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  • How will the EU’s sustainable finance 'taxonomy' really work?
    How will the EU’s sustainable finance 'taxonomy' really work? RI 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
  • Reporting & Transparency: The TCFD Knowledge Hub explained
    Reporting & Transparency: The TCFD Knowledge Hub explained Responsible Investor & Climate Disclosure Standards Board Recorded: Jun 28 2018 56 mins
    Reporting & Transparency: The TCFD Knowledge Hub explained
    An RI webinar in partnership with the Climate Disclosure Standards Board
    Thursday 28th June 1400 BST

    One year after the launch of the final report of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), hundreds of organisations are working on disclosing climate-related financial information, and a myriad of resources are being developed to support them in the process.

    In May, the TCFD and CDSB launched the TCFD Knowledge Hub, the first online platform dedicated to the latest resources, tools and insights on the recommendations. This webinar will provide an overview of the platform and help organisations:
    • Understand how the Hub can help you find the right resources to disclose according to the TCFD recommendations;
    • Find out more about some of the key resources currently available on the website;
    • Understand how your experience can be shared on the platform to help others improve their reporting practices.

    Moderated by Daniel Brooksbank, Editor, Responsible Investor

    Speakers:
    Simon Messenger, Managing Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board

    Stacy Coleman, TCFD Secretariat, Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group
  • The unique challenges of integrating ESG for the insurance industry
    The unique challenges of integrating ESG for the insurance industry Responsible Investor & MSCI Recorded: Apr 30 2018 61 mins
    Managing risk on two sides: The unique challenges of integrating ESG for the insurance industry

    【How ESG factors are influencing risk assessments: climate change, capital modelling and extreme events】
    · How are recent weather-related events, which are being linked to climate change, changing insurance pricing, coverage and market sentiment? Are ‘extreme’ events no longer so extreme?
    · What are the major ESG factors now that are influencing underwriting and capital provision at insurers?
    · Tightening regulation on ESG issues and its impact on the insurance industry.
    · Is the historical data available to utilise ESG factors as a performance predictor or gauge of risk quality?
    · The development of new ESG risk-specific insurance products. Differences in the above trends globally.

    【Divestment, investment and the move to ESG benchmarking】
    · Why are insurers getting on the front foot around divestment in areas such as coal or tobacco?
    · Insurers as investors: how this asset owner sector is shaping its long-term allocations with ESG factors in mind.
    · What are the investment tools insurers are using to do so?

    SPEAKERS
    Axel Zehren, CFO, Allianz Investment Management
    Michael Bruch, Head of Emerging Trends and the ESG department in Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS)
    Butch Bacani, Programme Leader, UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative
    Linda-Eling Lee, Global Head of ESG Research, MSCI

    MODERATOR: Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor

    For more news and events on Responsible Investing and ESG visit https://www.responsible-investor.com/
  • European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 3/3 SUSTAINABILITY DEFINITIONS
    European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 3/3 SUSTAINABILITY DEFINITIONS Responsible Investor Recorded: Feb 28 2018 61 mins
    European Sustainable Investment Policy

    •The EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG)
    •The European Commission’s policy objectives

    Responsible Investor is proud to present a series of three webinars focused on European sustainable investment policy in the context of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) and the stated objectives of EU Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

    This is a crucial time for EU policy on ESG. But how will it affect you… and your clients?

    With Europe looking at investment mandates, sustainability definitions and green financing incentives, ‘the HLEG-effect’ will be far-reaching.

    The series will feature senior figures from the EU, leading market participants and expert analysts.

    European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 3/3 SUSTAINABILITY DEFINITIONS

    There is also a plan to create a common language and classification system for sustainable investments. This ‘taxonomy’ will impact the investment landscape and could foster the construction of green portfolios: but what will it look like and who will oversee it?

    Speakers:
    - Eila Kreivi, Head of Capital Markets, European Investment Bank
    - Yao Wang, Professor and Director General, International Institute of Green Finance, Deputy Secretary General of Green Finance, Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking
    - David Harris, Group Head of Sustainable Business, London Stock Exchange Group, Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell

    Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor
  • European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 2/3 GREEN BANKING INCENTIVES
    European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 2/3 GREEN BANKING INCENTIVES Responsible Investor Recorded: Feb 20 2018 61 mins
    European Sustainable Investment Policy

    • The EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG)
    • The European Commission’s policy objectives

    Responsible Investor is proud to present a series of three webinars focused on European sustainable investment policy in the context of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) and the stated objectives of EU Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

    This is a crucial time for EU policy on ESG. But how will it affect you… and your clients?

    With Europe looking at investment mandates, sustainability definitions and green financing incentives, ‘the HLEG-effect’ will be far-reaching.

    The series will feature senior figures from the EU, leading market participants and expert analysts.

    European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 2/3 GREEN BANKING INCENTIVES

    The most controversial idea that has been floated is for banks to get lower capital charges if they invest in green projects and companies. This throws up a lot of questions, not least the role of securitisation and the broader implications for responsible investment.

    Speakers:
    Raymond Frenken, Head of Communications & CSR, European Banking Federation
    Sini Matikainen, Policy Analyst at the Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics
    Alberto Postigo, Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investor Service
    Marie Louise Andersen, Policy Advisor, the European Mortgage Federation-European Covered Bond Council

    Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor
  • European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 1/3 MANDATES / FIDUCIARY DUTY
    European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 1/3 MANDATES / FIDUCIARY DUTY Responsible Investor Recorded: Feb 14 2018 61 mins
    European Sustainable Investment Policy

    • The EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG)
    • The European Commission’s policy objectives

    Responsible Investor is proud to present a series of three webinars focused on European sustainable investment policy in the context of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) and the stated objectives of EU Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

    This is a crucial time for EU policy on ESG. But how will it affect you… and your clients?

    With Europe looking at investment mandates, sustainability definitions and green financing incentives, ‘the HLEG-effect’ will be far-reaching.

    The series will feature senior figures from the EU, leading market participants and expert analysts.


    European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 1/3 MANDATES / FIDUCIARY DUTY

    Mandates are the anchors of the investment chain and the European Commission is proposing to integrate sustainability into the duties of asset managers. This presents a pivotal moment for ESG and we will drill down into all the implications. What would a pan-European set of investor duties mean in practice – and is it even possible?

    Speakers:
    Eleni Choidas, European Policy Officer, ShareAction
    Raj Thamotheram, Founder & Chair, Preventable Surprises
    Elodie Feller, Programme Lead, Investment, UNEP FI
    Will Martindale, Head of Policy, PRI

    Moderator: Daniel Brooksbank, Editor, Responsible Investor
  • Looking Ahead to the 2018 PRI Reporting Cycle
    Looking Ahead to the 2018 PRI Reporting Cycle Responsible Investor + ISS-Ethix Recorded: Nov 16 2017 61 mins
    Looking Ahead to the 2018 PRI Reporting Cycle
    16th November 2017
    11:00 AM EST | 8:00 AM PST | 4:00 PM GMT | 5:00 PM CET

    Join this one hour webinar discussing the complexities of PRI signatory reporting and emerging trends investors should consider in fulfilling client mandates and meeting their active ownership responsibilities.


    Confirmed Speakers:
    • Elina Rolfe, Head of Reporting and Assessment, PRI
    • Adrie Heinsbroek, Head of Responsible Investment, NN Investment Partners
    • Bruce M. Kahn, PhD, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
    • Ulrika Hasselgren, Global Head of Responsible Investment Strategy & ESG Integration, ISS 
     
    Moderated by Tony Hay, Publisher, Responsible Investor

    This webinar is in partnership with ISS-Ethix

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