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The future of ESG integration & alpha in emerging markets

Join us for this important webinar considering the future of ESG integration in emerging markets. Emerging markets are particularly exposed when it comes to ESG issues, with macro stability risks more acute compared to developed markets, and high levels of government or concentrated ownership impacting on organizational strategy and performance.

This webinar will discuss how investors can take advantage of customized ESG screens and tilts to reduce their risk when investing in emerging markets, alongside prospects for a post-coronavirus recovery in key markets.

Learn from the experts at Aberdeen Standard and MSCI about how ESG factors can be assessed and linked to better performance in the era of climate risk and pandemics. Bring your questions and dial-in for answers to tough questions:

How can ESG factors help EM investors construct long-term alpha strategies across fixed income and equity portfolios?

How can emerging markets investors systematically integrate ESG risk and opportunity assessment into their security selection process?


Roubesh Adaya, Senior Investment Specialist, Fixed Income, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Xiaoshu Wang (王晓书), Executive Director, MSCI ESG Research


Hamish Stewart, Responsible Investor
Recorded Apr 30 2020 61 mins
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  • ESG Data: What Matters and How to Measure it Recorded: Jul 20 2021 58 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Northern Trust Asset Management
    As the demand for ESG-driven investing has accelerated, so too has the number of reporting
    requirements, data providers and frameworks – each with varying requirements and methodologies.
    In this context, a collaborative effort that involves investors, asset managers and standard-setting
    institutions will be key in the quest for better quality ESG data and disclosure standards.
    Join our panel and gain actionable insights on how to clear the biggest hurdle to successful ESG

    Julie Moret, Global Head of Sustainable Investing & Stewardship – Northern Trust Asset Management
    Laura Hobbs, Responsible Investment Manager – Brunel Pension Partnership
    Jeff Cohen, Director of Capital Markets Integration – SASB

    This material is directed to professional and eligible counterparties only and should not be relied upon by retail investors. The information is not intended for distribution or use by any person in any jurisdiction where such distribution would be contrary to local law or regulation. Northern Trust and its affiliates may have positions in and may effect transactions in the markets, contracts and related investments different than described in this information.
    Investing involves risk- no investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee returns or eliminate risk in any market environment.
    Northern Trust Asset Management is composed of Northern Trust Investments, Inc. Northern Trust Global Investments Limited, Northern Trust Fund Managers (Ireland) Limited, Northern Trust Global Investments Japan, K.K, NT Global Advisors, Inc., 50 South Capital Advisors, LLC, Belvedere Advisors LLC and investment personnel of The Northern Trust Company of Hong Kong
    Limited and The Northern Trust Company.
    © 2021 Northern Trust Corporation. Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A.
    Issued in the United Kingdom by Northern Trust Global Investments Limited. Issued in the EEA by Northern Trust Fund
    Managers (Ireland) Limited.
  • Net Zero Investment Frameworks: Main Lessons and Pitfalls for Equity Investors Recorded: Jul 13 2021 60 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Scientific Beta
    • The Paris Aligned Investment Initiative Net Zero Investment Framework Implementation Guide and the U.N.-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance Inaugural 2025 Target Setting Protocol, which were both published in 2021, are two milestones for investors seeking to tackle climate change.

    • They both aim to align investment portfolios towards net-zero in a manner that produces the greatest impact possible, defined as emissions reductions in the real economy.

    • In this webinar we will analyse the impact levers recommended by these frameworks for equity investors, looking in particular at the academic evidence on the impact of portfolio construction decisions and shareholder engagement respectively.

    • We will also discuss the need to handle these two levers in a synergistic rather than distinct manner, and the greenwashing concerns that arise from portfolio construction techniques targeting attractive headlines rather than stock-level consistency.

    Erik Christiansen, ESG & Low Carbon Investment Specialist
    Frédéric Ducoulombier, ESG Director, Scientific Beta

    Daniel Brooksbank, Head of Strategic Content, Responsible Investor
  • Book launch author Q&A session: 21st Century Investing + Moving Beyond MPT Recorded: Jul 7 2021 60 mins
    Responsible Investor
    RI Special ‘Book Launch’ Author Q&A Session: 21st Century Investing + Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory
    Wednesday 7th July - 10:00 EDT | 15:00 BST | 16:00 CEST

    Join Hugh Wheelan, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director of Responsible Investor in conversation with authors William Burckart, Jim Hawley and Jon Lukomnik as they talk about what’s next for the future of investing based on two new book launches.

    In 21st Century Investing: Redirecting Financial Strategies to Drive Systems Change (https://www.tiiproject.com/21st-century-investing/), William Burckart and Steve Lydenberg show how institutions and individuals can go beyond conventional and sustainable investing to address complex problems such as income inequality and climate change on a deep, systemic level. They articulate how system-level investors support and enhance the health and stability of the social, financial, and environmental systems on which they depend for long-term returns.

    Relatedly, in Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Investing That Matters (https://www.beyondmpt.com/moving-beyond-modern-portfolio-theory), Jon Lukomnik and Jim Hawley tell the story of how Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) is now showing its age. MPT has no mechanism to understand its impacts on the environmental, social and financial systems, nor any tools for investors to mitigate the havoc that systemic risks can wreck on their portfolios. It’s time for MPT to evolve and the authors propose a new imperative to improve finance’s ability to fulfil its twin main purposes: providing adequate returns to individuals and directing capital to where it is needed in the economy.

    During the session, the authors will be joined by leading investors that will offer their expert perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and breakthroughs needed for industry transformation.
  • Net zero - How to cut through the buzz and take action Recorded: Jul 6 2021 59 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with ISS ESG
    Net Zero can be an overwhelming topic for investors. What exactly does “net zero” mean - and is there a cost to getting there? What lessons can be learnt about the path to net zero?

    This Responsible Investor webinar in partnership with ISS ESG will cut through the buzz and aim to make sense of the existing net zero initiatives while providing guidance on taking action along the pledge, plan, proceed, publish framework.

    It will provide insight into planning through discussions on science-based and net-zero target setting, as well as on accelerating decarbonisation, progress tracking and compliance with disclosure regulations.

    The webinar will also highlight investor perspectives on both passive and active strategies towards net zero.

    Lorenz Stör, Head of Climate Analytics, ISS ESG
    Simon Park, Sustainability Analyst, Handelsbanken
    Katarina Hammar, Head of Active Ownership, Nordea

    Daniel Brooksbank, Head of Strategic Content, Responsible Investor
  • The future of ESG investing Recorded: Jun 30 2021 59 mins
    Responsible Investor, in collaboration with CME Group
    Wednesday 30th June 11:00 EDT | 16:00 BST | 17:00 CEST

    Join Responsible Investor, in collaboration with CME Group for a live webinar and Q&A session on the future of sustainable investing.

    Interest in sustainable investing continues to rise in 2021 and central to this growth is the availability of ESG investment tools.

    In this webinar, CME Group will discuss the state of the ESG investment landscape and provide updates on the performance and liquidity of their capital-efficient ESG derivative solutions – E-mini S&P 500 ESG futures as well as recently launched E-mini S&P Europe 350 ESG futures. Experts will share how ESG investing is affecting their asset allocation decisions and provide their insights on what’s to come in the second half of 2021.

    Jaspreet Duhra, Managing Director, Head of EMEA ESG Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices
    Paul Woolman, Senior Director, Head of EMEA Equity and Alternative Index Products, CME Group
    Shantanu Tandon, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Insight Investment
    Magnus Linder, Equities & Derivatives Trading at Swedbank Robur

    Daniel Brooksbank, Head of Strategic Content, Responsible Investor
  • Responsible Company: The Race to Net Zero Recorded: Jun 24 2021 59 mins
    Responsible Company
    The prioritisation of green infrastructure projects through regulatory shifts like the EU Green Deal and the US Biden plan is high on the agenda for companies and investors.

    Effective collaborative partnerships that bring together best practice and innovative infrastructure and sustainability proposals will be critical to industry transformation.

    This webinar will present an investor view on how to decarbonise infrastructure assets; a water infrastructure company case study about its “road to carbon neutrality”, and the work of an industry collaboration partnership on sustainable infra.

    David Riley, Head of Carbon Neutrality, Anglian Water Services
    Felix Heon, Sustainability Director, Antin Infrastructure Partners
    Nirmal Kotecha, Chair of the Infrastructure Client Group Management Board and Member of the Construction Leadership Council.

    Helen Wood-Gush, Senior ESG Consultant, Responsible Investor
  • Making portfolio decisions and climate engagement consistent Recorded: Jun 10 2021 60 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Scientific Beta
    Investment strategies aimed at transforming the economy to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions goals need to focus on how investors influence each company across all sectors to align their business models and develop climate solutions. The two Net Zero investment frameworks published in 2021 – from the PAII and the NZAOA – thus rightly place the emphasis on company-level engagements between shareholders and companies. Indeed, as we will show in this webinar, climate investment strategies with seemingly attractive portfolio-level carbon metrics can send completely inconsistent climate signals to individual company managers. They can also reduce the capital allocation to the very industries that need to finance the biggest technological shifts towards net zero alignment, another blatant form of greenwashing.

    We will also show how the Scientific Beta’s Climate Impact Consistent (CIC) indices address these shortcomings through the choice of metrics and portfolio construction methodology that encourages decarbonisation of the real economy. In the construction of CIC indices, which are pure climate indices, issuer-level climate performance and decarbonisation, relative to the relevant sector, unambiguously determine a constituent’s weight and its variation over time. Capital allocation thus not only influences the terms on which issuers may enjoy access to capital but also sends them clear signals about the importance of decarbonising.

    In this webinar we present the principles of Net Zero-aligned investment frameworks, the bottom-up portfolio construction methodology that ensures consistency between the stock-level decisions and the overall climate impact goals, and the resulting financial and climate characteristics.

    Erik Christiansen, ESG & Low Carbon Solutions Specialist, Scientific Beta
    Eric Shirbini, Global Research and Investment Solutions Director, Scientific Beta

    Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor
  • Taking temperature, Part 2: Upcoming Climate Change Regulations Recorded: Jun 2 2021 60 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Qontigo
    Thanks to investor demand, institutional initiatives, and the Biden-Harris Administration, policymakers are increasingly focused on climate change regulation in the US. This webinar will discuss the status of climate-related policy developments by the SEC, Fed and CFTC, how investors may be impacted and how the proposed approaches compare with those in Europe. Expert panelists will provide a deep dive into the methodology and increased transparency needed to future proof climate indices in order to comply with the new developments.

    This webinar is a follow up from one hosted in February 2021: Taking temperature for 2021: Investment solutions for challenging climate change.


    Rodolphe Bocquet, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Qontigo
    Nina Chen, Director of Sustainability and Climate Initiatives, New York Department of Financial Services
    Stan Dupre, Founding Partner, 2° Investing Ventures
    Greg Hershman, Senior Specialist, U.S. Policy, PRI
    Viola Lutz, Deputy Head of Climate Solutions, ISS ESG
  • Climate Change: Can there ever be true net zero? Recorded: May 27 2021 59 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with V-Square Quantitative Management
    There has been a surge of net zero pledges and initiatives recently. This webinar will explore the scientific ground for net zero emissions, the levers to getting to net zero and how investors can align their portfolios to mitigate climate risks … and capture opportunities.

    Topics addressed:
    - Are net zero pledges aspirational or achievable?
    - How negative emissions could positively impact the economy?
    - Is it possible to be emissions negative and returns positive?

    Dr. C. Adam Schlosser, MIT
    Dr. Jennifer Morris, MIT
    Mamadou-Abou Sarr, President, V-Square Quantitative Management

    Moderator: Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor
  • Climate scenario analysis, TCFD-reporting, and Net-Zero Target Setting Recorded: May 26 2021 65 mins
    Responsible Company
    Companies are increasingly supporting the TCFD as a leading disclosure framework but reporting is merely the outcome of internal efforts to measure and manage climate-related risk. How should climate scenario analysis be implemented by companies and how can they act on the results? In this session, we will explore net-zero targets and what constitutes a strong target according to three dimensions: relevance, ambition, and confidence level.

    Lindsay Patrick, Head of Strategic Initiatives and ESG, RBC Capital Markets
    David Lunsford, Head of Climate Policy and Strategy at MSCI ESG Research
    Pete Sheffield, Chief Sustainability Officer, Enbridge

    Helen Wood-Gush, Senior ESG Consultant, Responsible Investor
  • Everything you need to know about portfolio greenwashing Recorded: May 12 2021 60 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Scientific Beta
    Talk of reducing the carbon intensity or even the “temperature” of an equity portfolio and it’s assumed this will really be part of the fight against climate change. You would expect a direct impact on the issuers of the stocks contained in the portfolio.

    But there is an inconsistency between investment decisions at the specific stock level and many climate or Paris-aligned investment strategies. This portfolio greenwashing can be both measured and avoided, and experts from Scientific Beta will show you how.

    -Noël Amenc, PhD, is Associate Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School (Singapore) and the founding Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Beta.
    -Erik Christiansen is an ESG and Low Carbon Investment Specialist with Scientific Beta. He was previously Head of Investment Strategy with the French pension scheme ERAFP.
    -Felix Goltz, PhD, is Research Director at Scientific Beta.

    -Daniel Brooskbank, Head of Strategic Content, Responsible Investor.
  • Responsible Company: New climate reporting and accounting requirements Recorded: Apr 22 2021 63 mins
    Responsible Company
    Accounting for climate change is changing: guidance from the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), direction from auditors and regulators, and demands from investors are changing the way that CO2 emissions should be looked at and presented in the company accounts.

    In this Responsible Company webinar, find out how this could impact the way companies think about climate in their CapEx, planning and strategy. And what it could mean for investors and markets as a result.


    Veronica Poole, Global IFRS and Corporate Reporting Leader, Deloitte

    David Pitt-Watson, Leader of the Climate Accounting Project, and Fellow, Cambridge University, Judge Business School

    Moderator: Hugh Wheelan, Co-Founder and Joint Managing Director, Responsible Investor
  • How can investors take action on biodiversity? Recorded: Apr 21 2021 61 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Credit Suisse
    This webinar will explore how and to what extent investors are addressing biodiversity, drawing on the findings of RI and Credit Suisse’s report Unearthing investor action on biodiversity (https://www.esg-data.com/product-page/unearthing-investor-action-on-biodiversity).

    Join our expert speaker line-up in discussing:

    - How are investors getting equipped to tackle biodiversity loss?

    - Climate change similarities and differences: To what extent can investors draw on their climate change efforts when deciding how best to address biodiversity?

    - What are some steps investors can take to analyse and integrate biodiversity into their strategies?

    - What is needed to boost investments supporting nature and wildlife?

    - How are initiatives such as TNFD seeking to catalyse change?


    Charlotte Kaiser, Managing Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy

    Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse

    Marte Borhaug, Global Head of Sustainable Outcomes, Aviva Investors

    Moderator: Elza Holmstedt Pell, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor
  • ESG analysis and benchmarking through an SDG lens Recorded: Apr 15 2021 61 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with RepRisk
    As investors progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ESG data remains a critical tool for achieving these goals. This webinar will explore how investors can use ESG data in their efforts to align with the goals. The webinar will explore how investors can analyse ESG data through the lens of international standards and frameworks, how risk-focused ESG data can strengthen investors’ efforts to align with the goals, and the importance of an outside-in perspective when assessing whether companies walk their talk when it comes to alignment with the SDGs.

    The webinar will answer questions including:
    - How can investors analyse ESG data through the lens of international standards and frameworks, including the UN SDGs
    - How can risk-focused ESG data strengthen investors’ efforts to align with the goals?
    - How can the UN SDG feature can help identify companies who reverse or hinder progress on any of the goals?
    - The importance of an an outside-in perspective when assessing whether companies walk their talk when it comes to alignment with the SDGs

    Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, RepRisk
    Luba Protopopova, Executive Vice President of Products and Strategy, RepRisk
    David Harris, Group Head of Sustainable Business, FTSE Russell

    Moderator: Daniel Brooksbank, Head of Strategic Content, Responsible Investor
  • Teach-in with Investors on Engagement- Q&A session Recorded: Apr 14 2021 45 mins
    Responsible Company
    Responsible Company launches - The Your Questions Answered! - webinar series.

    In this first Q&A session, our audience got their questions answered in a special 50 minute Q&A session with The Church of England Pensions Board, Robeco and Trium Capital, an ESG-focused hedge fund. This webinar accompanies a panel presentation session called - A Teach in with The Investor Community (https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/14001/462361).
  • Teach-in with Investors on Engagement- Q&A session Recorded: Apr 13 2021 46 mins
    Responsible Company
    Responsible Company launches - The Your Questions Answered! - webinar series.

    In this first Q&A session, our audience got their questions answered in a special 50 minute Q&A session with The Church of England Pensions Board, Robeco and Trium Capital, an ESG-focused hedge fund. This webinar accompanies a panel presentation session called - A Teach in with The Investor Community (https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/14001/462361).
  • RC:ESG Investor Insights series - A Teach-in with investors: Investor Engagement Recorded: Mar 17 2021 61 mins
    Responsible Company
    ESG Investor Insights series - A Teach-in with investors: Part 1 - Investor Engagement
    What do companies need to know?

    The increasing number of ESG risks to investors alongside legislative impetus for ESG integration into investment and the development of themed sustainability strategies and products, means investors now regularly require companies to comprehensively report their ESG risks, opportunities and performance, and then discuss those factors with them via ‘investor-corporate engagement’

    Investors say company ESG performance increasingly gives them insight into the quality of company management, the resilience of its products and processes, and its potential competitive advantage.

    But what does investor engagement shareholder activism and stewardship actually mean? What is the business case for doing so, and what outcomes are investors really seeking? How should companies respond?

    This teach-in will include an asset owner engagement case study, a review of a mainstream investment management shareholder campaign, and a hedge fund strategy.

    Dr Stephen Barrie, Deputy Director, Church of England Pensions Board
    Peter van der Werf, Team Lead Engagement, Active Ownership, Robeco
    Joe Mares, Portfolio Manager, Trium Capital

    Moderator: Helen Wood-Gush, Senior ESG Consultant, Responsible Company
  • The post-pandemic ESG investing landscape: opportunities, challenges, solutions Recorded: Mar 16 2021 61 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with Nasdaq
    ESG is reframing the financial markets within the post-pandemic investment landscape. 2021 is expected to be pivotal, after 330 new ESG funds were launched YoY in 3Q20 (source: Bloomberg). Momentum will be matched by increased scrutiny, setting higher disclosure requirements for corporate and investors.

    - How can investors build a sustainable portfolio in the post-pandemic financial environment, leveraging current opportunities while being considerate of long-term objectives and values?
    - What corporates should focus on in order to attract investors’ interest?
    - Which sectors, geographies and jurisdictions are better positioned for exciting investment opportunities?
    - How quickly and efficiently is the regulatory framework adapting to meet calls for data harmonisation?
    - What are the solutions available to investors and companies for meeting their sustainability standards and access to robust data sets?
    - What is the role of Artificial Intelligence in data analysis and mining?

    Diana van Maasdijk, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Equileap
    Niels Fibæk, CEO and co-founder, Matter
    Tomas Thyblad, VP Head of ESG Solutions, European Markets, Nasdaq

    Giada Vercelli, Director, Fitzroy Consultant
  • Central banks: driving climate standards, managing risk, and mobilizing capital Recorded: Mar 10 2021 61 mins
    Responsible Investor in partnership with MSCI
    The world’s biggest central banks are taking active steps towards driving real climate information and risk disclosure, and thinking through the incentives/disincentives in the monetary system for capital mobilisation to lower CO2 businesses, projects and investments. The Bank of England has confirmed its inaugural climate stress testing to take place in July 2021. The Bank of Canada is working on improving country-specific climate scenario modeling towards the end of 2021. And the green central banking group, the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) is amplifying its work across global jurisdictions. However, the challenges with disclosure, data and definitions remain, and there are calls for central banks to become more active by clearly focusing stimulus and allocating their own reserves towards the green transition.

    Responsible Investor, in partnership with MSCI, will explore the vital role of central banks in fighting the climate crisis by using their ability to standardise, regulate and mobilise capital in support of a sustainable net zero economy.

    Questions this webinar will ask include:

    - How is Central Bank climate risk activity so far impacting the activity of corporates and investors?
    - Will mandatory climate disclosure fill the data gap and enable central banks to get a comprehensive picture of climate change risk across the financial system? - What are the challenges here?
    - How could monetary and micro/macroprudential policies be used to support the transition to a net-zero economy?
    - Has the climate emergency convinced central banks to mobilise their own reserves for green investment/promotion?

    - Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
    - Chris Faint, Head of Division, Bank of England
    - David Lunsford, Head of Climate Policy and Strategy, MSCI

    - Vibeka Mair, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor
  • Responsible Company: ESG and Financial Instruments Recorded: Feb 17 2021 60 mins
    Responsible Company
    Case study on the new wave of sustainability-linked loans.

    Dear Company, the fruits of your hard labour to achieve high ESG ratings and indices may be rewarded. Companies who do well in ESG indices and ratings will have access to ESG-linked capital which may present more favourable terms.

    But how difficult is it to access this capital ?

    What hoops do companies need to jump through? What internal and external resource is needed?

    What is the process for reporting and assurance for green bonds, social bonds and sustainability linked loans?

    Heather Lang, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance Solutions, Sustainalytics

    Dr. Roland Mees, Director of Sustainable Finance, ING Bank

    Eugenia Onuschenko, Director, Corporate Finance, Polymetal International
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