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Towards the SDGs: Purchasing Practises for ESG and SDGs: A Primer for Investors

Towards the SDGs: The importance of Innovation in Purchasing Practises
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  • [WEBCAM PANEL] Outlook for Emerging Markets - Q3 Outlook Summit 2020 Jul 9 2020 3:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    As major economies deal with trade and currency issues, how will this affect their smaller trading partners? This webinar will discuss the implications of these issues on emerging markets.
  • Towards the SDGs: The Importance of Collaboration Jun 25 2020 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Kate Larsen, SupplyESChange
    Towards the SDGs: The Importance of Collaboration
  • Towards the SDGs: Purchasing Practises for ESG and SDGs: A Primer for Investors May 20 2020 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Kate Larsen, SupplyESChange
    Towards the SDGs: The importance of Innovation in Purchasing Practises
  • Towards the SDGs: Robust ES Data from Better Supply Chains Monitoring Apr 22 2020 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Kate Larsen, SupplyESChange
    Towards the SDGs: Robust ES Data from Better Supply Chains Monitoring
  • Towards the SDGs: Possible Aspects of Future Regulations Mar 25 2020 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Kate Larsen, SupplyESChange
    Towards the SDGs: Possible Aspects of Future Regulations
  • How to Talk to Clients About Sustainable Investing Mar 11 2020 6:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Samuel Adams, CEO & Co-Founder, Vert Asset Management
    See how the best advisors communicate with clients about sustainable investing. Sam will share examples of the essential foundations of a communications toolkit. Advisors will learn compelling ways to articulate:

    - Their personal Sustainability Story
    - Their Sustainable Investment Philosophy
    - The Sustainable Investing Spectrum: ESG, SRI, and Impact

    Sam is the CEO and co-founder of Vert Asset Management. Sam leads the development of new products and tools to make sustainable investing easier for financial advisors. He has been a featured speaker on sustainable investing at financial advisor conferences in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia.

    Prior to launching Vert, Sam spent almost 20 years working at Dimensional Fund Advisors. He started Dimensional’s European Financial Advisor Services business and led the development and launch of their Global Sustainability Core Fund.
    Sam has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Davis. Sam lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife and three children.
  • [Webcam Panel] Goal-Based Impact: Investing in the SDGs Mar 11 2020 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Sean Fisher, Pennine Wealth Solutions | Elgin Chau, Act Analytics | Christopher McLean, Stonechair Capital
    The 2020s are being called the "Decade of Action" by the United Nations, who outlined the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. There have been uplifting developments in achieving these goals, driven by individuals and institutions alike.
    Yet there is still work to be done, and goals-based investments provide solid ways to achieve the goals.
    This webinar will explore:
    - Promising projects investors are seeing in the market
    - Updated metrics being used to measure success
    - Risks to consider when identifying appropriate investments
    + more!

    Sean Fisher, Business Development Manager, Pennine Wealth Solutions
    Senior Rep, UBS Asset Management
    Elgin Chau, Head of ESG Ratings, Act Analytics

    Moderator: Christopher McLean, CEO, Stonechair Capital
  • The Impact of Math Mar 11 2020 11:00 am UTC 60 mins
    Bonnie-Lyn de Bartok, Founder & CEO of The S Factor Co., a MacCormick Inc. company.
    Bonnie Lyn recently presented a TEDx Talk at the Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Toronto where she discussed The Impact of Math.

    Her firm, The S Factor Co., supplies data and market insight on the Social Factors™ for ESG and Impact Investing; an area Ms. de Bartok has specialized in for over two decades around the globe.

    The presentation is a deep dive into the Social Factors™ or the “S in ESG™” and its power of influence and performance in the realm of ESG considerations.

    Key take a way’s for participants:

    • The Information Gap
    • Unstructured Data Sources
    • Standardization
    • Materiality
    • Regulation
    • Value Recognition
    • Integration
    • Quantitative Modelling
    • Market signals

    Bonnie-Lyn de Bartok, BA, MCBA

    Bonnie-Lyn is the Founder and CEO of The S Factor Co., a MacCormick Inc. company. She brings over two decades of Social Impact, International Business, Finance and Technology background to the leadership of MacCormick Inc. and The S Factor Co.

    Bonnie Lyn has won several entrepreneurial and technology awards, led the creation of both firms, expanding globally and has worked across 57 countries, and has led the creation of several proprietary products including the MSPI™ and the S Factor™ Solutions.

    Her company has developed and is bringing to market, a proprietary algorithm and index that measures corporate social impact against, international standards, public sentiment and financial performance. She is a widely acknowledged expert and much sought after speaker on social impact and risk issues.

    A graduate from Saint Mary’s University, in International Development Studies (Development Economics) and International Politics, Marketing, Finance and Micro-computer Technology.
  • The investor growing expectation for impact metrics Mar 10 2020 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Pierrick Arnault, Product Manager and Sustainable Finance Expert | Grégoire Hug is Co-Founder and Head of Product, WeeFin
    WeeFin is a hybrid advisory firm whose purpose is to build the finance of tomorrow: transparent and collaborative. In a financial world seeking for meaning, WeeFin supports financial institutions in the execution of their transformation toward new sustainable business models, by leveraging the most recent technologies (big data, machine learning, ...)

    By studying sustainability impact metrics from both the consumer side and producer side, WeeFin shows that investors are desperately seeking for impact metrics that do not exist yet.
    Pierrick Arnault and Grégoire Hug will share their insights based on the most recent studies WeeFin research team have conducted.
    The first one reviewed the investment practices of major French institutions using the information available in climate reports related to the French climate disclosure law -so-called "Article 173". The second study is a review of ESG metrics provided by more than 20 extra-financial data providers, market leaders as well as market challengers. Based on these experiences, they will provide their recommendations to investors willing to go forward.

    Pierrick Arnault is Product Manager and Sustainable Finance Expert at WeeFin.
    Grégoire Hug is Co-Founder and Head of Product at WeeFin.
  • Sustainability metrics that drive impact – not the why and what - but the how Mar 10 2020 2:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Ian Huggard, CFA - Founder & CEO - Etoile Advisory
    This webinar is focused on “how” to integrate sustainability in strategy, processes and communication, as the “why and what” is well understood. The goal is to demystify the so-called alphabet soup of frameworks and acronyms, showing how each can be used in a co-ordinated fashion. This will allow the organisation and stakeholders understand the material topics, actions and metrics that drive impact.

    - Understand the context
    -- View society’s goals through the lens of the UN SDGs
    -- Understand inputs using the IIRC 6 Capitals
    -- Sustainability value drivers
    -- GRI framework to define issues

    - Identifying and engage with stakeholders
    -- Include stakeholders
    -- Documented and robust process

    - Defining material topics and impacts
    -- Peer and media review
    -- SASB Materiality Map
    -- Stakeholder engagement

    - Establish baseline, targets and timelines using TCFD approach for major topics
    -- Governance
    -- Strategy
    -- Rick management
    -- Metrics and targets
    -- Scenario analysis

    - Implement action plans as part of integrated strategy
    -- Governance structure
    -- Executive responsibility
    -- Compensation linked to non-financial factor performance
    -- The learning organisation

    - Measurement and validation
    -- The need for transparency using the GRI Content Index
    -- Validation with a recognised assurer
    -- Assess management approach

    - Report and communicate
    -- Relate outcomes to the SDGs and IIRC 6 Capitals
    -- Tie performance to long term financials

    Ian Huggard is a senior business development and investor relations specialist with 30 years’ experience in Capital Markets. A trusted advisor to institutional investors and company management teams on issues relating to sustainability, strategy and financial analysis. After spending 15 years in the US and 15 years in Europe building successful businesses and leading high-performance teams within Investment Banks, he established Etoile Advisory in 2019.
  • Engineering performance through analytics and behavioural science Mar 10 2020 1:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Magdalena Smith, Founder, Behaviour Lab
    A great decision-making process provides a clear competitive edge and enables learning that drives sustained performance, yet most fund managers still pay insufficient attention to this critical source of alpha. So how can investors capture this opportunity?

    Join Magdalena Smith, founder of Behaviour Lab, in discussions on how analytics and behavioural science is being used to improve investment decisions to;

    · Identify where there is value left on the table as a result of subjective decision-making

    · Enable systemised and transparent decision-making processes

    · Ensure sustained changes to behaviour, leading to improved annualised performance, typically in the range of 125-200bps

    The team at Behaviour Lab of expert investors, data scientists, change management consultants and academics have helped, and continue to help, organisations worldwide and across the investment industry to become recognised leading players in their fields. They do so by reshaping the way individual investors, teams and organisations make decisions and facilitating them in maintaining this change.
  • ESG Risk & Reporting for Alternative Investments & EU Institutional Investors Mar 10 2020 11:00 am UTC 45 mins
    Jegor Tokarevich, CEO, SOF (Substance Over Form Ltd.)

    - Various ESG regulations and guidelines are currently under development on different EU and national levels
    - On the EU level “the big 4” is under development including the EU taxonomy, the benchmarking regulation, the disclosure regulation and the Green Bond Standards
    - EU supervisors (EIOPA, EBA, ESMA) are developing ESG guidelines for insurers, pension funds, banks and asset managers on the EU level
    - National supervisors (e.g. BaFin in Germany, PRA in UK) are also developing guidelines for the national undertakings
    - All regulations have in common that they distinguish between ESG-related financial risks (loss in market value of an asset) and the (positive / negative) impact on the environment and society
    - ESG risk management will become an obligatory requirement for all asset classes and will be part of the regular investment and risk processes for all asset owners and asset managers
    - Illiquid asset classes are very different from liquid asset classes due to the lack of data
    - Therefore, ESG risk management approaches have to be implemented that take into account the lack of publicly available data for alternative investments
    - This can be done through an ESG input management process where GP’s and portfolio companies deliver the relevant ESG data on a regular basis
    - LP’s can use such ESG data for the standardised ESG risk reporting enabling them to compare different GP’s and asset classes in terms of the ESG risk and fulfil their regulatory requirements
    - Concrete case studies will be discussed

    CV Jegor Tokarevich

    - CEO of SOF, a risk and reporting service provider focused on risk management and reporting for alternative investment and alternative investments
    - Head & Initiator of professional development programmes (CAS AI / DAS AI) for alternative investments at the University of Oldenburg
    - Co-Head of the BAI Working Group on Investor Regulations
    - Member of the FinDatEx Working Group developing Solvency II reporting templates
    Lydia Sandner, ISS ESG | Hernando Cortina, ISS ESG | Fredrik Fogde, ISS ESG

    Manage Risks and Seize Opportunities Associated with the Low-Carbon Transition

    On September 30, 2019, the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance released a landmark report that laid out the requirements for two new climate benchmarks: the ‘EU Climate Transition Benchmark’ and the ‘EU Paris-aligned Benchmark’.

    As many investors are still struggling to understand and determine how and to what extent they have to act and respond to the evolving requirements, ISS ESG would like to invite you to an informative webinar that addresses the current state of play.

    Moderator: Janina Lichnofsky, Head of Client Success Germanic Markets, ISS ESG


    · Lydia Sandner, Regulatory Affairs Manager, ISS ESG

    · Hernando Cortina, Head of Index Strategy, ISS ESG

    · Fredrik Fogde, Head of Climate Research, ISS ESG
  • Nikko Asset Management Global Credit Outlook 2020 Feb 27 2020 11:00 am UTC 16 mins
    Holger Mertens, Head Portfolio Manager – Global Credit
    Holger Mertens, Nikko AM Head Portfolio Manager, shares his Global Credit Outlook for 2020. With valuations near historic highs, trade wars simmering in the background and central banks returning to the markets, Mertens shares how his team has positioned their portfolio for 2020. In addition to a strategic allocation to Asian Credit and an overweight to non-cyclical corporates, there are several areas of opportunity identified by Nikko AM’s Global Credit team.
  • Towards the SDGs: The Growing Trend Toward Regulation Feb 26 2020 4:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Kate Larsen, SupplyESChange
    Towards the SDGs: The Growing Trend Toward Regulation
  • Founders Spotlight: Marc Randolph, Founder & first CEO of Netflix Recorded: Feb 6 2020 67 mins
    Marc Randolph, Founder & First CEO, Netflix | Ryan Ross
    In the late 1990s, the internet was just emerging as the place to sell things, the video rental market was a $3 Billion dollar market, and the DVD was only used by fringe film enthusiasts. In this environment, Marc Randolph, supplied with startup funding from friends (including Reed Hastings) & family, began building Netflix the company that exploited the convergence of these forces and has become a driving force in our cultural lexicon.

    In this interview, Ryan Ross will interview Marc Randolph about starting & growing a lasting company, from inception to IPO.

    How to recruit for something that doesn't exist yet
    The difference & similarity between starting a company in 2000 and 2020
    Marketing concepts consumers don't understand
    The right way to brainstorm ideas
    How to figure out where the puck is going
    How to deal with the emotional burden of responsibility
    How to look at failure productively
    When to cede power to people with other skill sets
    Identifying the important metrics to focus on - even if they are vanity metrics.

    Link to "That Will Never Work": https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QRVWBX2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
  • Investing in Bangladesh: from private to public equities Recorded: Jan 24 2020 61 mins
    Mohammed Jahir Miah, MIoD
    Bangladesh, a country with 160+ million population and $300 billion GDP, is growing more than 8%, which is one of the highest growth in Asia. Although agriculture growth has slowed, but the country has witnessed tremendous growth in manufacturing and services in the fiscal year FY 2019. Domestic consumption continued to remain strong and the country has shown superior level of resilience amid global economic slowdown. The impending completion of large infrastructure projects could help sustain this growth, which would enable the country to become one of the most stable high growth countries in the World. However, financial sector vulnerability due to increasing non-performing loans is a serious concern. Other major risks like political uncertainties have subsided as the present government is consolidating its position in it's third consecutive terms.

    This webinar will discuss how Bangladesh has been positioned as one of the most attractive destinations for investment. What the major prospects of doing business here are, and what the opportunities of investment in private and public equities are. The webinar will also discuss about the challenges of investments in both type of equities.
  • Global Green Fixed Income Strategies for 2020 Recorded: Jan 23 2020 63 mins
    Paul Ellis, Alessia Falsarone, Patrick Drum, Eric Glass
    On January 8, 2020 Bloomberg LP reported global issuance of green bonds and loans, as well as other types of sustainable debt, totaled $465 billion in 2019, up 78% from $261 billion in 2018, according to data compiled by BloombergNEF. The outstanding global volume of sustainable debt now exceeds $1 trillion.

    Green bonds, where the proceeds are used for environmentally-friendly projects, made up the majority of the issuance last year, totaling $271 billion, the data show. Sustainability-linked loans, which often have interest rates linked to a borrower’s performance on environmental, social or governance issues, were the fastest-growing sub-sector.

    Join our panel of experts for a discussion about the expanding global supply of sustainable debt across the corporate, municipal and and sovereign markets into 2020 and beyond.

    Alessia Falsarone, SASB FSA, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Investing at PineBridge Investments
    Patrick Drum, Saturna Capital: Portfolio Manager of the Saturna Sustainable Bond Fund & Amana Participation Fund
    Eric Glass, CFA, Portfolio Manager - Fixed Income Impact Strategies

    Moderated by: Paul Ellis, Sustainable Finance Consultant, Founder of The Sustainable Finance Podcast
  • Q1 Outlook 2020 - Investment Management Tech to Watch Recorded: Jan 23 2020 38 mins
    Allan Lane, Algo-Chain | Leyla Imanirad, Bristol Gate
    What is in store for Fintech in 2020? We've seen both massive investment in fintech companies, and impressive advancements in the value propositions these fintechs are creating. But have the best ideas been absorbed into the market already, or are there still ways for fintechs to create value?

    This webinar will bring together industry leaders to discuss:

    - What is the size of the Fintech Market, and what are the prospects going into 2020?
    - How much market penetration have Fintechs achieved?
    - Are asset managers using the tools effectively?
    - How can asset managers work with Fintechs to create more value for the industry?

    Allan Lane, AlgoChain
    Leyla Imanirad, Bristol Gate Capital Partners Inc.
  • 2020 Trends in Emerging Market Fintech: A Venture Capital Perspective Recorded: Jan 23 2020 30 mins
    Alexander Piskunov, Partner, Ruvento Ventures
    This will discuss the two major trends increasingly relevant for the development of Fintech ecosystems across developing countries from the perspective of a Venture Capital Partner.

    In this webinar, Alexander Piskunov, a partner of a San-Francisco based VC fund Ruvento Ventures, will explore:
    - The potential of Digital Banking to innovate the stale customer experience in metropolitan regions and reach the previously unbanked population of rural regions in underdeveloped economies. An example of this is DoPay — a British cloud-based Fintech startup offering payroll services to the populations of India, Africa, and Asia.

    - The benefits of Cryptocurrencies as a more stable alternative to currencies, especially in countries with unsophisticated financial regulations. An example of this will be Ripio — a startup helping the Latin American merchants to process international transactions.

    - Why the accurate identification of customer niche, regulatory compliance, and a customer-centric approach to solution development are crucial for the long-term success of a Fintech startup.

    - How a fintech startup founder can identify the smartest money, outlining the cases of Y-Combinator, Fintech Innovation Lab, and Plug-and-Play as early-stage acceleration options.

    This webinar will be interesting for venture capital firms across the US and Europe who are interested in expanding their portfolio to encompass Fintech from the developing countries in Latin America, Africa, and South-East Asia.

    Alexander Piskunov is a partner of a San-Francisco based VC fund Ruvento Ventures (http://www.ruvento.com), specialising on AI, robotics and mobility investments and being responsible for portfolio development and fundraising from corporations. Previously, Alexander has studied finance at Cambridge, worked in tech-focused IB and cross-border PE funds in Europe and Russia

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