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Scaling-up Sustainable Finance: The Role of Pension Trustees Part 2

“It is in the power of Trustees to change the World” – these strong words were said by Guy Opperman, MP the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, at the Association of Member Nominated Trustees conference on 31st October last year. But is the Financial Sector and Trustees themselves in agreement with this view? Considering the level of the collective assets under the management of Pension Funds, any changes to the Pension Trustees’ Duties are in a great deal of focus ….or are they?

On 22 of January, in Part 1 of this debate, we discussed changes to the regulations that oblige Pension Trustees to consider financially material ESG issues while assessing risk-adjusted returns. We heard a perspective of an independent Trustee (PTL) on the challenges of the implementation of this new regulation and a view of an Asset Manager. The FCA provided an insight on new duties for Independent Governance Committees, green washing, stewardship and other aspects. You are welcome to listen to the recording of this debate here https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/17363/380534


We follow up on this debate in a podcast on 12th February and consider how does the job of pension trustees change (if at all)?

Is the understanding of the fiduciary duty evolving?
What is the guidance of The Pension Regulator (TPR)?
What are the outcomes of research carried out with Pension Trustees (due to be published at the end of January 2020)
How are Asset Managers adjusting their service?
Can it create winners and losers in the Asset Management space?
How can Asset Managers work with Pension Schemes to deliver meaningful changes?

We will be discussing these and many more questions with our esteemed panel:

Stuart O’Brien – Partner, Finance & Investment – Sackers; & Chair of Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group
Joshua Kendall – Senior Analyst, ESG, – Insight Investment
Ben Nelmes - Head of Public Policy - UKSIF
Moderated by Dana Hanby – MD, ESG Nexus
Recorded Feb 12 2020 61 mins
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  • Black Finance Matters:​ Uncovering the dark side of the finance industry​ Recorded: Sep 1 2021 62 mins
    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
    A topical discussion on black finance. #blacklivesmatter

    Panelists include:

    DWIGHT HOPKINS is the Founding Director at the ESG Research Initiative at the University of Chicago. He founded and managed a 14-country not-for-profit startup network with representatives from Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Japan, India, England, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the USA.

    ADA JABARU is the Director at Nistad Financial Services, a consultancy that provides compliance solutions for financial institutions working with systems like Blackrock Aladdin, Charles River, Sentinel, Thinkfolio, Bloomberg Aim, etc. She holds an M.Sc. in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics and wrote a paper “the paradox of plenty” exploring the relationship between business and the community

    NICHOLAS BAILEY is a research fellow and Ph.D candidate at the Lloyd’s Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business at The University of Birmingham, UK. His research concerns responsible leadership development, diversity in leadership, leader performative and experiential learning. He is interested in how leadership is learned, distributed, and performed within social groups.

    EDITH WANGARE NJAGE is the CEO of Arielle for Africa, a social enterprise which aims to create 100,000 jobs in Africa through youth entrepreneurship, and is a Country Representative for Invicta Ventures, a social impact fund investing developing countries. She has mentored to 3,656 young creating over 50,000 jobs in 12 African countries.

    JOVAN SCOTT LEWIS is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is concerned with the articulations of racialized poverty, which examines racial capitalism, underdevelopment, and radical terms of repair. He is the author of "Scammer’s Yard: The Crime of Black Repair in Jamaica" and is the Founder of the Berkeley Black Geographies Project.
  • Meet the Research(er) - Dr Sarah Schiffling Recorded: Jun 30 2021 37 mins
    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
    Sarah Schiffling is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, and an International Research Fellow with the HUMLOG Institute in Helsinki, Finland.

    Sarah's research interests include pharmaceutical supply chains, disaster relief operations, and supply chain management in developing nations. Her current projects focus on vaccine supply chains, logistics in conflict areas, commercial-humanitarian interactions, and project management. She recently completed secondments with companies in Germany and Switzerland as part of an EU-funded Horizon2020 project.

    Sarah frequently delivers guest lectures, talks, and panel discussions on humanitarian logistics and pharmaceutical supply chains in the UK and abroad. Her recent publications include papers in the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Annals of Operations Research, and the International Journal of Production Research.

    Research in discussion:
    1. "The implications of complexity for humanitarian logistics: a complex adaptive systems perspective", see at: https://rdcu.be/b4vos
    2. "Coopetition in Temporary Contexts: Examining Swift Trust and Swift Distrust in Humanitarian Operations" (not yet online)

    Find Dr Schiffling on Twitter: @MissLogOps

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  • Meet the Research(er) - Dr Wayne Visser - Creating Integrated Value Recorded: Jun 23 2021 36 mins
    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
    Professor Wayne Visser, Chair in Sustainable Transformation at Antwerp Management School and Fellow and University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership believes the real challenge of sustainable development is to redesign our global economic and business systems to be inclusive, empowering and restorative. He discusses his recently published research "Creating Integrated Value: from Systems Thinking to Sustainable Transformation in Business and Society" and ideas for how to address today's many environmental and social challenges in this interview with Natalie Beinisch, Executive Director, Circular Economy Innovation Partnership (CEIP Africa).

    Paper in discussion:
    "Creating Integrated Value: from Systems Thinking to Sustainable Transformation in Business and Society"
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322987804_Creating_Integrated_Value_From_Systems_Thinking_to_Sustainable_Transformation_in_Business_and_Society_-_Inauguration_Lecture_of_the_Chair_in_Sustainable_Transformation

    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets is sharing this is a recorded interview as part of its Meet the Research(er) series that aims to make relevant research more accessible.

    Find Professor Wayne Visser on:
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/WayneVisser​
    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wayne.Visser...​
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waynevisser1/​
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/waynevisser/​

    If you are also interested:
    Documentary film - "Closing the Loop"
    http://www.closingtheloopfilm.com/​

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  • Extinction Governance: Understanding and Addressing the Extinction Crisis Recorded: Jun 16 2021 62 mins
    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
    The planet is experiencing a mass extinction event. Human and business activity are the root cause of species loss and habitat destruction. Ecosystem services, such as essential pollination of food crops through bees, estimated to be annually worth $33 trillion, put at risk due to the mass extinction crisis. As with any material financial risk, it requires risk management tools, disclosure, audit, accountability and monitoring.

    Any part of the financial system not incorporating biodiversity, species protection and extinction prevention into its risk management strategy, is failing to acknowledge the potential for financial losses.

    In this webinar we introduce extinction governance, a concept based on an inter- and multi-disciplinary effort drawing from the fields of financial accounting, ecology, conservation science, business finance, sustainability science and business governance.

    We propose a framework for acting on species extinction. A transformative and emancipatory framework: Appreciating the possibility of using business and its practices - like accounting, ESG and good governance - to overcome the destructive pathways that our current system of capital and industry have been locked into for centuries, and address risks for shareholders and stakeholders alike.

    During this webinar we aim to discuss:
    - The current mass extinction crisis: background, drivers and solutions
    - The cost of an inactive stance on extinction and biodiversity
    - Inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to address the current mass extinction
    - The role of corporate governance in addressing extinction risk

    Panel:
    Jill Atkins, Chair in Financial Management, University of Sheffield
    Mervyn King, Senior Counsel and former Judge, Supreme Court of South Africa
    Mxolisi Sibana, Senior Programme Advisor, WWF UK
    Martina Macpherson, President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets CIC

    Moderator:
    Christoph Biehl, Lecturer for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham
  • Meet the Research(er) - Professor Jill Atkins -Social & Environmental Reporting Recorded: Jun 9 2021 25 mins
    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
    Professor Jill Atkins, Chair in Financial Management, Sheffield University Management School discusses her research and recently published paper that explores the nature of private social and environmental reporting (SER). From interviews with UK institutional investors, her research shows that both investors and investees employ staged impression management as a means of creating and disseminating a myth of social and environmental accountability. Dr Chris Biehl, Lecturer in Responsible Business University of Birmingham interviews Professor Atkins to explore her research, findings and why it matters including her insights on what challenges lie ahead for the next generation in terms of shareholder engagement.

    Research in discussion:
    "Impression management, myth creation and fabrication in private social and environmental reporting: Insights from Erving Goffman"
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0361368213000020?via%3Dihub)

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  • Meet the Research(er) - Professor Mike Barnett - The Real Social Impact of CSR Recorded: Jun 2 2021 40 mins
    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
    Professor Mike Barnett, Professor of Management, Rutgers Business School discusses his extensive research on the social impact of CSR initiatives and the extent to which they are having any impact at all. His research explores the extent to which CSR initiatives are effective in reaching their intended goals and the importance of program design and monitoring. Dr Chris Biehl, Lecturer in Responsible Business University of Birmingham interviews Professor Barnett to explore his research and why it matters.

    Paper in discussion:
    "Beyond Good Intentions: Designing CSR Initiatives for Greater Social Impact"
    https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206319900539

    Find Professor Barnett on Twitter: https://twitter.com/profmikebarnett
    If you are interested:
    Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation
    https://www.business.rutgers.edu/ricsi

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    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets is sharing this is a recorded interview as part of its Meet the Research(er) series that aims to make relevant research more accessible.
  • New Rules for ESG Materiality and Sustainable Corporate Governance Recorded: May 12 2021 60 mins
    Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
    The practices adopted to identify and report on what ESG-related issues are material are changing and this is impacting investors. The way concepts such as double materiality and dynamic materiality are being implemented is developing and the outcome of the debates about the best approach has real implications for capital markets. Attention is also increasingly focused on the role and duties of directors and the governance structure required to effectively adopt these new requirements.

    This panel discussion shares insights on the approaches being adopted now and what to expect in the future in the UK, EU and US and why it matters to investors.

    The experts sharing their diverse perspectives are:

    DR DONATO CALACE is VP of Innovation and Accounts at Datamaran. He participated in the European Commission DG FISMA expert session on materiality and has been invited by ESMA to report to the Narrative Reporting Working Group (NRWG) on Datamaran’s innovative approach to materiality assessments. He is a member of the EFRAG Task Force on reporting of non-financial risks and opportunities.

    WOLFGANG KUHN is Director of Financial Sector Strategy at ShareAction with 20 years’ experience in fixed income markets. His most recent role was Head of Pan-European Fixed Income at Aberdeen Asset Management. Previously, he worked for UBS, Deutsche Asset Management and DG Bank.

    ANTIONIO FUERTES ZURITA acted as global head of reputation and sustainability of Naturgyand, leading the company to world-class results in sustainability indexes and ratings and supporting green bonds issuances. He has an active role at the Institute of Directors of Spain, a member institute of EcoDa.

    DR LAURA GIRELLA is Senior Technical and Research Manager at International Integrated Reporting Council. She is a member of the Stakeholder Reporting Committee (CRC) of the European Accounting Association and published many articles international academic journals, books and professional journals.
  • An SDG Framework for the Post-COVID19 Recovery: Implications for Investors Recorded: Jun 23 2020 61 mins
    Dr. Christoph Biehl | Dr. Tauni Lanier | Mr. Omoniyi Osoba | Ms. Mardi McBrien | Dr. Jorge Nunez
    The economic response to the Covid19 pandemic has seen the establishment of state aid
    programmes worldwide. Analysing the characteristics of the state aid programmes it becomes apparent that the vast majority relies solely on financial criteria, disregarding non-financial factors.

    But what about the time after Covid19 – the recovery? Internationally the concept of a ‘green
    recovery’ is starting to gain traction, inter alia driven by the EU commission’s promise for the
    recovery to be green.

    Analysing the current situation this webinar will discuss how the post-COVID19 recovery could be reimagined to address the public debate around a ‘green recovery’ and how ESG factors used in non-COVID19 state aid could work as a model.
  • Covid 19 – Implications for Managing Systemic ESG Risks and Opportunities Recorded: Apr 1 2020 62 mins
    Martina Macpherson, Moodys | Dr Christoph Biehl, University of Birmingham | Elisabetta Colombo, Vigeo Eiris | Ed Bryan
    Coronavirus fears have led to a ‘historic collapse’ in investor sentiment over March as panic leaves the global economy teetering on the brink of a recession.

    Investors have lumped into defensive stocks with cash seeing its fourth largest monthly increase. Meanwhile well placed macro stocks such as healthcare and utilities allocation rose immediately.

    Governments are likely to need to do more than the current $1.9tn spending committed to tackle the economic fallout from the current health crisis.


    These challenging times might also see opportunities for investment innovation mitigating and weathering this crisis. Dedicated SDG-aligned pandemic / disaster recovery bonds could provide a means for financing the gap, while providing alignment with SDG3 (“Health and Wellbeing”).

    In 2017 the World Bank issued a pandemic bond designed to help fund the response to any widespread outbreak of a number of diseases, including coronavirus. The World Bank is preparing a second iteration of the scheme, dubbed Pandemic Emergency Facility (PEF) 2.0, which the Bank said last year was to be marketed in May 2020. But are these the best investment vehicles to mitigate the crisis and build long term resilience? And how can we assess a broader alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals?



    During this webinar, we aim to discuss with investors, insurance and ESG experts across industry and academia the impact of the Covid 19 health crisis, and where and how product innovation can help closing financing gaps, while addressing systemic environmental and societal challenges such as:


    - Are Pandemic bonds truly a financing option?

    - How can Corona- or Pandemic Bonds and/or other financial instruments provide financing opportunities in this global health crisis – and alignment with the SDGs?

    - What’s driving investor and capital markets appetite – can public private partnerships help to achieve further SDG-alignment and address systemic ESG challenges?
  • AI for Greenwashing Detection Recorded: Mar 27 2020 61 mins
    Dr. Theodor Cojoianu | Dr. Michael Urban | Prof. Andreas Hoepner | Dr. Georgiana Ifrim
    The rise of fake news in the Internet age has shown that society has few defence mechanisms to cope with misinformation as well as limited abilities to regulate its attention towards inaccurate or sometimes outright false claims, no matter the topic of such content.

    Greenwashing is a broad umbrella term for different forms and practices of misleading communications of different organisations, in relation to their performance on environmental, as well as more broader SDG related indicators.

    The different forms of greenwashing include, but are not limited to: selective
    disclosure, symbolic management, deflection of public attention and the disconnect between claims of companies and their lobbying and investment activities. Greenwashing can range from slight exaggeration to full fabrication.

    The most direct impact of greenwashing is that it hampers the accurate measurement as well as meaningful progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Both the EU Commission and the Irish Government have called for sustainable finance policy that discourages greenwashing, but
    so far, there are no tools to detect the type and extent of greenwashing practices across different types of organisations and SDGs.

    This webinar aims to introduce how greenwashing can be conceptualized as well as how machine learning and AI technologies can help detect instances of greenwashing.

    Panelists:
    Pat Cox, Chairman of Sustainable Nation Ireland and Former President of
    EU Parliament.

    Prof. Andreas Hoepner & Dr. Georgiana Ifrim, University College Dublin.
    Dr. Michael Urban, University of Oxford.

    Dr. Theodor Cojoianu, University College Dublin
  • Measuring Impact: How ESG data & technology can enable real impact reporting Recorded: Mar 10 2020 35 mins
    Kiley Miller, Associate Portfolio Manager, Impact Portfolios, Envestnet Inc.
    Over the past decade, we’ve seen a proliferation in ESG data, and in 2020 we will see a deeper focus on impact measurement and reporting on sustainable portfolios. As interest in sustainable investing gains traction, one of the challenges investors face is identifying investment strategies that are meaningfully and systematically incorporating ESG considerations into the investment process. One crucial way to ascertain intentionality is through reporting on the impact outcomes of the investment. Reporting transparently on the environmental and social impact of an investment is a way to demonstrate positive outcomes versus investing in a broad market benchmark. ESG data can play a key role in reporting on impact.

    This webinar will teach you:
    - The state of play with ESG data
    - How ESG data can be incorporated into the investment process
    - How to use granular ESG data to communicate the impact of an investment
    - How to make it personal by aligning impact metrics with the personal convictions the investor

    Kiley Miller manages a suite of ESG focused portfolios for Envestnet PMC and is responsible for asset allocation, manager selection, research due diligence, and portfolio administration for these portfolios. Prior to joining PMC in 2019, Kiley was a senior client advisor at Sustainalytics, an ESG research, ratings, and analytics firm. Kiley holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. She is a CFA Level III Candidate.
  • Scaling-up Sustainable Finance: The Role of Pension Trustees Part 2 Recorded: Feb 12 2020 61 mins
    Dana Hanby, Stuart O'Brien, Joshua Kendall, Ben Nelmes
    “It is in the power of Trustees to change the World” – these strong words were said by Guy Opperman, MP the Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, at the Association of Member Nominated Trustees conference on 31st October last year. But is the Financial Sector and Trustees themselves in agreement with this view? Considering the level of the collective assets under the management of Pension Funds, any changes to the Pension Trustees’ Duties are in a great deal of focus ….or are they?

    On 22 of January, in Part 1 of this debate, we discussed changes to the regulations that oblige Pension Trustees to consider financially material ESG issues while assessing risk-adjusted returns. We heard a perspective of an independent Trustee (PTL) on the challenges of the implementation of this new regulation and a view of an Asset Manager. The FCA provided an insight on new duties for Independent Governance Committees, green washing, stewardship and other aspects. You are welcome to listen to the recording of this debate here https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/17363/380534


    We follow up on this debate in a podcast on 12th February and consider how does the job of pension trustees change (if at all)?

    Is the understanding of the fiduciary duty evolving?
    What is the guidance of The Pension Regulator (TPR)?
    What are the outcomes of research carried out with Pension Trustees (due to be published at the end of January 2020)
    How are Asset Managers adjusting their service?
    Can it create winners and losers in the Asset Management space?
    How can Asset Managers work with Pension Schemes to deliver meaningful changes?

    We will be discussing these and many more questions with our esteemed panel:

    Stuart O’Brien – Partner, Finance & Investment – Sackers; & Chair of Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group
    Joshua Kendall – Senior Analyst, ESG, – Insight Investment
    Ben Nelmes - Head of Public Policy - UKSIF
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – MD, ESG Nexus
  • Scaling-up Sustainable Finance: The Role of Pension Trustees Recorded: Jan 22 2020 61 mins
    Dana Hanby | Rebecca McKay | Michael Lewis | Alison Bostock | John Reynolds
    The Synthesis Report presented to G20 last December by Sustainable Finance Study Group has highlighted the role of regulatory oversight in Scaling up Sustainable Finance. Surveys carried out in the Financial Sector indicate that regulation is one of the key factors that motivates Financial Institutions to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues to their financial portfolios. Yet, with over 1500 separate pieces of recommendations and policies on the Climate Change alone, the speed of the implementation varies across the Sector and it’s not unusual to hear controversies.
    Considering the level of the collective assets under management of Pension Funds any changes to Pension Trustees Duties are in a great deal of focus ….or are they?
    Introduced on 1st October 2019 changes oblige Pension Trustees to consider financially material ESG issues while assessing risk-adjusted returns. Further changes are expected in 2020 and 2021.

    But are Trustees prepared to comply with this these changes to the regulations? How about Asset Managers? What might be the potential impact of the changes on the Sector? Is there a ’symmetry’ in the requirements for Pension Trustees and Asset Managers? What about pension schemes that are run by FCA regulated entities? What steps has the FCA taken in this space? Will the changes have any impact on the strategies of Asset Managers and indeed the wider investment industry?


    We will be debating these and other questions with our esteemed panel of speakers:


    Rebecca McKay - Partner – Trowers & Hamilns
    John Reynolds – Member-elected Trustee Director – FCA Pension Plan Trustee and Pension Technical Specialist –Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
    Alison Bostock – Director – PTL- Independent Trustees
    Michael Lewis - Managing Director, Head of Thematic Research – DWS (formerly known as Deutsche Asset Management)
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – MD, ESG Nexus
  • The Flip Side of ESG Risk: 3 Ways the Majors Create New Streams of Value Recorded: Dec 10 2019 59 mins
    Elsie Maio | William McDonough | Joan Lamm-Tennant | Peter Fusaro
    Corporate leaders and the investors who fuel their plans are navigating a steep learning curve together now. A cascade of unfamiliar ‘non-financial risk factors’ including ESG is upending longstanding models and morés of management and valuation alike.

    And it’s not likely to abate soon. Extreme disequilibrium in both the natural environment and the human and societal condition is pressing on operating outlooks as well as personal conscience for meaningful redress.

    Right now, the tools and collective will to do so are still coalescing. But a vibrant appetite for solutions is accelerating expansion and breakout leadership in areas where competencies are more mature and motivation to innovate more acute.

    Our panel will share their deep experience in shaping the movement itself and lessons for CEOs and investors learned in three arenas where system wellbeing and profitability are beginning to meet at scale: the marketplace of green investments; materials and customer experience innovation; legacy insurers and stabilizing local communities of small farmholders.


    Appearing in sequence before the full panel Q+A:

    Moderator: Elsie Maio, CEO Humanity, Inc/SoulBranding℠ Institute
    Peter Fusaro, Renewable Expert and Sr Advisor, AV Group/ Norwegian Private Equity Fund
    William McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation, TIME Hero for the Planet
    Joan Lamm-Tennant, CEO, BlueMarble Microinsurance
  • Climate Action and Responsible Banking – Implications for Capital Markets Recorded: Nov 21 2019 62 mins
    Carla Koffel | Callum Macpherson | Hasan Cerhozi | Carlotta Lucia Giacché | Hanna Värttö
    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. However, challenges remain, especially in the context of responsible capital markets solutions.

    During this 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

    Carla Koffel, COO and Board Member, NSFM
    Callum Macpherson, Head of Commodities, Investec
    Hasan Cerhozi, Product Manager- Climate Risk Assessment
    Vigeo-Eiris
    Carlotta Giacché, Corporate Lending Renewable Energy & Infrastructure and One Young World Coordinating Ambassador.
    Hanna Värttö, Practice Leader, Investments and Climate Change, SouthPole
  • The Flip Side of ESG Risk: 3 Ways the Majors Create New Streams of Value Recorded: Oct 29 2019 60 mins
    Elsie Maio | William McDonough | Joan Lamm-Tennant | Peter Fusaro
    Corporate leaders and the investors who fuel their plans are navigating a steep learning curve together now. A cascade of unfamiliar ‘non-financial risk factors’ including ESG is upending longstanding models and morés of management and valuation alike.

    And it’s not likely to abate soon. Extreme disequilibrium in both the natural environment and the human and societal condition is pressing on operating outlooks as well as personal conscience for meaningful redress.

    Right now, the tools and collective will to do so are still coalescing. But a vibrant appetite for solutions is accelerating expansion and breakout leadership in areas where competencies are more mature and motivation to innovate more acute.

    Our panel will share their deep experience in shaping the movement itself and lessons for CEOs and investors learned in three arenas where system wellbeing and profitability are beginning to meet at scale: the marketplace of green investments; materials and customer experience innovation; legacy insurers and stabilizing local communities of small farmholders.


    Appearing in sequence before the full panel Q+A:

    Moderator: Elsie Maio, CEO Humanity, Inc/SoulBranding℠ Institute
    Peter Fusaro, Renewable Expert and Sr Advisor, AV Group/ Norwegian Private Equity Fund
    William McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation, TIME Hero for the Planet
    Joan Lamm-Tennant, CEO, BlueMarble Microinsurance
  • 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.
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