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    • Fintech: Good and Bad News for Inclusive Sustainable Finance
      Fintech: Good and Bad News for Inclusive Sustainable Finance Hazel Henderson (FRSA) Recorded: Aug 22 2016 5:00 pm UTC 47 mins
    • This presentation, FINTECH: Good and Bad News for Inclusive Sustainable Finance, will explore issues surrounding the rapid deployment of computerized electronic platforms, cryptocurrencies and algorithms now disrupting legacy financial firms and their models.

      Good News: this disruption was long overdue and welcome where it overturns inefficient, inequitable, over-priced services, democratizing lending, investment, banking, payments, remittance and widens easy availability of transactions. Widespread adoption of Blockchain-based distributed ledgers offer closer monitoring of financial ethics and performance. Bad News: this electronic, information-rich disruption of legacy finance ranges from algorithmic high-frequency trading (HFT) we explored for the UN Inquiry (2015) to the rapid co-option and buyouts of companies in the FINTECH 100 by the big legacy banks; the excessive run-up in pre-IPO valuations, focusing on big wins, short-term profits – evidence of the same excesses and unsustainable practices needing reform. Even the ingenious market-based reform in IEX’s platform’s technological designed “speed bump” which levels the playing field for investors also can be subverted to extort fees by unscrupulous firms. Vulnerability, internet and spectrum capacity as well as security issues need attention.

      While FINTECH offers so many opportunities for reforming and democratizing finance, the race is on to own and control these disruptive firms and their profits. Steering FINTECH firms toward globally inclusive, sustainable development goals as in the UN’s SDGs must now be built in. Ethical standards are key in optimal systemic design. How best to measure their social and environmental impacts, performance metrics and accounting, and monitor prudential architecture at global and national levels? How can we help design FINTECH for inclusive sustainable finance and markets?

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    • European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 2/3 GREEN BANKING INCENTIVES
      European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 2/3 GREEN BANKING INCENTIVES Responsible Investor Upcoming: Feb 20 2018 2:00 pm UTC 60 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

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    • European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 3/3 SUSTAINABILITY DEFINITIONS
      European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 3/3 SUSTAINABILITY DEFINITIONS Responsible Investor Upcoming: Feb 28 2018 2:00 pm UTC 60 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 Kreiva, Head of Capital Markets, European Investment Bank
      - Wang Yao, 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


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

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    • 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 2:00 pm UTC 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

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    • The Sustainable Development Goals: A new tool for putting value on values?
      The Sustainable Development Goals: A new tool for putting value on values? Responsible Investor & Thomson Reuters Recorded: Nov 8 2017 2:00 pm UTC 58 mins
    • The Sustainable Development Goals: A new tool for putting value on values?
      Wednesday 8th November, 9:00 EST / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET

      • The SDGs are 17 aspirational Global Goals launched in 2015 that are gaining traction amongst investors, companies and policy-makers
      • Some of the world’s leading investors have started to allocate capital to the SDGs, recognising a new way to identify and unlock value
      • New products such as funds and indices themed around the SDGs are in the pipeline or in development
      • The SDGs: a new language you need to learn!

      Speakers:
      Xander den Uyl, Board of Trustees, ABP
      Christopher Greenwald, Executive Director, Sustainable and Impact Investing, UBS Asset Management
      Carly Greenberg, Senior ESG Analyst, Walden Asset Management
      Tim Nixon, Head of Sustainability, Thomson Reuters

      Moderator: Daniel Brooksbank, Editor, Responsible Investor

      This webinar is presented in partnership with Thomson Reuters

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    • Steering FinTech towards Sustainable Development & Green Economies
      Steering FinTech towards Sustainable Development & Green Economies Hazel Henderson, D.Sc.Hon., (FRSA) Recorded: Dec 14 2016 5:00 pm UTC 31 mins
    • In 2015, the United Nations’ 195 member countries adopted their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to the global transition from the fossil-fueled industrial Era to low-carbon, knowledge-richer, green economies. This requires reforming incumbent finance and democratizing such services to drive this global transition toward accessible green technologies, jobs and infrastructure. While FINTECH companies can power this transition, few have embraced the potential of this next stage of human development. Too many FINTECH startups are being acquired by incumbent banks or coopted to serve narrow interests and conventional profit-maximizing.

      •Many block-chain based patents have been filed by Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, as well as similar initiatives by Barclay’s, UBS, Santander, along with venture capital investors. Over 50 major financial institutions see FINTECH as cutting their internal costs by up to $20 billion annually by 2020.
      •Will FINTECH no longer be disrupting incumbent financial giants – but serving them by merely “paving their legacy cow paths” (i.e., back-office systems, records, transfers, loans, remittances)?
      •Or will FINTECH adopt higher goals and independent values beyond Wall Street’s worst greed and self-interest? Will they join the global transition to more sharing, accessible, cleaner, greener, sustainable economies for our common future?

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    • SDG Webinar Series: SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES
      SDG Webinar Series: SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES Responsible-Investor.com Recorded: May 3 2017 1:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • Responsible Investor presents a series of four webinars focused on the SDGs (Sustainable development Goals).

      This second webinar in the series will focus on how investors can make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

      The SDGs - officially know as "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" – are 17 aspirational Global Goals.

      They have generated unprecedented interest from investors, companies and policy-makers and could be a pivotal moment for responsible investment.

      Responsible Investor is proud to present a series of webinars dedicated to the SDGs that will drill down into some of the key issues and highlight the main points.

      The SDGs could be a game-changer for responsible investment.

      SDG Webinar Series:

      APR 19 - SDG Webinar Series: OVERVIEW
      MAY 03 - SDG Webinar Series: SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES
      MAY 10 - SDG Webinar Series: GENDER EQUALITY
      MAY 17 - SDG Webinar Series: ZERO HUNGER

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    • How the finance function can support STPs
      How the finance function can support STPs Dr Oliver Bernath, Partner, PwC Recorded: Jun 20 2016 1:00 pm UTC 62 mins
    • In conjunction with PwC this webinar will provide an overview of how the finance function can support strategic and transformation plans (STPs).

      Health and care systems are asked to come together to create their own ambitious local blueprints for implementing the Five Year Forward View. 44 footprint areas have been defined that will bring local health and care leaders and organisations and communities together for improved health, care and finances over the next five years. STPs are the single application and approval process for transformation funding for 2017/18 onwards that should be a genuine enabler for whole system transformation.

      This webinar will discuss the practical support that finance professionals can provide to deliver a financially sustainable STP. PwC will present a range of observations and lessons to implement financially successful STPs that has been gained from working with their clients.

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    • Tele-consultation at scale - supporting sustainable health economies
      Tele-consultation at scale - supporting sustainable health economies Sheenagh Powell, DoF, Andrew Copley, Deputy DoF, Dr Richard Pope & Ann Wagner from Airedale NHS FT Recorded: Nov 26 2012 11:30 am UTC 60 mins
    • The economy and demographic trends indicate that we cannot continue to work as we do. The system needs to change as the current one is not viable. The webinar will be a review of 7years experience of delivering telemedicine in the form of tele-consultation in several sectors; prisons, nursing and care homes, patients own homes, hospices, GP surgeries and remote consultations. It will explain the different forms of telemedicine to clarify what this model is and could be and what it is not. It will look at the financial and clinical issues regarding tele-consultation and how when implemented at scale it can offer significant benefits for a sustainable local health economy.

      It will demonstrate how it can:

      • Improve the quality of care and patient experience

      • Save on admissions and A&E attendances

      • Save clinical time

      • Save money for commissioners

      • Balanced by savings for providers

      The webinar will also cover the benefits and challenges of implementation

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    • A global ‘stock-take’ on where we’re at regarding environmental reporting
      A global ‘stock-take’ on where we’re at regarding environmental reporting Responsible Investor & ISS Ethix Recorded: Sep 6 2017 1:00 pm UTC 64 mins
    • A global ‘stock-take’ on where we’re at regarding environmental reporting

      Post the TCFD report and evolving country and EU regulatory moves: what are investors actually expected to do now on assessing and communicating climate risk exposure?
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      • A changing world of compliance
      The world of climate reporting is moving fast and investors need to understand what their responsibilities are in multiple jurisdictions and how climate data can best serve them.

      • Hard vs soft law
      Countries including France, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland and the US state of California have introduced a variety of hard and soft laws. TCFD is voluntary and the EU’s plans look likely to be so also: what’s an investor supposed to do?

      • How to?
      Investors need guidance and takeaways for action.

      • Trump v the States?
      What does the evolution mean for US investors in the light of the US government’s withdrawal from Paris and California and other states’ counter moves?

      • What’s expected versus what’s possible?
      Investor leadership in times of compliance requirements.
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      Speakers:
      Robin Edme, Senior Policy Officer Green and Sustainable Finance, European Commission
      Dr. Maximilian Horster, Managing Director, ISS Ethix Climate Change Solutions
      Christina Olivecrona, Sustainability Analyst, AP2

      Moderator:
      Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor

      Presented by: Responsible Investor & ISS Ethix

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    • Amity Insight: Sustainable Cities
      Amity Insight: Sustainable Cities Esmé Van Herwijnen, Responsible Investment Analyst Recorded: Feb 8 2018 4:00 pm UTC 23 mins
    • Following the publication of EdenTree's latest Amity Insight, author Esmé Van Herwijnen examines the challenges facing the world's cities and asks what it will take to make the cities of the future sustainable.

      As well as looking deeper into these issues, Esmé also discusses the investment value chain that can be found in the sectors which serve as integral to keeping cities moving – these are sectors in which the EdenTree range of Amity Funds are well represented, and we hope that you will be interested to learn more about the companies held in our funds which are at the forefront of developing solutions for the sustainable city.

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