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FT Briefing: Integrating ESG

Unlocking Returns For Issuers and Investors in Japan, Asia and Europe

London |
Speakers include:
Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Principles for Responsible Investment

Naoko Nemoto

Naoko Nemoto

Government Pension Investment Fund Japan

David Sheasby

David Sheasby

Martin Currie Investment Management


Join the Financial Times at this exclusive briefing connecting issuers, investors and the wider industry to explore how ESG integration is evolving, and the challenges and opportunities ahead as it becomes more embedded in the real economy.

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Full Overview

Sustainability is transforming the world of investment. As major investors use their buying power to manage risk and align with the UN SDGs, the integration of environmental, social and governance factors in portfolio construction is proving a catalyst for real change as markets reevaluate long-term value beyond traditional financial metrics.

Join the Financial Times at this exclusive briefing connecting issuers, investors and the wider industry to explore how ESG integration is evolving, and the challenges and opportunities ahead as it becomes more embedded in the real economy.

With sustainable investments now representing about 26% of assets managed globally, our agenda will examine how asset owners view the potential for this market in the coming years, and their priorities as regards impact and returns. Discussion will focus on how corporations and the wider industry are responding to the growing need to measure, monitor and report themes and issues, such as those highlighted by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), that can influence the true value and potential of an organisation.   Speakers will share their views on the role that different stake holders should be playing in shaping the narrative of how responsible investing can contribute to a healthier, more sustainable economic and financial system.

The rise of socially responsible investing in Japan will also be addressed, assessing progress to date and focusing on next steps to facilitate investors and companies to mainstream ESG across the investment process.


Agenda - 5th Mar

  • 1:15pm
    Registration and lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Opening remarks from the FT

    Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:05pm
    Welcoming Address

    Shigeharu Suzuki, Chairman and CEO, Japan Securities Dealers Association

  • 2:10pm
    Keynote Address

    Koichiro Miyahara, President and CEO, Tokyo Stock Exchange

  • 2:25pm
    Panel Discussion: Setting the Standard for ESG Integration

    Estimates suggest that ESG investing is globally worth about US$23 trillion and rising, as investors move from screening out organisations to actively picking stocks for their inherent long-term value, and as companies embrace the need for higher standards and more transparent non-financial reporting.  In the current environment how are measures for ESG integration evolving and changing - are the frameworks for action, from the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment to the UN SDG’s, still relevant or are new benchmarks being created?  What progress is being made to develop and agree principles on corporate sustainability reporting and are they in line with investor expectations and requirements? As the market matures and becomes more competitive, what are the most effective tools to track progress and measure long-term impact?

    Deborah Gilshan, ESG Investment Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments  

    Denise Le Gal, Chair and CEO, Brunel Pension Partnership Ltd

    Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)   

    David Sheasby, Head of Stewardship and ESG, Martin Currie Investment Management

  • 3:10pm
    Networking break
  • 3:30pm
    ESG as a Critical Driver of Value Creation

    With institutional appetite for sustainable investment on the rise, company directors are under greater pressure than ever to open up about ESG factors that are financially material and may ultimately influence performance.  This session will feature insights on how leading corporations view the rise of ESG integration and how they are adapting their business and reporting structures to engage with investors and build for a sustainable future.

  • 4:10pm
    Panel Discussion: A New Era for ESG and Socially Responsible Investing in Japan

    In recent years Japan has made great strides in integrating ESG factors into investment,  strongly supported by Abenomics focusing on stewardship and corporate governance, and by the proactive lead taken by the GPIF in signing up to the Principles for Responsible Investment.  This is a market which is rich with potential for Japan.  As investors and corporates realise the relationship between ESG and long-term value, what are the next steps to break down any remaining barriers to full ESG adoption?  What examples of best practice globally can be replicated in Japan? 

    Keisuke Arai, Secretary-General of Sustainability Committee, Japan Exchange Group

  • 4:50pm
    Investor View Keynote: Responsible Returns

    Demand for ESG integration across the world of investment is being driven by asset owners who are voting with their money to manage risk, boost returns and induce positive long-term change.   How do investors see the potential for this market going forward, and how are their expectations of corporations and their asset managers changing in line with this?  What are the most effective ways to structure ESG oriented portfolios that can deliver strong returns, and which asset classes are outperforming?

    Naoko Nemoto, Board Member, Government Pension Investment Fund Japan; Economist, Asian Development Bank Institute

  • 5:15pm
    Closing remarks followed by Reception with Sparkling Sake Drink presented by Takara Shuzo International

    Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

Speakers (6)

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer
Principles for Responsible Investment

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) with responsibility for its global operations.  The PRI is a U.N. supported organisation, with more than 2,000 signatories collectively representing over US$80 trillion AUM.  Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years' experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent 7 years as the CEO.  Fiona also serves on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact and she is the Chair of the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (The Liechtenstein initiative). She is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee, the Global Steering Committee for the investor agenda on climate action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+ which is the largest ever investor engagement with listed companies.  Fiona has been a member of the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce. In 2018 she was named by Barron’s magazine of one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally. Fiona has formerly been a pension fund director/trustee of AUSfund and been on the boards of Industry Funds Credit Control, Australia for UNHCR, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and the National Women in Super Network. In 2012, she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy.

Naoko Nemoto

Naoko Nemoto

Board Member
Government Pension Investment Fund Japan

Naoko Nemoto is a board member of the Government Pension Investment Fund Japan, Chubu Electric Power Co., and Concordia Financial Group.  She is also an economist at the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo. Her research interests include monetary policy, financial markets, financial inclusion, and structural reform.  As former managing director at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, Naoko headed the Financial Service group, covering financial institutions, insurance, and brokerage firms in Japan. She also led research and thought-leadership activities on Japan-related agenda and Asia-Pacific financial institutions and served as the primary spokesperson in the region. Before that she was an economist and analyst at the Bank of Japan.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, and was formerly a member of the Financial System Council of Japan’s Financial Services Agency. She has authored three books on finance, covering theory and practice of bank management, post-crisis trends in the banking industry, and financial reform in the Republic of Korea. Naoko holds a BA in law from Waseda University, Tokyo, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in finance from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.

David Sheasby

David Sheasby

Head of Stewardship and ESG
Martin Currie Investment Management

David Sheasby joined Martin Currie in 2004 as a portfolio manager in the global team. He is now fully dedicated to his role as Head of Stewardship and ESG, overseeing the implementation of responsible investment methods into our process, working with the firm’s investment teams to ensure continued best practice and has full ownership of policies, strategy and execution in this key area. Before coming to Martin Currie, David worked for Aegon Asset Management (formerly Scottish Equitable) for 18 years. From 2002, he was a senior portfolio manager for global equities, developing and directing Aegon’s global strategy. During his time with Aegon, David headed its global equity, emerging markets and European teams. He was also a European portfolio manager from 1987 to 1994, having joined the company two years previously.

Denise  Le Gal

Denise Le Gal

Independent Chair
Brunel Pension Partnership

As well as being Chair of Brunel Pension Partnership Ltd, Denise Le Gal is Chairman of the LGA’s Local Government Pension Committee (LGPC) and Board Member LGPS Scheme Advisory Board. She is also a Trustee Director of the JP Morgan UK Retirement Plan.  Denise holds a BA from Carleton University. She left Canada in 1985 to complete an MBA at INSEAD and subsequently pursued a career in banking at Salomon Brothers, Chase Manhattan and IBJ.

Koichiro Miyahara

Koichiro Miyahara

President and CEO
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Shigeharu Suzuki

Shigeharu Suzuki

Chairman and CEO
Japan Securities Dealers Association

Shigeharu Suzuki is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), and Adviser of Daiwa Securities Group Inc. Before assuming his current position in July 2017, Mr Suzuki was Chief Corporate Adviser and Member of the Board of Daiwa Securities Group Inc,  He was formerly Chairman of the Board and CEO of the company. He joined Daiwa in 1971. Beginning his career in a domestic branch working with individual investors, Mr Suzuki moved to the Corporate Clients Banking Dept. in 1987. He the became Head of Global Investment Banking Division of Daiwa Securities SMBC Co. Ltd., before being appointed as CEO of the Daiwa Securities group.  Mr Suzuki also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Councilors for the KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation). He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University.


Chair and Moderator (2)

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

Owen Walker

Owen Walker

Asset Management Correspondent
Financial Times

Owen Walker is an award-winning journalist who has covered business and investment issues in the US, UK and Europe. He is Asset Management Correspondent with the Financial Times, having previously served as Commissioning Editor in the Special Reports team. Prior to that he edited special FT publications on corporate governance, retail investment and pension scheme management. He has served as trustee on the board of the Pearson Group Pension Plan and was a committee member of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees. Owen is author of a book on activist investors, Barbarians in the Boardroom, which was published in 2016. 


This FT Briefing will be a meeting point for senior investors - pension funds, insurers, sovereign wealth funds and asset management - and corporate issuers, bankers and financiers, who are keen to expand their knowledge of ESG integration in the corporate and investment world.  Applications to attend from these categories are invited from:

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Investment Officers 
  • Heads of Investment
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Treasurers
  • Heads of Sustainability / Heads of Sustainable Finance / Heads of Sustainable / Responsible Investing
  • Senior Portfolio and Fund Managers

Registration is limited. To apply for a complimentary place, please request an invitation.

Please note that all applications are subject to review and approval.



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