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Environment & Sustainability

FT - The Rockefeller Foundation Series

Revaluing Ecosystems: Natural Capital and its Role in Investment Risk and Return

New York |
Speakers include:
Fred Boltz, PhD

Fred Boltz, PhD

The Rockefeller Foundation

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Financial Times

Overview

Following the success of the New York event in June, and the London event in September, this is the third event in this series of high-level, invitation-only breakfast forums on Revaluing Ecosystems. While in the first two forums, we invited sustainability experts, in this third session, we will be convening a group of senior executives whose primary role is not focused on sustainability.

In an intimate setting, this roundtable event will examine the state of the market when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and cover practical tools investors and businesses can use to factor ESG into decision making.

In recent decades, progress has been made in incorporating ESG factors into business strategies and investment decisions. Meanwhile, regulators and others are starting to establish frameworks that take account of these new forms of materiality. However, work still needs to be done to increase understanding of the influence of nature on business opportunity and investment risk and return. This means placing a financial value on natural capital, and developing widely accessible measures that public and private institutions can factor into their assessments of economic performance, as well as their investment and reporting practices.  The event will be held under Chatham House rule in order to engage participants in open and meaningful dialogue.

Attendance is by invitation only.

 

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Hosts (2)

Fred Boltz, PhD

Fred Boltz, PhD

Managing Director, Ecosystems
The Rockefeller Foundation

Fred Boltz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Managing Director for Ecosystems, Dr Boltz brings to the foundation scientific expertise in economics and ecology, combined with practical knowledge of climate change, freshwater and food security issues. His work enhances the foundation’s global portfolio as it expands its investments in revaluing ecosystems as an underpinning of human well-being, resilience and equitable growth.  Dr Boltz has deep experience implementing programmes in Africa, Asia and South America. For much of the past decade, Dr Boltz has served as Conservation International’s lead technical advisor on conservation strategy and practice, providing guidance to staff and partners in more than 30 countries on marine and terrestrial conservation, community based conservation, ecotourism, enterprise development. In 2002, Dr Boltz worked on a post-genocide recovery effort in Rwanda, where he designed a programme of economic revitalisation in communities buffering the Nyungwe National Park. His immersion in development practice dates back to 1992, when Dr Boltz established Conservation International’s first protected area conservation and rural development project in the eastern rainforest of Madagascar. Dr Boltz holds a PhD in Natural Resources Economics from the University of Florida, and earned his BA in East Asian Studies from Duke University. He has published actively in leading economic and environmental journals and has co-edited current books on climate change and ecosystem services. A native English speaker, Dr Boltz is fluent in both French and Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese, Malagasy and Mandarin.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times

Sarah Murray is a Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development and a Non-fiction author and editor. A former Financial Times journalist and long-time Financial Times contributor, she also writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as for universities and foundations. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. She has edited two books on philanthropy and is author of two non-fiction books, Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead, and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat.

Agenda - 6th Dec

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:45am
    Opening Remarks

    Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development,Financial Times

    Fred BoltzPhD, Managing Director, Ecosystems, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • 9:00am
    Roundtable Discussion: Session 1

    This session will open with a live survey to identify priority topics for the discussion.  The survey will ask participants: On a scale of 1-10, how advanced are the business and investment sectors on ESG issues in the following areas:|

    1. The education of financial analysts
    2. Awareness of ESG factors across business operations (from procurement to accounting)
    3. The communication and disclosure of ESG performance
    4. Access to data
    5. Active ownership and shareholder engagement
    6. The standardization of ESG research, ratings and indices

    Following the survey, the discussion will focus on the following topics:

    • Why participants gave a particular topic a high or low score in the opening survey?
    • Strategies participants are using within their own organizations to incorporate ESG factors into their business and investment decisions
    • The main barriers companies and investors face in placing a greater emphasis on natural capital
    • Examples of best practice
  • 9:55am
    Networking Break
  • 10:25am
    Roundtable Discussion: Session 2

    Building on the issues identified in the first session, the second part of the programme will focus on:

    • How these specific topics can be enhanced across the business and investment community
    • What needs to be done to advance the integration of ESG factors into business and investment decisions
    • Practical tools, frameworks and other forms of support investors and businesses can use to factor ESG information into their decision-making
    • The steps the group can take to promote progress in this area, inviting participants to take part in an ongoing Revalue Ecosystems forum so that they can contribute to bringing this thinking to a wider audience of individuals and institutions
  • 11:20am
    Closing Remarks

    Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development,Financial Times

    Fred Boltz, PhD, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Who Should Attend

Senior Executives within Banking, Financial Services and Investment Management

Chief Executives within water-intensive manufacturing, and agriculture companies

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Benefits of Attending

In a rapidly evolving field, this event will provide an intimate, high-level discussion of the latest developments, enabling investors and others to assess the emerging risks associated with natural capital, and how these risks, if fully understood, accounted for and managed, could be turned into opportunities. It will also be an opportunity to discuss with peers the obstacles facing this approach to investment, and the new tools and frameworks that could provide support.

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Organised by (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas—advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods and transform cities—to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot—or will not. 

Contacts

Funmbi Adenubi
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times

Venue

The Lambs Club
132 West 44th Street
New York NY10036

United States of America

Tel: 212.997.5262
Email: reservations@thelambsclub.com

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