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Can FinTech and AI solve the ESG data puzzle?

Can FinTech and AI solve the ESG data puzzle?
What’s the best route to reduce costs, increase flows and further improve the quality of ESG data from corporate reporter to end-user?

The 2016 Carrots & Sticks report identifies almost 400 sustainability regulations, guidelines, codes-of-conduct, frameworks and other reporting instruments across 64 countries. How accurate is this data? How are corporations coping with the pressure and cost of reporting? How can asset managers make sense of what it means? And will data vendors turn to AI to collect and deliver this googolesque volume of data?

During this 60-minute webinar we will discuss:
• Global trends in sustainability reporting and regulations: What have been the major trends in the last decade and how harmonized have they been? How can auditors help in the quest for more accurate ESG data?
• How are corporations coping with the growing pressure from regulators to disclose more ESG data? What tools do they use? What can be done to reduce the costs, improve the quality? Can entry be made more accessible for SMEs?
• As asset owners place more demands on asset managers to integrate ESG in their investment process, how are custodians meeting this challenge and what are the key pressure points?
• ESG research and data vendors are under increasing pressure to provide more coverage and higher quality ESG data and ratings to investors. This creates cost and logistical challenges in an industry where most of this work is still carried out by specialized analysts. Is AI the answer?

Speakers:
- Cornis T. van der Lugt, Centre for Corporate Governance, Stellenbosch University Business School, South Africa
- Hendrik Bartel, TruValue Labs Inc.
- Trevor Allen, BNP Paribas Securities Services
- André Chanavat, Senior Product Manager, Thomson Reuters
Moderated by: Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor
Recorded Sep 28 2016 59 mins
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    スピーカー:
    山﨑 英幸、 PwCサステナビリティ合同会社 ディレクター

    進行:
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    Responsible Investor
    GPIFの、CalSTRS、USSとの共同ステートメント、スチュワードシップ活動原則、議決権行使原則、そして日本版スチュワードシップコード・・・これらは総じて、長期投資家の望むべき姿を、より明らかにしたものと言えます。新型コロナウィルスが経済に暗い影を落としている中、投資先企業を支え、レジリエンスを育てる責任投資家の役割は、ますます重要性を増しています。しかし、こうしたスチュワードシップ責任について、投資家は実際どの様に遂行していくのでしょうか?
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    ・感染症の心配は、エンゲージメント活動の実施の仕方についての議論を活発化させるでしょうか?またそれは議決権行使にはどう影響するのでしょうか?
    ・PRIはスチュワードシップ活動のアウトカムを重視するアプローチを明らかにしましたが、日本の署名機関と足並みのあったものなのでしょうか?PRIの提案する通りステップアップする準備はあるのでしょうか?

    スピーカー:
    三菱UFJ信託銀行株式会社、資産運用部 副部長兼フェロー、三橋 和之
    ファーストステート・インベストメンツ、EMEA責任投資ヘッド、光谷 健

    進行:
    Responsible Investor、イベント・リーダー 今村沙絵
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  • 2020総会シーズン、アクティブオーナーシップの灯火はつながるか? Recorded: Apr 16 2020 32 mins
    Responsible Investor
    新型コロナウィルスの猛威は人々の健康だけでなく、企業の業績も蝕んでいます。多くの上場企業が、類を見ない世界的な経済ダメージからの立ち直りを試みる最中で、株主総会を迎え、投資家は短期的な利益追求へ立ち戻るか、さらなる長期的投資へのコミットメントを深めるかの選択を迫られています。近年日本と世界で見られた目覚ましいスチュワードシップと積極的株主行動の発展は、この危機を前に後退してしまうのでしょうか。RIウェビナーで検証します。

    - 企業がコロナショックに対処し、立ち直るためのサポートを、長期投資家に期待できるのでしょうか?
    - 今年3月、世界をリードする巨大アセットオーナー3者は、短期リターンへの集中はポートフォリオ上の潜在的に壊滅的なシステミックリスクを無視することだと明言しました。世界市場が動揺する中、長期的アプローチを堅持することは、他の投資家にとってどれだけ納得のいく、確かなことなのでしょうか?

    スピーカー:小森博司、年金積立金管理運用独立行政法人(GPIF)、市場運用部次長、スチュワードシップ推進課長

    聞き手: 今村沙絵、Responsible Investor、イベント・リーダー
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    - How do investment managers view the Taxonomy in terms of investment applicability, reporting, product development and strategic relevance.

    - How will the Taxonomy actually mobilise corporate activity and investment?

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    Nicolas Redon, Senior Analyst - Green Finance, Novethic

    Moderator:
    Hugh Wheelan, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director, Responsible Investor
  • Why should investors care about ocean health? Recorded: Mar 24 2020 59 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Credit Suisse
    The ocean - or blue - economy is expected to grow at twice the rate of the mainstream economy by 2030, and the economic value of global ocean assets is estimated to already be at over US$ 24 trillion, making the Blue Economy the seventh-largest economy by GDP globally. However, with ocean health and impacts tightly linked to the threats of climate change and other anthropogenic threats, such as over-fishing, habitat destruction and pollution, a large amount of capital is at risk. Are the world's investors aware of ocean-related risks to their portfolios, and are they acting on the opportunities provided by this emerging investment topic?

    Discussing the findings of RI and Credit Suisse’s market-first research study “Investors and the Blue Economy”, this webinar investigates whether the conditions exist for private capital to flow towards a sustainable use of the ocean. And if not, what needs to change.

    Speakers:
    Liesel van Ast, Membership and Regional Co-ordination Manager, UNEP FI
    Chip Cunliffe, Director Sustainable Development, AXA XL
    James Gifford, Head of Impact Advisory, Credit Suisse
    Shally Shanker, Founder & Managing Partner, AiiM Partners

    Moderator:
    Dennis Fritsch, Researcher, Responsible Investor
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From the publishers of Responsible-Investor.com, the RI Webinars channel focuses on responsible investing, ESG and sustainable finance for institutional investors and companies. We also produce a number of industry leading in-person events including: RI London, RI New York and RI Tokyo.

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