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Climate Change: Can there ever be true net zero?

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?

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

Moderator: Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor
Recorded May 27 2021 59 mins
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    Moderator:
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    This webinar will present an investor view of decarbonisation of core infrastructure assets and the built economy; a company case study - “on the road to carbon neutrality” and the work of an industry collaboration partnership.

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    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.

    Speakers:
    Erik Christiansen, ESG & Low Carbon Solutions Specialist, Scientific Beta
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    Moderator:
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    Rodolphe Bocquet, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Qontigo
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    Greg Hershman, Senior Specialist, U.S. Policy, PRI
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    - How negative emissions could positively impact the economy?
    - Is it possible to be emissions negative and returns positive?

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

    Moderator: Daniel Brooksbank, Responsible Investor
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    Moderator:
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    - How are initiatives such as TNFD seeking to catalyse change?

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    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
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    - The importance of an an outside-in perspective when assessing whether companies walk their talk when it comes to alignment with the SDGs

    Speakers:
    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
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    Responsible Company
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    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).
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    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).
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    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.

    Speakers:
    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?

    Speakers:
    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

    Moderator:
    Giada Vercelli, Director, Fitzroy Consultant
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    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?

    Speakers:
    - 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

    Moderator:
    - Vibeka Mair, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor
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    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?

    Speakers:
    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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    Despite the pandemic, climate change remains on top of the investors’ agenda. The globe is heating up, stakeholders’ initiatives keep unfolding, regulators are stepping up. This webinar will focus on how investors can handle - and build on - this momentum to enhance their strategies and further help combat climate change in 2021. We will take a deep dive into how climate indices – with methodology developments in Physical Risk, Scenario and Scope 3 - enable investors to meet their return objectives whilst facilitating the shift towards a low-carbon economy.

    Specific topics will include:
    2021 outlook on legislative and investor initiatives
    Why climate tilted indices work
    Study results – comparing the risk/ return profile between standard vs. climate benchmarks

    Speakers
    Rodolphe Bocquet, Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Qontigo
    Melissa R. Brown, Managing Director, Applied Research, Qontigo
    Laurent Deborde, Head of Equity Portfolio Management & Fund Selection, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts
    Viola Lutz, Deputy Head of Climate Solutions, ISS ESG

    Moderator:
    Daniel Brooksbank, Head of Strategic Content, Responsible Investor
  • Responsible Company: Are the SDGs fit for purpose? Recorded: Jan 20 2021 57 mins
    Responsible Company
    Are the SDGs fit for purpose?

    The pandemic saw progress against the SDGs in five years reversed over 9 months. Are the present construction of the 17 SDGs and sub-goals sophisticated enough to manage interconnected ESG issues and severe global economic, environmental and social impact?

    Have the SDGs been a game-changer for responsible investment?

    How accessible is data related to the SDGs?

    Are companies aligning with the SDGs?

    For companies, what are the enablers, common barriers and potential solutions for SDG implementation?

    Is the SDG framework incentivising enough for the company and its value/supply chain to increase their work to effectively manage impacts and also create positive impacts?

    What is the current funding situation of the SDGs?

    Speakers:
    Niall O’Shea, Managing Director, Discern Sustainability Limited
    Robbie Miles, Portfolio Manager, Thematic and Sustainable Equities, Allianz Global Investors
    Eli Reisman, Associate Director of Product Management, Truvalue Labs, a Factset company

    Moderator: Helen Wood-Gush, Responsible Investor
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