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    • From TCFD to SDG Finance: Next Steps in Sustainable Finance
      From TCFD to SDG Finance: Next Steps in Sustainable Finance Careen Abb, Positive Impact Lead, UNEP FI | Remco Fischer, Climate Lead, UNEP FI Recorded: Nov 14 2018 11:00 am UTC 61 mins
    • UNEP FI has pioneered work on Positive Impact finance, and TCFD implementation for investors, banks and insurers.

      Hear from the leaders at UNEP FI about next steps in SDG finance, as well as in TCFD implementation, and how the bigger picture in sustainable finance is evolving.


      A stocktake of SDG Finance

      Where are we at with SDG financing? Latest UN reports (HLPF, September 2018) suggest we may not be on track overall with SDGs. UNEP FI & a range of partners believe that results-driven – i.e. impact focused – analysis needs to be consolidated and mainstreamed to meaningfully connect the private and finance sector to the SDG agenda. The Principles for Positive Impact provide a meta-framework with a holistic definition of impact to complement and promote convergence among the growing body of impact-oriented methodologies and standards.



      Next steps in TCFD implementation

      How can financial institutions better understand, assess, and prepare for climate change, across meteorological, technological, and regulatory domains? How can they do so in a forward-looking, scenario-based manner, that allows them to respond to the FSB TCFD? How are they coalescing and organising on UNEP FI platforms to jointly develop answers? UNEP FI has led several pilot-projects on TCFD implementation, and here, we share the results and outcomes.

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    • The Teslification of Banking: The Role of Ethical AI in Sustainable Finance
      The Teslification of Banking: The Role of Ethical AI in Sustainable Finance Richard Peers, Director Financial Services Industry, Microsoft Recorded: May 17 2018 10:00 am UTC 37 mins
    • Artificial Intelligence has a huge role to play in banking, no more so than in sustainable finance. However, data is very patchy and much source data is not available to inform Sustainable Finance. The challenge as we set off on this new journey is to make sure that the data and algorithms used are transparent and unbiased.

      In this session, Richard Peers, Director of Financial Services industry at Microsoft will share how disruption and new entrants are bringing new business models and technology to play in banking as in other industries like the Auto Industry

      One new area is sustainable Finance, a voluntary initiative as part of the COP agreement on climate change but the data to inform the markets is a challenge. Big Data, Machine Learning and AI can help resolve this.

      But with such important issues at stake, this session will outline how AI much be designed to ethical principles

      Tune in to this session for a high-level view of some key trends and technologies in banking. Get insight into sustainable finance; why AI can help and why Ethical AI is important; and the Microsoft principles for Ethical AI.

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    • 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 12:00 pm UTC 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

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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 Commission Technical Expert Group: Call for Feedback on the EU Taxonomy
      European Commission Technical Expert Group: Call for Feedback on the EU Taxonomy Elodie Feller | Nathan Fabian | Martin Spolc Upcoming: Dec 17 2018 2:30 pm UTC 60 mins
    • The Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance set up by the Commission in July 2018 has launched a call for feedback on EU action to develop a unified EU-wide classification system – or taxonomy – for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

      The call for feedback aims to help the Technical Expert Group engage with a broad range of stakeholders and experts and will close on 22 February 2019.
      Find out more: https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/sustainable-finance-taxonomy_en

      This Webinar will provide background and guidance on the feedback process to support stakeholders and experts interested in contributing.

      Presented by:

      • Martin Spolc, Head of Unit, DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission
      • Nathan Fabian, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, PRI, Chair of the TEG Taxonomy Working Group
      • Elodie Feller, Investment Programme Lead, UNEP FI, Observer in the Technical Expert Group

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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 Recorded: Feb 20 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 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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    • The Global Sustainable and Impact Investing Outlook
      The Global Sustainable and Impact Investing Outlook Paul Ellis | Jeff Gitterman | Martina MacPherson | Brace Young Recorded: Dec 12 2018 2:00 pm UTC 63 mins
    • Join Jeff Gitterman, Gitterman Wealth Management, Martina MacPherson, President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, Brace Young, Arabesque Asset Management, and Paul Ellis, Host of The Sustainable Finance Podcast on BrightTALk, for a review of industry growth in 2018 and the global outlook for key developments in 2019.

      Sustainable, responsible and impact investing strategies grew to $12 trillion in the two years from January 2016 to January 2018, a 38% increase that represents 26%, or one in every four dollars, of total U.S. assets under professional management.

      The BrightTALK Q4 ESG investing webinar will feature advice for 2019 investment allocation from leading financial advisors and asset managers who specialize in sustainable and impact portfolio strategies. Their clients include institutions, family offices and mass affluent investors, many of whom are integrating global sustainability frameworks like the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their mission-based and personal values focused due diligence process.

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    • European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 3/3 SUSTAINABILITY DEFINITIONS
      European Sustainable Investment Policy: Series 3/3 SUSTAINABILITY DEFINITIONS Responsible Investor Recorded: Feb 28 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 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

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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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