UNEP FI to play significant role at ‘PRI in Person’ conference

8-10 September 2015 | ICC, Excel Centre, London

UNEP FI is set to play a key role at the 2015 ‘PRI in Person’ conference in London. This three day conference will bring together investors from across the world to discuss the full range of responsible investment issues and challenges. UNEP FI will provide key inputs to the following events:

Tuesday, 8th September

Side Event: London Stock Exchange Bell Ringing
Launch of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative model guidance on reporting ESG information to investors.

7.30am – 9.15am Attendees already confirmed include: Mark Makepeace (CEO FTSE Group), Ceres, Aviva, Bovespa, Threadneedle, as well as Gavin Power, Deputy Director, UN Global Compact and Martin Skanke, Chair of PRI Chair.

Side event: Launch of a new tool to incorporate water risk in corporate bonds valuation followed by a roundtable discussion on water-related financial risks.

4.30pm – 5.30pm Financial sector experts will discuss the growing importance of water risk to companies in high-use sectors and present a new Excel-based tool to evaluate corporate bond exposure to water stress. The tool has been developed and tested with seven banks and fund managers across Europe, the US and Latin America. The project was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Speakers will include representatives from the following organizations:

  • BMZ
  • PRI
  • Robeco
  • Standard & Poor’s
  • GIZ
  • VfU
  • NCD

Existing and potential signatories can register for this side event.

Wednesday, 9th September

Main event: Responsible investment in fixed income: best practice case studies from across the globe (ESG Integration stream)

11am – 12pm Fixed income practitioners discuss why and how they integrate ESG into fixed income and what the outcomes are Moderator:

  • Jon Hay, Editor, Corporate Finance, Global Capital

Speakers:

  • Robert McConnaughey, Global Head of Research, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Michael Ridley, Consultant, GIZ/NCD/UNEP FI
  • Edith Siermann, CIO – Fixed Income, Robeco
  • Alex Struc, Executive VP, Senior Portfolio Manager, PIMCO

Main event: Launch of the report “Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century”

11.00am – 12.00pm Speakers:

  • Marcel Barros, Executive Director, PREVI, Brazil
  • Robert G. Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, Chairman, Arabesque Asset Management, US
  • Amane Fujimoto, Deputy Director, Corporate Accounting & Disclosure Division, Financial Services Agency, Japan

Main Event: Putting a price on climate disasters: how do insurers do it?

3.15pm – 4.15pm Leading insurers explain their methodology of how they calculate disasters. Moderator:

  • Butch Bacani, Programme Lead,UNEP FI

Speakers:

  • Robert Muir-Wood, Chief Research Officer, RMS
  • Andreas Spiegel, Head Sustainability & Political Risk, Swiss Re

Thursday, 10th September

Main event: Tacking climate change through your real estate portfolio with energy efficiency and green building

8.30am – 09:15am An overview of the increasing regulatory drivers for investing in sustainable and energy efficient buildings will be followed by case studies and an interactive discussion of how investors can drive widespread industry adoption in this area. Moderator:

  • Tatiana Bosteels, Head of Responsible Property Management at Hermes Investment Management

Speakers:

  • Jon Collinge, Senior Sustainability Manager, Investment Management at Lend Lease
  • Don Jordison, Managing Director, Property, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Shami Nissan, Head of Responsible Investment at Actis

Session format:

  • Regulatory drivers: Tatiana will give an overview of the policy framework to this topic – EEFIG and G20 – (5-7 minutes)
  • Business case and implementation: the three speakers will discuss how this translates into practice through energy efficiency and green building initiatives with concrete examples and a discussion of impact on investment performance (20 minutes)
  • Asset owner engagement: the discussion will then turn to how asset owners can assess and monitor their property investment managers on these practices. With input from the audience – Tatiana will be calling on pre-nominated asset owners – the panellists will discuss how asset owners can factor ESG into their real estate portfolio; how can they effectively select and monitor managers on ESG criteria (with reference to IIGCC Guide and upcoming UNEP FI PWG work); and their own experience of interacting with their asset owner clients and how they communicate their ESG performance. (15-20 minutes)