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Towards Green & Sustainable Economies: Sustainable Finance Policy in APAC

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) invite you to a webinar to learn about and discuss the latest developments of regional sustainable finance policy frameworks in APAC region, with a focus on Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia and Japan.

This webinar is intended for investors, regulators, policymakers and industry stakeholders interested to learn about strategies to build comprehensive sustainable finance policy frameworks supporting greener and more sustainable economies.

Attendees will hear about Sustainable Finance strategies in Hong Kong and Malaysia from the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC) and Securities Commission Malaysia respectively; revisions to the Japan Stewardship Code from representatives of the Financial Services Agency; and HKEX will to share on their ESG Guide Consultation Conclusions and ESG/Listing Rules amendments.

The PRI’s Director of Policy & Research will also provide updates on the PRI’s Global Policy Programme and global policy developments including the EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan and UK policy updates.

As markets around the world are facing unprecedented economic challenges due to the coronavirus crisis, many governments are focusing their financial support to the economy on green development and infrastructure. In this context, gearing economic recovery towards green and sustainable growth is more than ever needed by investors and policymakers alike.
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    Introducción por Eduardo Atehortua, Head of Latin America (ex Brazil), PRI
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    Speakers:
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  • DOL's Proposed Rule: Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments Jul 14 2020 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
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    This webinar will discuss the Department of Labor's rule proposal entitled “Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments”, its potential impacts on ESG integration, and actions the PRI is taking and encourages signatories to take in response.

    On June 23, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments” (“Proposal”) aimed at clarifying the obligations related to consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors by fiduciaries who oversee private sector pension and defined contribution plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). However, the Proposal mischaracterizes ESG integration and fails to distinguish between ESG integration and economically targeted investing. This is likely to lead to confusion for ERISA fiduciaries and cost to plan savers.

    Recommendations and Resources:
    We recommend PRI signatories write to the DOL requesting an extension to the consultation period, and prepare to respond to the consultation. The current deadline for comments is July 30th.

    - PRI's request for extension of the comment period from 30 days to 90 days, submitted to the DOL: https://dwtyzx6upklss.cloudfront.net/Uploads/s/l/z/dolesgrequestforextensionfinal_862506.pdf
    - PRI's briefing document: https://dwtyzx6upklss.cloudfront.net/Uploads/a/t/e/financial_factors_selecting_plan_investments_v2_26737.pdf
  • Beyond divestment – climate change strategies for endowments Recorded: Jul 9 2020 92 mins
    The PRI and IEN
    University and college endowments and foundations face continued calls to divest from fossil fuels. While the merits of divestment are debated, questions remain as to what a comprehensive strategy to manage climate-related risks and opportunities looks like and what actions should be employed – from climate scenario analysis and its implications for asset allocation, to manager selection and stewardship.

    This joint PRI and IEN webinar will explore the investment implications of climate change and highlight tools and resources endowments can leverage to develop a thoughtful climate strategy. You will hear from several endowments on the multipronged approaches they've implemented to manage climate-related risks, invest in opportunities and align endowment investments with organisational missions.
  • Germany's Sustainable Finance Agenda Recorded: Jul 1 2020 58 mins
    The PRI
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    Speakers:
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    - Susanne Dräger, Senior Policy Analyst, PRI
  • Investing in human rights – a roadmap for investor action Recorded: Jun 30 2020 62 mins
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  • The initiative Climat International – private equity action on climate change Recorded: Jun 25 2020 54 mins
    The PRI
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  • ESG in Credit Risk Analysis: The Rise of the ‘S’ Factor Recorded: Jun 24 2020 62 mins
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  • Navigating cyber security and privacy rights during COVID-19 Recorded: Jun 22 2020 61 mins
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    The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the urgency for companies to build a resilient cybersecurity strategy that incorporates strong governance and data protection as a priority. The increase in the number of cyber-attacks poses a significant challenge not just to companies themselves, but also to rightsholders like consumers and other actors in the digital ecosystem that they interact with.
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    David Sneyd, Vice President, Analyst, Responsible Investment, BMO Global Asset Management
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    Dr Ilia Siatitsa, Programme Director, Privacy International
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  • Hitting the Mark on Methane - investor engagement with the oil & gas sector Recorded: Jun 18 2020 60 mins
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    • Share findings from EDF’s 'Hitting the Mark' paper offering actionable recommendations on how companies can more accurately measure and report methane emissions.
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    Speakers include:
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    - Iancu Daramus, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Legal & General Investment Management
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    - Tracey Cameron, Senior Manager, Corporate Climate Engagement, Ceres
    - Andrew Logan, Senior Director, Oil and Gas, Ceres
  • The Inevitable Policy Response - The value of nature-based solutions Recorded: Jun 11 2020 59 mins
    The PRI, KLP Asset Management and Vivid Economics
    PRI and Vivid Economics present the latest outputs from the pioneering project the Inevitable Policy Response – focussing on the value of nature-based solutions and the opportunities for global investors.

    • An inevitable policy response to climate change will increase the breadth and ambition of forest policy, with enormous growth potential for nature-based solutions.
    • This large-scale climate forestry effort will involve massive increases in finance, ramped up rapidly across multiple regions.
    • Forest-based carbon stocks can generate nearly US$7.7 trillion in net present value through to 2050, increasingly relying on private sector financing mechanisms delivered through novel business models.
    • Investors will need to move early and support market development over the near-term in order to position themselves to take advantage of large medium and long term opportunities.

    Speakers include:
    Jason Eis, Executive Director, Vivid Economics
    Bryan Vadheim, Senior Economist, Vivid Economics
    Jeanett Bergan, Head of Responsible Investment, KLP Asset Management
    Gemma James, Head of Environmental Issues, PRI
    Moderated by: Sagarika Chatterjee, Director of Climate Change, PRI
  • Supply chain management during the COVID-19 crisis Recorded: Jun 10 2020 60 mins
    The PRI, Robeco, OECD and United Nations University
    The COVID-19 crisis has given more visibility to already existing social issues and has brought to the forefront the importance for businesses to embed and respect human rights. During this webinar we will cover some of the social risks that have been amplified during the crisis particularly when it comes to global supply chains, including modern slavery, health and safety and layoffs and lack of income protection for workers. We will also cover, how investors are adapting their engagement practices and their expectations for companies now and during the recovery to better prepare and become more resilient to shocks in the future.

    The webinar will last for 60 min, and there will be opportunity for Q&A.

    Speakers include:
    James Cockayne , Director, United Nations University
    Peter van der Werf, Senior Engagement Specialist, Director, Team Lead Engagement, Robeco
    Barbara Bijelic, Legal Expert, Responsible Business Conduct, OECD
    Moderated by: Elena Espinoza, Manager, Social Issues, PRI
  • Protecting workers’ rights through the COVID-19 crisis Recorded: Jun 5 2020 64 mins
    The PRI, BMO Global Asset Management, MFS Investment Management, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
    The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the lives of workers across sectors and geographies. It has put an emphasis on the vulnerability and precariousness of the employment status of some workers and has also exposed, in many cases, the lack of adequate safeguards necessary to protect workers and their rights in times of crisis. During this webinar, we will explore the range of risks different categories of workers have been exposed since the beginning of the pandemic and address how investors can contribute to ensuring jobs, workers and their rights are protected and respected in the midst of the crisis. We will also discuss how these considerations might help anticipate longer-term risks, inform and help shape investor action around job and workers’ protection for the long-term recovery.

    Speakers include:
    Nina Roth, Director, Responsible Investment, BMO Global Asset Management
    Rob Wilson, Research Analyst, MFS Investment Management
    Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
    Moderated by: Nabylah Abo Dehman, Manager, Social Issues, PRI
  • L'evoluzione del Reporting Framework PRI - aggiornamenti e Q&A Recorded: Jun 4 2020 65 mins
    Antonio Santoro, Head of Southern Europe, PRI
    Tra i punti della nostra strategia decennale Blueprint for Responsible Investment abbiamo definito la necessità di una revisione approfondita del nostro Reporting Framework. Il progetto include la revisione degli indicatori che compongono il questionario, la metodologia di valutazione degli stessi, gli output risultanti dal processo di reporting e la piattaforma IT utilizzata dai firmatari.

    Il processo di revisione è cominciato da una prima consultazione nel 2019 con l’obiettivo di creare un reporting framework atto al suo scopo e utile per i firmatari PRI. Abbiamo da poco concluso una seconda fase di consultazione, in cui i firmatari hanno avuto l’opportunità di indicare il proprio livello di consenso sulla proposta del nuovo Reporting Framework. Il processo di revisione è stato guidato dal consiglio di amministrazione del PRI e con il supporto del comitato Reporting & Assessment.

    Gli obiettivi del webinar sono i seguenti:
    • Fornire un aggiornamento sulla seconda fase di consultazione e su come il feedback ricevuto verrà integrato nel nuovo reporting framework;
    • Fornire maggiori dettagli sulla struttura Core/Plus;
    • Chiedervi feedback su alcuni temi attraverso sondaggi interattivi;
    • Rispondere alle vostre domande riguardo il nuovo Reporting Framework.
  • EU Commission update: Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy and Green Recovery Recorded: Jun 3 2020 58 mins
    PRI & European Commission
    The European Green Deal and the economic recovery from COVID-19 will both require substantial public and private finance. Building from the 2018 Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, the renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy will seek additional reforms to align the financial system with the EU’s sustainability goals. This webinar will provide an update on the Commission’s open consultation, ongoing sustainable finance work programme and ongoing discussions on aligning the EU recovery programme with the principles of the Green Deal.

    Speakers:
    Alyssa Heath, Head of EU & UK Policy, PRI
    Martin Spolc, Head of Unit, Sustainable Finance, European Commission
  • Refonte du reporting PRI – actualités et questions/réponses Recorded: Jun 2 2020 78 mins
    Marie Luchet et Ben Leblique, PRI
    Dans le cadre de notre plan d'action (Blueprint for responsible investment ), nous nous sommes engagés à passer en revue notre reporting. Cette consultation vise à ce que l'exercice de reporting et d'évaluation des PRI reste en phase avec ses objectifs, pertinent face à l'évolution des pratiques d'investissement responsable, et soit utile aux signataires comme au marché de l'investissement responsable dans son ensemble.

    La refonte du reporting PRI a commencé par une première phase de consultation en 2019. Les signataires ont ensuite eu la possibilité de commenter la proposition de ce à quoi pourrait ressembler le nouveau cadre de reporting et d'évaluation des PRI. Cette proposition était largement basée sur les commentaires des signataires recus lors de la première phase de consultation, avec la supervision du conseil d'administration des PRI et le soutien du comité consultatif Reporting et Evaluation.

    Dans ce contexte, nous vous invitons à participer à cette webconférence pour en savoir plus sur l'évolution du reporting PRI. Vous aurez l’opportunité de donner votre avis et poser des questions via des sondages en direct et une session de questions / réponses.

    Cette webconférence:
    - présentera les dernières actualités de la refonte du reporting PRI (notamment les détails sur le nouveau modèle Core / Plus);
    - présentera les résultats de la deuxième phase de consultation
    - testera les nouvelles propositions via des sondages en direct; et
    - répondra à toutes les questions des participations sur l'élaboration du nouveau reporting PRI
  • Evolución marco de reporte PRI – Actualización del proceso y Q&A Recorded: May 29 2020 69 mins
    Eduardo Atehortua y Antonio Santoro, PRI
    Como parte del plan a 10 años Blueprint for responsible investment – buscado cómo llevar la inversión responsable adelante en la próxima década – nos comprometimos a emprender una extensa revisión de nuestro metodología de reporte. Esto incluye los indicadores de informes, nuestra metodología de evaluación, los resultados de informes y las plataformas para respaldar este proceso.

    La revisión de a metodología de evaluación comenzó con una primera fase de consulta en 2019. Ahora hemos completado una segunda fase de consulta, donde los signatarios tuvieron la oportunidad de indicar su nivel de apoyo a la propuesta de cómo podría ser un nuevo marco de Informes y Evaluación. La propuesta se basó en gran medida en los comentarios de los firmantes durante la primera fase de consulta, con la supervisión de la Junta del PRI y el apoyo del Comité Asesor de Reporte y Evaluación.

    Como parte de nuestro compromiso continuo con los signatarios para crear un nuevo y robusto marco de evaluación, lo invitamos a unirse a uno de nuestros seminarios web para conocer más sobre la evolución de los reportes PRI. Abordaremos los puntos importantes planteados en la segunda consulta, validaremos los cambios realizados en a la metodología a través de preguntas de sondeo y resolveremos dudas de los signatarios a través de una sesión de preguntas y respuestas.

    Este seminario web:
    • servir como una actualización de la revisión general de la metodología de reporte y evaluaciones;
    • esbozar los resultados de la segunda fase de consulta y cómo se están incorporando estos hallazgos en el desarrollo de la nueva metodología;
    • proporcionar más detalles sobre el modelo Core / Plus;
    • validar el modelo a través de preguntas de sondeo; y
    • responder cualquier pregunta que pueda tener la audiencia sobre el desarrollo de la nueva metodología de evaluación
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