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Do we see changes in the Economy Or should ESG Investment and Accounting change?

ESG investment is growing exponentially. Investors are tilting their portfolios away from polluting companies. Yet, many of the companies divested from portfolios are purchased by Private Equity. Changes in the Board of Exxon Mobile are portrayed as a win of David over Goliath, but would this have happened, had Exxon’s financial performance been satisfactory?
- What is the role of the current accounting system and how is it changing? We will have updates directly from IFRS
- What does the early implementation of SFDR show us?
- Is the pressure from Investors strong enough to make know to the directors that today’s companies operate in a resource-deprived world and not taking this into account means failing their duty of care?
- Does engagement deliver expected results, and how do we measure it?
- Does exponential growth in ESG investment bring us closer to delivering on SDGs?
- Is ESG reflected in Credit Ratings?
We will explore these and many more questions with or esteemed panel:
Lee White – Executive Director – The International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS)
Michael Lewis – Managing Director, Head of ESG research – DWS
James Alexander – CEO – UKSIF
Rahul Ghosh – MD, ESG outreach and Research, Moody’s ESG Solutions
Claire Herbert – Associate Investment Director – Schroders
Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing Director – ESG Nexus
Recorded Sep 7 2021 82 mins
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  • Do we see changes in the Economy Or should ESG Investment and Accounting change? Recorded: Sep 7 2021 82 mins
    Dana Hanby, Lee White, Michael Lewis, James Alexander, Rahul Ghosh, Claire Herbert
    ESG investment is growing exponentially. Investors are tilting their portfolios away from polluting companies. Yet, many of the companies divested from portfolios are purchased by Private Equity. Changes in the Board of Exxon Mobile are portrayed as a win of David over Goliath, but would this have happened, had Exxon’s financial performance been satisfactory?
    - What is the role of the current accounting system and how is it changing? We will have updates directly from IFRS
    - What does the early implementation of SFDR show us?
    - Is the pressure from Investors strong enough to make know to the directors that today’s companies operate in a resource-deprived world and not taking this into account means failing their duty of care?
    - Does engagement deliver expected results, and how do we measure it?
    - Does exponential growth in ESG investment bring us closer to delivering on SDGs?
    - Is ESG reflected in Credit Ratings?
    We will explore these and many more questions with or esteemed panel:
    Lee White – Executive Director – The International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS)
    Michael Lewis – Managing Director, Head of ESG research – DWS
    James Alexander – CEO – UKSIF
    Rahul Ghosh – MD, ESG outreach and Research, Moody’s ESG Solutions
    Claire Herbert – Associate Investment Director – Schroders
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing Director – ESG Nexus
  • Do Investors still have ESG blind-spots? Focus on FMCG & Agriculture. Recorded: Aug 4 2021 71 mins
    Dana Hanby, Maria Lettini, Ignacio Gavilan, David McNeil, Julia Bewerunge, Travis Miller
    Monitoring share price movements to see the potential impact of changes in customers’ preferences may not be so easy for a consumer, as iconic brands aided by an army of marketing specialists are reinventing themselves and their value propositions. Financial analysts see it more clearly and report that for example, the top 25 US food and beverage companies have lost an equivalent of $18 billion in market share in about 5 years due to consumers’ preferences drifting to more authentic and genuine food experiences.
    Many ESG issues and increasing disclosure requirements may affect – in positive and negative sense – not only corporate reputation, but also each of the elements of the entire value creation chain…. But as focus continues to be on the fossil fuel industry, do investors still have a blind spot where FMCG and agriculture are concerned?
    What is the impact of changes in consumer preferences on the implementation of Sustainability in the FMCG and agriculture sectors?
    Does the dialogue of the FMCG industry with the Financial Institutions help accelerate the implementation of Sustainability and how can this dialogue be improved?
    What are the risks and opportunities related to animal agriculture?
    How are Supply Chains managed?
    What is the way forward?
    These and many other questions we will discuss with our excellent panel:
    Maria Lettini - Executive Director - FAIRR (The Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return)
    David McNeil - Head of Climate Risk, Director - Fitch Ratings
    Ignacio Gavilan - Director, Sustainability - The Consumer Goods Forum
    Julia Bewerunge - Manager, Carbon & Finance - Climate Partner
    Travis Miller - General Counsel - Assent Compliance
    Moderated by Dana Hanby - Managing Director - ESG Nexus
  • Net-Zero or 'Pass-the-Parcel' Pledges ? Recorded: Jun 30 2021 69 mins
    Dana Hanby, Prof. Dr. Gautam Kalghatgi, Prof.Dr. Stefan Ulreich, Wolfgang Kuhn, David McNeil, Dr. Jim Totty
    The energy sector has seen landmark write-downs: – Royal Dutch Shell - $22Billion; Total - $8billion; Eni - €3.5 billion – and these are statistics taken before we’ve heard the landmark case of a court in the Netherlands requiring an Oil major to align its policies with the Paris Climate Agreement.
    In 2020, investors had increased their ESG investment significantly or moderately, with negative screening/exclusions remaining one of the most common strategies of ESG integration. On the one hand, we see a growing trend to divest from fossil fuel or carbon-intensive assets. On the other, the Financial Sector is already putting together portfolios of oil and gas companies that have the natural gas infrastructure and can produce so-called blue hydrogen and later green hydrogen.

    - Will estimated an $1 trillion investment potential with declining hydrogen costs change investors mind on the oil and gas sector?
    - Are investors’ portfolios aligned with Net-Zero?
    - Is shifting away from stocks with high carbon exposure a solution that delivers true CO2 reduction?
    - How does Private Equity select, build and report on their portfolios?
    - Does engagement and banks’ own pledges deliver expected results?
    - What are the lessons from Germany?

    We will explore these and many more questions with our esteemed panel:
    Prof. Dr. Gautam Kalghatgi, Imperial College London & University of Oxford
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Ulreich, University of Applied Science, Biberach, Germany
    Wolfgang Kuhn – Director, Financial Sector Strategies, ShareAction
    David McNeil – Director, Sustainable Finance, Fitch Ratings
    Jim Totty – Managing Director, Viridis Capital/Private Equity
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing Director, ESG Nexus
  • Biodiversity – Can Markets be one of the Solutions? Recorded: Jun 24 2021 42 mins
    Dana Hanby, Mike Davies
    According to a UN report, the World needs to quadruple its annual investment in nature if the climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises are to be addressed by 2050. While investor interest in ESG investments has accelerated in recent years, funding for biodiversity has not kept pace. To date, traditional conservation and biodiversity funding has depended on either governments or philanthropic donors, creating a disconnect between the funding mechanisms and the requirements to restore biodiversity. A fifth of countries globally are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing due to a decline in biodiversity and related beneficial services, yet in September 2020 the UN revealed that the world’s governments have failed to meet a single target to stem biodiversity losses in the last decade.

    Can markets deliver a solution?
    Are the carbon markets suitable for biodiversity?
    What are the key challenges and how can the system be improved?

    We will discuss these and many more questions with Mike Davies, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Futures (BEF) - (www.thebef.org) - a UK Social Enterprise focused on improving how nature-based assets are financed, tracked and then transacted.
  • ESG Integration in Wealth Management - A Deep Dive Recorded: May 11 2021 62 mins
    Dana Hanby, Robert Howard, Emma Foden-Pattinson
    The conversation about Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues is getting louder. The pressure on companies, no matter what their size, to tune in to this global conversation is coming from many directions - media, investors, regulators, and is leading to a growing understanding that proactive commitment to ESG is more effective than reactive compliance.
    For individuals within family-owned or privately owned businesses, who by their nature have a unique position and visibility to the public eye, this situation creates an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to critical debates. However it also poses a risk of being accused of a green-washing or a cause-washing if what they say and do lacks authenticity.
    • How should Wealth Managers position themselves?
    • What are the solutions that allow a balance of investors’ goals and their willingness and capacity to take risk?
    • Does ESG feature among these values?
    • Is SFDR helpful for Wealth Managers?
    These and many more questions we will discuss with Charles Stanley’s:
    Robert Howard – Regulatory Policy & Compliance Manager
    Emma Foden-Pattinson - Chartered Investment Manager
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing director – ESG Nexus
    About Charles Stanley & Co:
    Charles Stanley is one of the UK’s leading Wealth Management firms, providing bespoke investment portfolios and tailored financial advice at every stage of your financial journey. Their focus on clients has endured for over 200 years since 1792. Working with individuals, charities, institutions and professional advisers, they have created financial security for many tens of thousands of people.
  • How Investors Can Prepare For and Hedge ‘Black Swan’ Risks. Recorded: May 5 2021 60 mins
    Dana Hanby | John Coley | Ioannis Ioannou | Andrew Gates | Nazim Osmancik
    The Global Economy at the beginning of this year was hit by arguably two black swan events. The collapse of OPEC-Russia cooperation on oil production has triggered a financial market shock. This event was however dwarfed by a coronavirus-induced growth shock on an unprecedented scale. Theoretically, we should have been prepared.

    We live in an era of rapidly changing global landscapes and local environments. Viruses with RNA as their genetic material can quickly adapt to and exploit these varying conditions” – This and similar quotes, which were warning us even more explicitly about a potential pandemic, we could have read in books published already five or even 10 years ago. And indeed the risk – the “spread of infectious diseases” - featured as second on the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk by impact register in 2015. Yet, just a year later it went down to 8th position and has featured even lower than that (in 10th place) in the last 3 years. 'Climate action failure' and 'weapons of mass distraction' risks took over the prominent positions on the risk register.

    But how are companies preparing for and hedging against low probability, high impact risks?

    Should black swans events be hedged against or is this an ‘opportunity’ to re-design business models?

    Can these risks be hedged and/or insured? At what cost (if at all)?

    Who ‘owns’ these risks in the organisation and how can Boards add the most value?

    Are issues like Climate Preparedness put aside or are they take on a new meaning?



    These and many more aspects we will be discussing with our excellent panel:

    Andrew Gates – CEO – Macquarie Bank Europe
    Ioannis Ioannou – Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship – London Business School
    John Coley – Head of Risk Consulting Practice for EMEA – Norton Rose Fulbright
    Nazim Osmancik – Chief Risk Officer, Energy Trading - Centrica
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing Director – ESG Nexus
  • ESG Integration - focus on Hedge Funds and Wealth Management Recorded: Apr 13 2021 64 mins
    Dana Hanby ; Andrea Marmolejo ; Emma Foden-Pattison ; Vlad Mitroi, Greg Davies
    Integration of the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues and ESG disclosure are getting at the forefront of European and global regulatory efforts, aiming at redirection of capital flows towards a more sustainable economy. New standards and frameworks for issuers and investors make portfolio management an increasingly complex task. Strategies and investment products differ, and not all Financial Institutions are using the same tools to target ESG issues at companies. Hedge Funds and Wealth Managers are not always part of the debate, despite their unique positioning and the value they can deliver when adopting ESG in their investment processes.

    - What are approaches that Hedge Funds and Wealth Managers take in ESG integration?
    - Does the unique institutional setup of Wealth Managers make the meaningful contribution to the critical sustainability debate more or less challenging?
    - How can a Fixed Income Hedge Fund integrate ESG?
    - Can we expect bad ESG performers to be shorted?
    - What tools Wealth Managers deploy, and what can we learn from this?

    These and many other questions will be discussed by our excellent panel:
    Andrea Marmolejo - Managing Director - Blue Topaz Capital
    Emma Foden-Pattison - Chartered Investment Manager - Charles Stanley & Co.
    Vlad Mitroi, CFA - Head of ESG - Chenavari Investment Managers
    Dr Greg Davies - Behavioural Finance - Oxford Risk
    Moderated by Dana Hanby - Managing Director - ESG Nexus
  • Collocation? Flexibility? – what are the drivers of investment in batteries? Recorded: Mar 25 2021 61 mins
    Dana Hanby , Adrian Barnes, Gautam Kalghatgi, Stefan Ulreich, Susann Funke
    Increasing commitment to ‘Net Zero’ by 2050 calls for acceleration in the deployment of renewables and manufacturing of electric vehicles. Wind and solar capacity, however, does not provide the flexibility required for optimal functioning of the European energy market. It’s not surprising, therefore, that discussion about investment in batteries – as the only scalable, low carbon flexibility solution - dominates the market. But is the system requirement for flexibility enough to make an investment in batteries attractive?
    - What is the role of policy?
    - How renewable portfolios can drive investment in batteries?
    - What are the key challenges for battery valuation?
    - What risks investors are taking?
    These and many other questions will be discussed by our excellent panel:
    Adrian Barnes - Senior Manager, Green Transition, Green Investment Group
    Gautam Kalghatgi - Visiting Professor - University of Oxford
    Dr Stefan Ulreich - Professor - Bilberach University of Applied Science
    Dr Susann Funke - Managing Director and Lawyer - Funke Advisory
    Moderated by Dana Hanby - Managing Director - ESG Nexus
    Gautam Kalghatgi - Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
  • Impact Investment - Finance vs. Implementation Recorded: Mar 11 2021 62 mins
    Dana Hanby; Jim Totty; Boris Kamstra
    Surveys of investors have shown a great interest in Impact Investing and in putting money behind the companies that make a positive difference to the world. Even though the size of the global impact investing market is growing – at about US $700bn – it is still considerably smaller than the inflow of capital into other sustainability-focused strategies.
    - Can we expect an acceleration in scaling up of Impact Investment and what are the key challenges to achieve it?
    - How are Impact Investments selected and where are they located?
    - Does a wide range of bespoke approaches to impact measurement serve the industry well or do we need standardization and do methodologies such as the IFC’s Impact Management Framework and the Impact Management Project help achieve this?
    - How easy is it to compare portfolios? - What level of returns are Impact Investors looking to achieve benchmarked against general market returns?
    - What type of investors are interested in Impact Investing and do their expectations differ?
    - Are Impact investment strategies working at the Implementation point?
    These and many more questions we will be discussing with our excellent panel:
    Jim Totty – Managing Director – Viridis Capital (Private Equity)
    Boris Kamstra – Executive Director – Alphamin Resources PLC
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing Director – ESG Nexus
  • “Towards a New Model of Corporate Leadership?” Recorded: Mar 2 2021 47 mins
    Dana Hanby ; Ioannis Ioannou
    A conversation with Ioannis Ioannou
    Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
    at London Business School (LBS)
    conducted by Dana Hanby


    The crisis has pushed people to accomplish what was previously thought impossible in such a short space of time – moving thousands of office workers to working from home; changing manufacturing lines from making deodorants or perfumes to making hand sanitisers and many others. The interconnectedness of all stakeholders – including governments, suppliers, employees – was brought to the fore asking for the re-consideration of shareholders’ dominance. Arguably, these messages should not be new to ESG.

    - but can we expect a shift in the Boards’ Leadership?
    - Will ESG Integration accelerate?

    These and many other questions will be discussed with Professor Ioannis Ioannou - a Professor and Advisor on Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Responsibility. Through his academic work, advisory roles, teaching, and engagement with executives, he seeks to understand and explore whether, how and the extent to which companies and capital markets can lead on the path towards a sustainable future. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in Economics and Mathematics and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School. He is currently an Associate Professor with tenure at London Business School. Prof. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals and due to the popularity and impact of his research, he regularly ranks in the top 100 authors on the social science research network (SSRN). Among other advisory roles, Ioannis is a member of the ESG Advisory Board of the DWS Group, and a member of the World Economic Forum Experts Network. He is also a frequent contributor to articles in the popular and managerial press including outlets such as the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Guardian, BBC, and Forbes, among others.
  • How Investors Can Prepare For and Hedge ‘Black Swan’ Risks. Recorded: May 21 2020 60 mins
    Dana Hanby | John Coley | Ioannis Ioannou | Andrew Gates | Nazim Osmancik
    The Global Economy at the beginning of this year was hit by arguably two black swan events. The collapse of OPEC-Russia cooperation on oil production has triggered a financial market shock. This event was however dwarfed by a coronavirus-induced growth shock on an unprecedented scale. Theoretically, we should have been prepared.

    We live in an era of rapidly changing global landscapes and local environments. Viruses with RNA as their genetic material can quickly adapt to and exploit these varying conditions” – This and similar quotes, which were warning us even more explicitly about a potential pandemic, we could have read in books published already five or even 10 years ago. And indeed the risk – the “spread of infectious diseases” - featured as second on the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk by impact register in 2015. Yet, just a year later it went down to 8th position and has featured even lower than that (in 10th place) in the last 3 years. 'Climate action failure' and 'weapons of mass distraction' risks took over the prominent positions on the risk register.

    But how are companies preparing for and hedging against low probability, high impact risks?

    Should black swans events be hedged against or is this an ‘opportunity’ to re-design business models?

    Can these risks be hedged and/or insured? At what cost (if at all)?

    Who ‘owns’ these risks in the organisation and how can Boards add the most value?

    Are issues like Climate Preparedness put aside or are they take on a new meaning?



    These and many more aspects we will be discussing with our excellent panel:

    Andrew Gates – CEO – Macquarie Bank Europe
    Ioannis Ioannou – Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship – London Business School
    John Coley – Head of Risk Consulting Practice for EMEA – Norton Rose Fulbright
    Nazim Osmancik – Chief Risk Officer, Energy Trading - Centrica
    Moderated by Dana Hanby – Managing Director – ESG Nexus
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