG-washing and sticking SDG labels on existing mainstream investments? How can this be prevented?

    Speakers

    Ladislas Smia, Co-head of Responsible Investment Research, Mirova

    Piet Klop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM

    Jennifer Signori, Senior Vice President, ESG and Impact Investing, Neuberger Berman

    Julia Hakke, Head of Responsible Investment Sales, ISS ESG

    Moderater:
    Vibeka Mair, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor
  • Fixed Income Series | ESG in corporate bond investing: risk, impact & engagement
    Fixed Income Series | ESG in corporate bond investing: risk, impact & engagement
    Responsible Investor and Barclays Recorded: Nov 13 2018 61 mins
    How can investors think about sustainability in their wider corporate bond portfolios, and how are regulators and other public bodies beginning to address climate risk in bond markets?

    In this webinar, our experts discuss the current efforts being made to integrate ESG into the asset class and some of the lessons learnt so far.


    Speakers:

    Tomas Morsing, Head of Quant Strategies, Swedish pension fund AP2

    Carmen Nuzzo, Senior Consultant, ESG in Credit Ratings Initiative, PRI

    Lev Dynkin, MD, Head of the Quantitative Portfolio Strategy Group, Barclays Research

    Moderated by Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

    Further Readings:

    https://www.investmentbank.barclays.com/our-insights/ESG-investing-yields-positive-returns-in-select-bond-markets.html?icid=ESG2_RIwebinar
  • Fixed Income Series | ESG in loans: risk, impact & opportunity
    Fixed Income Series | ESG in loans: risk, impact & opportunity
    Responsible Investor Recorded: Nov 5 2018 58 mins
    Lending books are arguably where the rubber hits the road for originating sustainable projects, but how do banks and other lenders identify ESG risks in loan books, and stimulate opportunities to lend to sustainable projects?

    In this sessions, our experts will discuss a number of initiatives that have been started to address mortgage lending, price adjustments and assessing risk exposure.

    Speakers confirmed:

    Jakob Thomä, Director, 2° Investing Initiative

    Florence Palandri, Climate Finance Analyst, 2° Investing Initiative

    Roland Mees, Director of Sustainable Finance, ING Bank

    Luca Bertalot, Secretary General of European Mortgage Federation, European Covered Bond Council

    Moderated by Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor
  • Fixed Income Series | ESG in sovereign bond investing: risk, impact & engagement
    Fixed Income Series | ESG in sovereign bond investing: risk, impact & engagement
    Responsible Investor Recorded: Nov 1 2018 60 mins
    A growing number of investors are screening out companies from lending portfolios because of exposure to climate change and other sustainability risks, but sovereign portfolios are often not assessed in the same way. This webinar looks at why: how serious are the sovereign default risks arising from ESG, how can they be quantified, and do investors have a responsibility to engage with governments on policy through bond buying?

    Speakers confirmed:

    Gabriel Torres, Vice President & Senior Credit Officer for Sovereigns, Moody's

    Lupin Rahman, Head of Emerging Market Sovereign Credit, PIMCO

    Bob Buhr, Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College Business School

    Moderated by Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor
  • How will the EU’s sustainable finance 'taxonomy' really work?
    How will the EU’s sustainable finance 'taxonomy' really work?
    Responsible Investor and PRI Recorded: Oct 11 2018 75 mins
    One of the most significant recommendations being pursued in the EU’s Action Plan is ‘to introduce a common sustainable finance taxonomy to ensure market consistency and clarity’.

    - In what way would it work?

    - How can such a taxonomy be both flexible and have integrity for identifying activities, assets and revenue segments that deliver on key sustainability goals?

    - How could the EU and its Member States apply relevant rules, and who would regulate them?

    - What would that mean outside of the EU?

    This webinar will answer these issues and many more, and let you pose your own questions on the Taxonomy.

    Speakers:

    Martin Spolc, Head of Unit, Capital Markets Union, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union at the European Commission (EC),

    Nathan Fabian, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Rapporteur of the Taxonomy Group, PRI

    Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor
  • A Stocktake on Emerging ESG Stewardship Themes: Spotlight on Climate Change
    A Stocktake on Emerging ESG Stewardship Themes: Spotlight on Climate Change
    Responsible Investor and ISS Recorded: Oct 4 2018 60 mins
    A successful ESG stewardship strategy requires investors to proactively address ESG risks in their portfolios. Over the last three years, climate change has become a top ESG shareholder proposal issue. Many shareholder proponents encourage companies to align their reporting with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, set GHG emission reduction targets, conduct 2°C scenario analyses and disclose on climate impact. However, the percentage of companies providing such disclosures remains generally very low.

    This webinar gives an overview of emerging climate change topics from the 2018 proxy season and how investors can proactively identify climate-related risks and opportunities in their portfolios.

    - What are the takeaways from the 2018 proxy season and Climate Week NYC 2018?

    - Are we any closer to meaningful scenario analysis?

    - How is data developing to help investors capture physical climate risk?

    - Where are we at with TCFD reporting?

    - How important is collaboration on these issues, through things like ClimateAction100+?

    Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

    Confirmed Speakers:
    Maximilian Horster, Managing Director, Head, ISS-Climate
    Anne Simpson, Director, Board Governance and Strategy, reporting to the CEO, CalPERS and Chair ClimateAction 100+

    This webinar is produced by Responsible Investor, for dedicated news and events on ESG and sustainable finance check out our website at www.responsible-investor.com
  • UNDP: The organisation behind the SDGs in conversation with Responsible Investor
    UNDP: The organisation behind the SDGs in conversation with Responsible Investor
    Responsible Investor Recorded: Oct 2 2018 61 mins
    Hear from the UN body that is evolving the SDGs 3 years on, on the Ethical Finance 2018 conference pre-event webinar.

    Ahead of the Ethical Finance 2018 conference on October 22/23 in Edinburgh, meet the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the lead UN development agency for implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with governments.

    The UNDP is a supporting partner for the Ethical Finance 2018 Conference, along with the UK and Scottish governments.

    On this webinar, Responsible Investor's Managing Editor will talk to Gail Hurley, UNDP Policy Specialist for Development Finance, about the work the UNDP is doing on driving the SDGs with policy makers, and about how they see the role of investors within that.

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to put your questions to UNDP about the evolution of the world’s biggest sustainability initiative!

    Speakers:
    Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist Development Finance, UNDP
    Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor
  • ESG data: availability, transparency, quality and investment applicability
    ESG data: availability, transparency, quality and investment applicability
    Responsible Investor and Thomson Reuters Recorded: Jul 12 2018 63 mins
    Thursday 12 July 10:00 EST / 15:00 BST / 16:00 CEST

    It’s time to recognize the ‘elephant in the room’: A corporate, a data provider, an asset owner and an investment manager talk ‘elephants’

    Corporate: How is the production of ESG data evolving at the corporate level: what’s required, what’s optional, what’s the quality like and how is it changing?

    Thomson Reuters: What data are clients seeking? How ESG data is filtered, aggregated and scored, and based on what standards and definitions. How can data gaps be overcome? Examples of current interesting investment-relevant data.

    Asset Owner and Asset Manager: How are portfolio managers translating ESG research data into investment decisions: what’s working and what needs improving?

    Speakers:

    Annie Bersagel, Senior Analyst – Responsible Investments, Folketrygdfondet (The Government Pension Fund Norway)

    Rakhi Kumar, Senior Managing Director and Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors

    Elena Philipova, Global Head of ESG Proposition, Thomson Reuters

    Shivani Rajpal, Director – Services, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

    Moderator: Carlos Tornero, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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