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Investment and Asset Management, Insurance, Finance

FT Investing for Good Europe: Mainstreaming ESG

Mapping the next stage of the journey

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Speakers include:
David Blood

David Blood

Generation Investment Management LLP

Carine Smith Ihenacho

Carine Smith Ihenacho

Norges Bank Investment Management

Christina  Olivecrona

Christina Olivecrona

AP2

Overview

FT Investing for Good Europe: Mainstreaming ESG originally scheduled for 20 May at the Royal Garden Hotel, London has been postponed to 3 November 2020.

Though environmental, social and governance investing reached a tipping point last year, the arrival of Covid-19 is a major challenge,  How investors respond, as long-term stewards of capital, will define their enduring influence on markets.  The FT Investing for Good: Mainstreaming ESG Summit will bring together asset owners and asset managers, policy makers and advisors, data providers and analysts, to evaluate how the crisis has impacted the momentum for ESG investing, and to develop key plans and priorities for 2021 and beyond.

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Speakers (16)

David Blood

David Blood

Co-Founder and Senior Partner
Generation Investment Management LLP

David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management.  Since its founding in 2004, Generation has played an integral role in the development of sustainable investing and in demonstrating the long-term commercial and societal benefits of this approach.  Previously, David spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.  He is chairman of Dialight, Social Finance UK and co-chair of The World Resources Institute and on the boards of On the Edge Conservation and SHINE. David is also a life trustee of Hamilton College.

Carine Smith Ihenacho

Carine Smith Ihenacho

Chief Corporate Governance Officer
Norges Bank Investment Management

Carine Smith Ihenacho is Chief Corporate Governance Officer at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, and a member of the fund’s executive management group. Carine is responsible for exercising the fund’s ownership rights and promoting good governance and responsible business conduct with the fund’s investments in over 9,000 companies. This includes policy development, company dialogue and voting, and supporting sustainability initiatives and research. Carine has a background as a lawyer, both in-house and in law firms, and has served as a non-executive director at several boards. She holds a law degree from the University of Oslo, a Master of Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. Carine is a member of several advisory councils, including The President’s Council of International Activities of Yale University and the European Leadership Council of Harvard Law School.

Christina  Olivecrona

Christina Olivecrona

Senior Sustainability Analyst
AP2

Christina Olivecrona is Senior Sustainability Analyst at Andra AP-fonden (AP2) where she is responsible for initiating, developing and implementing sustainability into all investment processes across all asset classes. AP2 is one of the five ‘buffer funds’ within the Swedish national pension system and has approximately SEK 350 billion in AUM. 

Ms Olivecrona is a board member of IIGCC, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. She is also a member of AP Fund’s Ethical Council, a collaboration between the First, Second, Third and Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund, which focuses on engagement with global companies. She is a member of PRI’s Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Development Goals and a member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), a research centre at the University of Gothenburg.

Ms Olivecrona has worked with sustainability issues since 1992, and since 2003 with a focus on the financial sector. She started to work with AP2 in 2005. Ms Olivecrona has a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and a MBA from Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.

Edward  Mason

Edward Mason

Head of Responsible Investment
Church Commissioners for England

Edward is Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England whose £8.2bn endowment supports the ministry of the Church of England. Edward is responsible for the implementation of the Commissioners’ ethical and responsible investment commitments. He took up his position in 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group which advises the Commissioners and the other national investing bodies of the Church on ethical investment.  Edward sits on the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF) Policy Committee, the Oxford University Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee and the advisory committee of the Sarasin & Partners Climate Active Fund. Prior to working at the Church of England, Edward served for 15 years as a British diplomat, leaving in 2005 to help establish the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat. He holds a degree in History from Oxford University.  

Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Director of Board Governance and Strategy
CalPERS

Anne Simpson is CalPERS’ Director of Board Governance & Strategy, reporting to the CEO and responsible for strategic initiatives across the $400 billion fund.  These include Climate Action 100+ a global investor alliance of over $35 trillion driving business action on climate change. Anne also serves on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, the Robert F Kennedy Leadership Council, and Senior Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business, at Haas Business School, UC Berkeley.  Among her publications is “The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Advancing Sustainability” (Palgrave MacMillan) with Satyajit Bose and Dong Guo, at Columbia University. Anne was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of 15 women globally leading the fight on climate change.

Nico Aspinall

Nico Aspinall

Chief Investment Officer
The People’s Pension

Nico Aspinall is the Chief Investment Officer at The People’s Pension. Previously, he was Head of Defined Contribution (DC) Investment at Willis Towers Watson, and Head of DC for the Barclays staff pension scheme. He also chaired the Resource and Environment Board and is a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Council.  Nico is a qualified actuary and has published papers on resource depletion and monetary sustainability – working to ensure climate change and other sustainability issues are understood and acted upon by actuaries where appropriate. 

Magnus Billing

Magnus Billing

Chief Executive Officer
Alecta

Magnus Billing is the CEO of Alecta. Alecta provides collectively agreed occupational pensions, and is owned by approximately 2.4 million private customers and 34,000 corporate clients. Alecta’s assets under management amount to approximately US$90 billion.  In 2016 Mr Billing was appointed to be member of the European Commissions’ “high-level expert group” on sustainable finance. In January 2018, the group delivered their final recommendations for “a comprehensive EU strategy on sustainable finance as part of the Capital Markets Union”, which informed the Commissions’ Action plan on Sustainable Finance launched in 2018.  Prior to joining Alecta, Mr Billing was the CEO of Nasdaq Nordics, and Head of Fixed Income Nordic and Baltic Markets. At Nasdaq he previously held the position as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Vice President of Nasdaq Group, Inc.  Mr Billing has served as Director at the Federation of European Securities Exchanges, Swedish House of Finance and as an Alternate Director of the Swedish Corporate Governance Code Board of Directors. He holds a Law degree from Stockholm University.

Claudia Chapman

Claudia Chapman

Policy Advisor, Corporate Governance and Stewardship
Financial Reporting Council

Claudia Chapman joined the Financial Reporting Council in 2015 to deliver the report "Corporate culture and the role of boards" which led to revisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code. Most recently she led the review and update to the UK Stewardship Code which took effect on 1 January 2020. Prior to that she spent nine years at ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in business development and policy roles, latterly, leading a campaign to raise corporate governance standards in developing markets and bringing together finance and HR to address inclusion and diversity in organisations. Claudia studied Geography at Cardiff University

Claire Curtin

Claire Curtin

Head of ESG
Pension Protection Fund

Claire Curtin joined the Pension Protection Fund investment team as Head of ESG in May 2018 to support the PPF’s ambitions to further develop and implement its Responsible Investment strategy. Claire is responsible for contributing to the management of long-term risks, and to the achievement of long-term sustainable investment returns, by aligning the PPF’s investment portfolio with the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors. Claire has over 18 years of experience within financial services and ESG research, during which she has built a deep technical understanding of ESG issues across a wide range of asset classes. She was awarded the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation in 2007.

Jen Field

Jen Field

Director of Social Impact
GLG

Jen Field is Director of Social Impact at GLG, the world’s leading knowledge marketplace. In this role, she leads all Social Impact initiatives, including the GLG Social Impact Fellowship. Jen also connects public and private equity impact investing clients with experts to inform investment and ESG strategies that drive social, environmental, and financial returns.  Before joining GLG in 2012, Jen was a Vice President in the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, where she helped lead the 10,000 Women Initiative. She was also involved in the development of 10,000 Small Businesses and Goldman Sachs Gives. Jen’s experience also includes serving as Special Assistant and Personal Aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and as a Foreign Affairs Advisor in the US Mission to the United Nations. Jen holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Yale University. She is on the Advisory Boards of The Resolution Project and Concordia.

Kevin McGeeney

Kevin McGeeney

CEO
SCB Group

Kevin McGeeney is CEO at SCB Group, a founder of the organisation in 2006.  With group offices in Switzerland, the United States, UK and Singapore, SCB is the world’s largest renewable energy brokerage firm. It has won many accolades including ‘Environmental Deal of the Year’ awarded by Environmental Risk Magazine and six years running “Broker of the Year” in its target markets by Energy Risk.  Before the establishment of the SCB Group, Mr McGeeney spent 15 years as an investment banker in London, New York and Tokyo. He holds Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Economic Science degrees from University College Dublin. As part of his journey of discovery and experience in environmental matters, Mr McGeeney has taken teams from SCB to the North Pole, Antarctica and some of the most vulnerable communities around the world, such as Haiti and Senegal.

Leon Kamhi

Leon Kamhi

Head of Responsibility
Federated Hermes International

Reporting to the international business of Federated Hermes’ CEO, Leon Kamhi is responsible for developing and directing  the responsibility integration program across the group. This includes ensuring that investment teams are aware of and integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. In this role he also oversees and contributes to how the firm’s responsibility activities and performance are integrated into our client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of our corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements. Previously, Leon was responsible for the development and delivery of EOS at Federated Hermes’ global corporate and public policy engagement programme from 2012-2016 and acted as its commercial director from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Leon worked within the Hermes UK Large Cap Focus Fund for seven years, where he was responsible for executing the fund’s engagement programmes. He also has 12 years of strategy consulting and operational industry experience.

Caroline Laurie

Caroline Laurie

Head of Sustainability
Kingfisher Plc

Caroline Laurie is Head of Sustainability at Kingfisher Plc.  A CIMA qualified accountant, she joined Kingfisher 13 years ago as a buyer before being promoted to category manager, in this role she was instrumental in the decision to remove all gas patio heaters from B&Q UK. In 2012 she was asked to join the company’s new energy saving proposition as a business development manager – designed to help customers reduce their home’s energy use through intelligent product developments and installed solutions. 

Stephanie  Pfeifer

Stephanie Pfeifer

CEO
Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Stephanie Pfeifer has led the IIGCC since 2005 and has overseen its expansion into a pan-European investor group during that time. Stephanie also sits on the Steering Committee of the Climate Action 100+ initiative.   Prior to her role at IIGCC, Stephanie worked in investment banking for over 7 years, including as senior economist at Morgan Grenfell and a VP at Deutsche Bank in London. She holds an MSc with distinction in Environmental Studies and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA in Economics from Exeter University.

Ann Søndermølle Rendbæk

Ann Søndermølle Rendbæk

Investor Relations Manager
Novo Nordisk A/S

Ann Søndermølle Rendbæk is Investor Relations Manager at Novo Nordisk A/S, a position she has held since 2019.  She joined the company in 2014 as a financial analyst with the Treasury department anchored in Corporate Finance. Following two years of employment, she was promoted to financial risk manager. Ann holds a masters in Mathematical-Economics (cand.scient.oecon) from Copenhagen University.

Vanessa Harvard-Williams

Vanessa Harvard-Williams

Partner, Environmental and Climate Change
Linklaters

Vanessa Harvard-Williams is co-head of Linklaters’ risk and governance practice and a founder partner and head of the firm’s sustainability practice. She regularly advises corporates, pension funds and regulated firms on climate and ESG reporting, fiduciary duties and sustainable finance. Formerly a commercial litigator, she has been involved in a wide range of contentious and advisory matters, including in relation to crisis and risk management.

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Chairs and Moderators (1)

Katie Martin

Katie Martin

Markets Editor
Financial Times

Katie Martin is the Financial Times' Markets Editor, having previously run fastFT, the FT's breaking news service. Prior to the FT, she was at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.

Full Overview

Though environmental, social and governance investing reached a tipping point last year, the arrival of Covid-19 in 2020 upended plans and refocused priorities.  The global pandemic is a major challenge for investors, asset managers and companies, and their focus on sustainability is being put to the test amid panicked markets and the prospect of a global recession.  How investors respond, as long-term stewards of capital, will define their enduring influence on markets.

The Financial Times will bring together asset owners and asset managers, policy makers and advisors, data providers and analysts, to evaluate how the crisis has impacted the momentum for ESG investing, and to develop key plans and priorities for 2021 and beyond.

After an unprecedented year, the agenda will drill down into the critical action points and the emerging innovations which will galvanise real progress.  Key topics to be explored include: 

  • ESG investing in the age of COVID-19 – taking a back seat or now more important than ever?
  • What more can policy makers and Government do to align business investment and sustainability, amid an uncertain economic environment?
  • Is the investment industry ready to make the move from quarterly capitalism towards long-term investing and returns?  Who should and will drive the change?
  • What does best practice corporate disclosure look like, and what steps are companies taking to improve standards in ESG reporting across sectors and geographies?
  • Can FinTech solve the ESG data challenge?  Our agenda will explore the latest advances on technologies and methodologies being employed to make sense of the materiality of the information. 
  • Can passive and smart beta investors also be responsible investors?  In a world awash with sustainable passive products and strategies, how can investors make sense of the jargon to identify real prospects that align with their ESG, stewardship and return expectations?
  • To engage or divest?  Leaders from business and investment will explore whether it is better to cut allocations to ‘socially objectionable’ organisation, or to stay invested and promote change from within.
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Agenda - 3rd Nov

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks from the Chair
  • 9:10am
    Keynote: How has Covid-19 changed the outlook for ESG?

    As the world emerges from the pandemic crisis, where do ESG priorities sit, as investors seeks out much needed returns and companies look to rebuild?  How have priorities shifted during 2020, and have we seen a rebalancing of focus between environmental, social and governance factors as the virus took hold?  As key questions persist around risk vs opportunity, and value vs outcomes, are ESG factors still a bolt-on rather than being tightly integrated from the outset?

    David Blood, Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management LLP

  • 9:30am
    Leaders’ Panel: Is the investment world ready yet to make the shift away from short-termism to more patient capitalism?

    Following a turbulent year on markets, the practice of ‘quarterly capitalism’ continues to dominate the investment world despite going against the momentum of ESG integration into asset allocation and portfolios.  And after a period in which   Though priorities have shifted, what needs to change to encourage long-term sustainable growth to the benefit of all and is there appetite for this shift as shareholders seek out returns where they can?  Should asset owners and companies be the agents of long-term value creation, and if yes, at what cost?   In a world where short-termism, linked to compensation packages and annual performance is so pervasive, are portfolio managers, investment committees, and players along the entire investment value chain, ready to make the paradigm leap towards longer-term investing and returns?

    Magnus Billing, Chief Executive Officer, Alecta

    Claudia Chapman, Policy Advisor, Corporate Governance and Stewardship, Financial Reporting Council

    Claudia Kruse, Managing Director Global Responsible Investment and Governance, APG Asset Management

    Anne Simpson, Director, Board Governance and Strategy, CalPERS

  • 10:20am
    Morning refreshments
  • 10:50am
    Perspective: Stranded assets and carbon pricing – the next big challenge for investors?

    Are stranded assets physical assets, where the owners are unable to further fund development, and unable to sell if already developed? Does it end there or are there business models and activities, not asset-based, which are becoming stranded (equity) assets? Is the scope of stranded asset much broader than previously thought, and can existing carbon pricing markets provide a guide to which business models are stranded as sure as if they were a fracked high sulphur fuel deposits in a densely populated area?

    Kevin McGeeney, Chief Executive Officer, SCB Group

  • 11:10am
    Panel: Best practice corporate ESG disclosure – what should it look like?

    For ESG investors, sourcing quality information is an enormous challenge particularly as companies are not required to report on ESG performance.  As data is increasingly identified as a major stumbling block in truly mainstreaming ESG investing, has the time come for policy makers to move from encouraging to mandating corporate sustainability reporting, and standardising language and frameworks to ensure comparability?  What are the next steps to build on the work of the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TFCD), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy?  To what extent can a robust reporting processes be created by integrating financial and non-financial factors that can impact long-term corporate value and competitive advantage?  Who are the leaders and laggards in reporting, not just environmental issues, but also stewardship, engagement and reputation issues?

    Introductory remarks: Vanessa Harvard-Williams, Partner, Environmental and Climate Change, Linklaters

    Panelists:

    Carine Smith Ihenacho, Chief Corporate Governance Officer, Norges Bank Investment Management

    Caroline Laurie, Head of Sustainability, Kingfisher

    Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Novo Nordisk

  • 12:00pm
    Keynote: The key role of Government in aligning business, investment and sustainability

     

  • 12:25pm
    Fireside Chat

    Leon Kamhi, Head of Responsibility, Federated Hermes International

    in conversation with the FT

     

  • 12:45pm
    Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Panel: Can passive and smart beta investors also be responsible investors?

    The market is awash with sustainable passive investment strategies and fund opportunities as the industry seeks meet investor appetite with products to meet every interest and category.  However, in contrast to active strategies where investors may go to companies to discuss ESG considerations, ESG-themed passive or smart beta products rely on data from sustainability reports and third party providers.  On top of this the lack of consistency in language, standards and data still leave much room for manoeuvre in labeling and marketing.  How can investors look beyond the jargon to identify the real prospects that align with their ESG, stewardship and return expectations? As the industry learns as it goes, how is this market evolving beyond ESG screens?  To what extent are passive fund manager in a position to use their buying power to induce positive market change?

    Toby Belsom, Director of Investment Practices, Principles for Responsible Investment

    Claire Curtin, Head of ESG, Pension Protection Fund

    Nico Aspinall, Chief Investment Officer, B&CE, Provider of The People's Pension

  • 2:40pm
    Address
  • 3:00pm
    Insights - Getting the ESG metrics right by choosing the right metrics

    Data providers play an increasingly important role in gathering, assessing and scoring information about corporate ESG practices.   However this is a complex landscape, as the number of data providers grows, all with proprietary sourcing, research and measuring methodologies, which are often uncorrelated to traditional investment metrics.  How can investors navigate this environment and decide which philosophy is most accurate? Is greater transparency needed about how data is acquired, aggregated, weighted and analysed, and how materiality is defined?  In this session we hear from three data providers who share insights on the cutting edge innovations being developed to measure ESG

  • 3:40pm
    Networking break
  • 4:00pm
    Activism in Action Case Study

     

  • 4:25pm
    To engage or divest - what has the crisis taught us?

    The issue of activism is highly charged and complex for both equity and bond investors, and the response of companies to the Covid-19 pandemic has, if anything, intensified the subject.  The number of institutions committed to cutting fossil fuel, tobacco and other ‘socially objectionable’ allocations from their portfolios continues to grow, but alongside that is a growing view, led by some leading organisations, that it can be better to say invested and drive change in business practices.  What are the benefits and limitations of each approach, and where are the information gaps?  To what extent are concerns around returns, and fiduciary duty causing some funds to second guess their divestment policies in favour of engagement?  Without a vote at the table, what tools can fixed income investors use to influence management behaviour?

    Jen Field, Director of Social Impact, GLG

    Christina Olivecrona, Senior Sustainability Analyst, AP2; Chair, Council of Ethics of Swedish AP Funds

    Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

  • 5:15pm
    Concluding remarks: Next Steps and Action Points

    A summary of the day’s discussions and outline key take-aways and action points for all stakeholders, including concrete steps that could be taken to map the next stage of the ESG investing journey. These action points will be reviewed at the next event in 2021

  • 5:30pm
    Chairman’s closing remarks followed by networking reception for speakers, delegates and guests

Who Attends?

The FT Investing for Good Europe: Mainstreaming ESG complimentary passes are available to individuals who meet this criteria. If you would like to apply to attend, please complete the short application form*.

  • Private Investors or Private/Public (Principal, CEO, Director, Trustee, Board Member)
  • DC and DB Pension Funds, Endowments, SWFs, Insurance and other Institutional Investors (CIO, CFO, Director of Investments, Head of Responsible Investment)
  • Single Family Offices (FOX, CEO, CIO)
  • Multi-Family Offices (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research)

*Places are strictly limited and subject to approval by the Publisher.

A strictly limited number of paying places are available to senior representatives from consultancies and other professional service firms, including:

  • Private Equity Houses
  • Asset Management Firms
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  • Lawyers
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Federated Hermes is guided by the conviction that responsible investing is the best way to create long-term wealth. We provide specialised capabilities across equity, fixed income and private markets, in addition to multi-asset strategies and liquidity-management solutions. Through pioneering stewardship services, we engage companies on strategic and sustainability concerns to promote investors’ long-term performance and fiduciary interests. Our goals are to help individuals invest and retire better, help clients achieve better risk-adjusted returns, and to contribute to positive outcomes in the wider world. All activities previously carried out by Hermes Investment Management now form the international business of Federated Hermes.

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Aegon Asset Management is a group of active, engaged and responsible global investors. We aim to deliver competitive investment performance for our clients with appropriate levels of risk, supported by quality service. Our 380 investment professionals manage and advise on assets of EUR352 billion for a global client-base of pension plans, public funds, insurance companies, banks, wealth managers, family offices and foundations. We organize our investment capabilities around four focused platforms where we have deep asset-class expertise: fixed income, real assets, equities, and multi-asset & solutions. Each platform has dedicated teams, organized globally and charged with maximizing client benefit from their specialist areas. Underpinning our research-intensive approach is a strong commitment to responsible investment.

Building on our rich heritage of responsible investment stretching over 30 years, we’ve built a comprehensive responsible investment approach consisting of three pillars: ESG integration, active ownership and focused responsible investment solutions. As stewards of our clients’ capital, we think it’s prudent to consider all relevant and material risks and opportunities, including ESG factors, as part of comprehensive securities analysis. Therefore, incorporation of ESG factors is a core element of our investment analysis and stewardship activities. Beyond ESG integration and active ownership, we provide a range of focused responsible investment solutions. Through our comprehensive responsible investment activities, we aspire to help our clients pursue better long-term outcomes while contributing to sustainable capital markets and impactful economic activities. 

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GLG is the world’s knowledge marketplace. We connect decision makers to insights from experts, so they can act with the confidence that comes from true clarity. Our network of 700,000 professionals is the world’s largest and most varied source of first-hand expertise, and we recruit hundreds of new experts every day. We bring the power of insight to every great professional decision.

With 30 offices in 20 countries, Linklaters serves our clients as a team, with a common focus on innovation, efficiency and agility.

 

We are market leaders in advising on incoming Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements of investors and regulators, and how to manage evolving governance and disclosure requirements on climate and ESG financial risk issues.

 

Linklaters’ integrated ESG practice comprises sustainability, finance, corporate and pensions lawyers across the firm. We advise on all three strands of ESG, with particular expertise in the relevance of climate related financial risks to corporate or fund governance, risk management and disclosure obligations and in how to respond to activist campaigns. We have also undertaken governance reviews and advised on human rights, ABC risks and broader risk management. Our clients include governments, corporates, financial institutions, funds and asset managers.  We hold Band 1 rankings for each of sustainability, governance and pensions in the legal directories.

SCB Group is a world-leading commodity brokerage with a mission to promote the adoption of a low carbon future.  Its method is to assist buyers and sellers close trades in environmental products. In this context, SCB has over the last 13 years arranged transactions that have abated over 300 million MT of CO2 through activities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

 

SCB for over ten years has been the world’s largest biofuel broker, holding leading positions in physical and derivative markets including Biodiesel; Ethanol; Waste; Methanol; Carbon; Agriculture; Battery materials; LNG and Energy Derivatives.  SCB is the market leader in its core markets. SCB assists companies lower their CO2 footprint through carbon abatement programs and adopting low carbon alternatives.

 

SCB has a stable, diverse, aligned management team and strong Board, and has a positive, progressive business culture

 

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About Global Sustain™

Since 2006, Global Sustain provides a wide range of services and solutions to support its members and clients succeeding triple bottom line results. Based in London and Athens, with offices in Berlin, Brussels, London, New York and Nicosia, Global Sustain offers innovative online and off-line services related to sustainability, corporate responsibility, responsible investing, green economy, business ethics and excellence, transparency, human rights and accountability. Its members include corporations, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, municipalities and local authorities, academic institutions, media, professional bodies, service providers, chambers, think tanks and other public or private entities. Global Sustain: 

 

  • Facilitates synergies among members, between the corporate and third sectors as well as key stakeholders.
  • Effectively communicates CSR and sustainability news, reports, events and information on behalf of members and clients, with a global audience.
  • Is a UN Global Compact signatory and founding member of the Global Compact Network Hellas since 2008 and member of United Nations Global Compact Network Belgium, since November 2012.
  • Is a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative.
  • Is a member and partner of leading global media organisations such as CSRwire, Inc., Ethical Performance, Business Wire etc.
  • Is a GRI Gold Partner.
  • Has financed 24 charitable projects carried out by Global Sustain NGO members to date.
  • Participates in, presents at and officially supports local, regional and international conferences, events and exhibitions organised by prestigious companies and organisations, including Economist Conferences, Ethical Corporation, FT Business, Social Capital Media - SOCAP/Europe, Transparency International, TBLI Conference B.V., EBD Group AG, Institute of Directors (IOD) India, Enterprise Asia and many others.
  • Organises conferences and events, including the Sustainability Forum, a training, networking and professional development event.
  • Conducts research on sustainability, CSR, the green economy and the third sector for members and clients.
  • Operates as a 100% carbon neutral firm.
  • Has published ten (10) Yearbooks to date.
  • Can be followed on Twitter (@GlSustain), Facebook (Global Sustain), LinkedIn (Global Sustain), Instagram (Global Sustain) and YouTube (Global Sustain).

 

Website: www.globalsustain.org

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) is the European membership body for investor collaboration on climate change and the voice of investors taking action for a prosperous, low-carbon future. IIGCC has more than 230 members, mainly pension funds and asset managers, across 15 countries, with over €30 trillion in assets under management.

Our mission is to mobilise capital for the low carbon transition and to ensure resilience to the impacts of a changing climate by collaborating with business, policy makers and fellow investors. IIGCC works to support and help define the public policies, investment practices and corporate behaviours that address the long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Members consider it a fiduciary duty to ensure stranded asset risk or other losses from climate change are minimised and that opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy – such as renewable energy, new technologies and energy efficiency – are maximised.

For more information visit www.iigcc.org and @iigccnews.

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