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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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    • 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 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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