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  • Climate Action and Responsible Banking – Implications for Capital Markets Sep 26 2019 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Martina Macpherson, President, NSFMNexGen
    Climate change is affecting every city, municipality and country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.

    Affordable, scalable capital markets solutions are required to enable companies and countries to contribute to cleaner, more resilient economies. The pace of change is already happening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts. Climate change, however, is a global challenge that does not respect national borders and affects the entire investment and capital markets value chain. It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated via a multi-stakeholder and intergenerational approach at the international level to help economies at scale to transition towards a low-carbon and just economy.

    To strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris, which went into force in November of 2016. However, challenges remain, especially in the context of responsible capital markets solutions.

    During this SDG 13 webinar, we aim to discuss with bankers, UN representatives and other experts how:

    •New capital markets and commodity solutions are required to finance renewable energy at scale
    •Responsible banking can provide the basis for multi-stakeholder engagement
    •Intergenerational involvement is necessary to move climate action from “Fridays for the Future” to financial markets decision making
  • Responsible Production and Consumption – Financing Sustainable Fashion Recorded: Aug 29 2019 73 mins
    Ryan Ross, Martina Macpherson, Kate Larsen, Hendrick Alpen, Edward Bryan, Martin Buttle
    The fashion industry is a US$2.4 trillion-dollar industry that employs approximately 60 million people worldwide. However, an ever faster growing global production and consumption value chain has led to multiple significant ESG issues, from labor controversies, to waste production, water stress and carbon emissions.

    At one end is the issue around sourcing: a seemingly endless supply of cotton, and synthetic and other materials is needed to fuel the industry. But such a tremendous amount of waste can be re-used with new textile recycling techniques being developed. Still, these techniques are not available for all materials yet. This is a huge opportunity, which will need funding.

    Another issue is clothing use. "Fast Fashion" has driven us to purchase more clothing, use it less, and dispose of it more. The average American throws away around 80 pounds per year, according to the EPA and in the UK every household spends an average of £1263.60 per year on clothing.

    Throwing away clothing isn’t sustainable for our wallets, nor for our world. In the UK alone, as of 2014, 350,000 tons of clothing is sent to a landfill every year. It adds around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

    To keep ourselves clothed in a sustainable way, the supply chain of this industry must be re-shaped. This webinar will bring together the leading minds from the corporate and investment world to discuss how to get people involved in expanding their clothes' life cycle, how companies can source their materials in sustainable ways, and the role investors should play in mandating for better practices in the industry.

    Panelists:
    Martina Macpherson, President, NSFM
    Kate Larsen, Supply Exchange
    Edward Bryan, Alliance Bernstein
    Martin Buttle, Ethical Trading Initiative
    Hendrick Alpen, H&M
  • ESG meets alternatives - financing and building sustainable and renewable cities Recorded: Jun 27 2019 64 mins
    Raffaele della Croce| Paolo Taticchi| Paul Clements-Hunt | Frederike Hanisch | Martina Macpherson
    Sustainable and Renewable communities have become a key component of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 (SDG Goal 11).

    This development comes with no surprise - the UN estimates that by 2050, c.70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This means new opportunities for governments, communities and businesses alike, especially when it comes to smart technologies. However, at the same time, we are facing enormous infrastructure challenges.

    The OECD and World Bank estimate that USD 6.9 trillion investment a year is required up to 2030 to meet climate and development objectives but current spending on infrastructure is only around USD 3.4-4.4 trillion. Governments have a large role to play in filling this gap, but they are often fiscally constrained and overwhelmed by societal challenges such as ageing populations, health and education.

    Institutional investors already invest in infrastructure projects, with USD 2.5 trillion currently privately invested. However, investment canals, private-public partnerships and investments at scale and alignment with the SDGs to meet longevity and sustainability needs, especially from sustainable and smart cities projects, remain a key challenge.

    We are bringing experts together across markets, segments and asset classes:

    · to discuss the challenges and opportunities linked to sustainable and smart city projects

    · to evaluate how building and financing sustainable and smart cities requires stakeholder engagement and new partnerships between governments, communities, businesses, investors, capital markets and society at large

    · to promote a vision for “Universal Infrastructure Coverage” and SDG alignment*


    Speakers:
    Martina Macpherson, NSFMNexgen
    Raffaele della Croce, OECD
    Callum Macpherson, Investec
    Paolo Taticchi, Imperial
    Paul Clements-Hunt, FinElpi Partners
    Oshani Perera, IISD


    *Source: FenElpi Partners, Infrastructure Investment Frontiers (IIF), Whitepaper, 2019
  • Natural Capital, Species Extinction & Sustainable Finance - The Impact of SDGs Recorded: May 30 2019 73 mins
    Martina Macpherson | Jill Atkins | Mark Gogh| Andrew Jones | Mardi McBrien | Gemma James | Paul DeOrnellas
    The world is currently experiencing a sixth period of mass extinction with extinction of flora and fauna being caused by a variety of factors arising from industrial activity and increasing human populations, including global warming, climate change, habitat loss, pollution and use of pesticides.

    Most extinctions are linked to industrial and business activity either directly or indirectly. From insects to mammals, trees to flowers, species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate.

    The corporate world and society rely entirely on the healthy functioning of the ecosystem surrounding us. Each and every species has a unique place in our ecosystem and through the interconnectedness of all life on earth, every extinction diminishes and weakens these relationships.

    During this webinar on SDG 15 (Life on Land) we aim to:
    - find out more from leading academics and industry experts about the species extinction crisis
    - better understand risk management and accounting frameworks for natural capital preservation
    - identify suitable capital markets and investment products to address the issue.

    We now have a fantastic range of speakers:
    - Jill Atkins, Chair in Financial Management, University of Sheffield
    - Mark Gough, CEO, Natural Capital Coalition
    - Gemma James, Head of Environmental Issues, Principles for Responsible Investment
    - Mardi McBrien, Managing Director, CDSB
    - Andrew Jones, Senior Consultant, Corporate Reporting, Mazars, and Head of Investor Engagement, IIRC
    - Paul De Ornellas, Chief Adviser – Wildlife, WWF UK
  • Investing in Sustainable Growth, Innovation and Green Jobs Recorded: Apr 23 2019 64 mins
    Andreas Hoepner | Sean Kindney | Elena Philipova | Martina Macpherson | Theodor Cojoianu
    Are you a seasoned professional wondering how EU sustainable finance regulation is likely to impact the investment and business sectors, a student or an early career professional thinking about securing current or upcoming green job opportunities, a policy-maker or a global citizen concerned about achieving long term sustainable growth and development goals in line with SDG 8 - then this webinar is the right choice for you.
    One of the most prominent legislative efforts recently towards shaping opportunities towards a prosperous, inclusive and low carbon world is the European Commission’s Action Plan for Sustainable Finance. Sustainable Finance is the key cornerstone in the business side of climate change mitigation, as two of the best strategies to change corporations are 1) 'creating incentives for the 'financing of green activities' and 2) 'de-funding' those companies which insist to extract, process and/or burn fossil fuels against the evidence that by doing so exacerbates the dangerous effects of climate change . But, creating the right framework for Sustainable Finance to flourish is complicated and that's why the EC first called a High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) and now a Technical Expert Group (TEG) to support its work.

    The impact of such legislative efforts is expected to be profound across both the business and investment space, as both a risk to unsustainable business practices and an opportunity for those who innovate towards the achievement of sustainable innovation and growth.

    Panel:
    Prof. Andreas Hoepner, Full Professor of Operational Risk, Banking and Finance, University College Dublin and EU TEG Member.
    Sean Kindney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative and EU HLEG and TEG Member.
    Elena Philipova, Global Head of ESG, Refinitiv and EU TEG Member.
    Martina Macpherson, President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets.
    Moderated by Theodor Cojoianu, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College Dublin & Academic-in-Residence, Sustainable Nation Ireland.
  • BrightTALK ESG Podcast: Martina Macpherson Recorded: Apr 17 2019 59 mins
    Ryan Ross | Martina Macpherson
    The goal of this podcast series is to introduce to investors what the long-term benefits are derived by investing in ESG-related initiatives.

    This episode features Martina Macpherson.



    We discuss:
    The Importance of SDGs
    How to create Frameworks
    How to measure ESG impact
    Why Stewardship is a critical element of implementing ESG measures at companies.

    Much more!
  • ESG on BrightTALK: The Podcast Recorded: Apr 16 2019 55 mins
    Ryan Ross | Ben Yeoh
    The goal of this podcast series is to introduce to investors what the long-term benefits are derived by investing in ESG-related initiatives.

    This episode features Ben Yeoh, a Senior Portfolio Manager of Global Equities, and a playwright.

    We discuss:
    3:00: being integrated in your thinking.
    3:35: what integrated means.
    7:38: Ways to title ESG:
    33:17 - how institutional investors should consider ESG.

    Much more!
  • SDG #5: Gender Equality in 2018: The Impact on Investments Recorded: Mar 20 2019 64 mins
    Martina MacPherson, NSFM | Patsy Doerr, Thomson Reuters | Meggin Thwig-Eastman | Richard Lacaille, SSGA | Robert Walker, SSGA
    SDG #5: Gender Equality in 2018: The Impact on Investments

    BrightTalk’s “SDG Webinar Series 2019” in partnership with #NSFMNextGen provides environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, insights and best practices from leading experts in industry and academia - across markets, asset classes, and the entire investment value chain.

    The 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a leading framework for sustainability issues, serve as our roadmap to identify, classify, measure and benchmark key issues. The SDG #5 webinar kick starts the series, and provides insights on diversity, female empowerment and inclusion strategies and tactics.

    Our expert speakers are leading researchers, corporate executives and product experts who will share their top down / bottom up perspectives on how diversity risks and opportunities can be identified, evaluated and benchmarked – at a corporate and at a portfolio level.

    Speakers from MSCI and Thomson Reuters will provide unique insights into how their analysis as well as best inclusion practices have changed the role of females both in the workforce and as investment decision makers. Meanwhile, SSGA will share research and product insights and share a “tone from the top” view on how the #FearlessGirl campaign has influenced companies across the globe to increase the gender diversity on their boards.
  • ESG on BrightTALK: The Podcast Recorded: Mar 14 2019 55 mins
    Ryan Ross | Ben Yeoh
    The goal of this podcast series is to introduce to investors what the long-term benefits are derived by investing in ESG-related initiatives.

    This episode features Ben Yeoh, a Senior Portfolio Manager of Global Equities, and a playwright.

    We discuss:
    3:00: being integrated in your thinking.
    3:35: what integrated means.
    7:38: Ways to title ESG:
    33:17 - how institutional investors should consider ESG.

    Much more!
  • BrightTALK ESG Podcast: Martina Macpherson Recorded: Mar 11 2019 60 mins
    Ryan Ross | Martina Macpherson
    The goal of this podcast series is to introduce to investors what the long-term benefits are derived by investing in ESG-related initiatives.

    This episode features Martina Macpherson.



    We discuss:
    The Importance of SDGs
    How to create Frameworks
    How to measure ESG impact
    Why Stewardship is a critical element of implementing ESG measures at companies.

    Much more!
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