Geneva, Switzerland
16 – 18 October 2017


The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is partnering with Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) to hold the UNEP FI Regional Roundtable in Europe on 16 – 18 October 2017 in the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG Geneva), Switzerland.

In this landmark year of UNEP FI’s 25th anniversary, the Regional Roundtable will provide an opportunity for actors in the sustainable finance community to come together from across Europe to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practice.

Sustainable finance is at a critical juncture in Europe, with the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance gaining traction on integrating environmental, social and governance issues into the financial system, and enabling banks, insurers and asset managers to take a stronger role in leading the growth of sustainable finance.


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  Open to All Participants (UNEP FI Members and Non-Members)  
Scroll down for members-only sessions.

09:00 - 15:45Principles of Sustainable Insurance (PSI) European Market Event
Venue: Room 3 level 0

- Welcome remarks and the evolution of the Principles for Sustainable Insurance
- Creating Insurance Development Goals for Cities
- Integration environmental, social and governance issues into the insurance business
- Developing an environmental risk management tool for the insurance industry
- Building inclusive insurance markets to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- The insurance industry's role in promoting good health and a healthy environment

Link to the Agenda

Michael Bruch, Head of Emerging Trends & ESG Business Services, Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality
Esther Delbourg, Chief of Staff, Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, AXA
Amandine Favier, Senior Adviser Sustainable Finance, WWF Switzerland
Linda Freiner, Group Head of Corporate Responsibility, Zurich Insurance Group
David Patterson, WWF-SIGHT Analyst, WWF UK
Liesbeth van der Kruit, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Achmea
Craig Churchill, Team Leader, International Labour Organization’s Impact Insurance Facility
Katharine Pulvermacher, Executive Director, Microinsurance Network
Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva plc
Esther Delbourg, Chief of Staff, Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, AXA
Chris Oullette, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship, Manulife

16:00 - 18:00Impactful Wealth Management
Venue: Room 3 level 0

Side-Event by Swiss Sustainable Finance

Swiss Sustainable Finance will give the audience the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the topic of Sustainable Investing and how it is influencing the private wealth management market. Based on a 2017 SSF publication on this theme, expert speakers will discuss what the demand looks like and how it is driving the development of innovative actors, and hence products, in the field.

Sabine Döbeli, CEO, Swiss Sustainable Finance
Kelly Hess, Project Manager, Swiss Sustainable Finance
Bertrand Gacon, Head SRI and Impact Investing, Lombard Odier
Philip Walker, Managing Director Africa, Obviam
Roland Dominicé, CEO, Symbiotics
Johnny El Hachem, CEO, Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity
Olivier Rousset, Head Impact Investments, Credit Suisse

Angela de Wolff, Partner, Conser Invest
18:00 - 18:30Walking Tour: Through the Broken Chair Sculpture and the UN Palais des Nations
Meeting Point: CICG Registration Counter, Level 0
18:30 - 21:3025th Anniversary Celebration Reception*
Venue: Hall XIV, Palais des Nations (Entrance from Pregny Gate)

Recognizing the growth of the sustainable finance agenda since UNEP FI’s launch in 1992 and the role of members in providing leadership.

Master of Ceremony
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment
Sabine Döbeli, CEO, Swiss Sustainable Finance
Scott Vaughan, President & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Advisor, UNEP Finance Initiative / CEO, Green Finance Organization Japan

UNEP FI Members
Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva plc

*By invitation only. Please note that identification (ID) is required by Palais des Nations security to enter the building.


  Open for UNEP FI Members Only  

10:00 - 13:00
Property Working Group Working Day Meeting

The Property Working Group will meet to review recent progress and discuss its work plan for the coming year, including an investment framework for Positive Impact in real estate and energy efficiency finance. New initiatives that may be jointly developed with UNEP FI banking members for green debt and securities will also be discussed

Chaired by
Tatiana Bosteels, Director Responsibility and Head of Responsible Property Investment, Hermes Investment
10:00 - 14:00
Banking Committee Meeting
(for UNEP FI Banking Committee members only)

Simone Dettling, UNEP FI
14:00 – 16:00

Property Working Group Meeting opens for all UNEP FI Banking Members
16:00 - 18:00
Property Working Group Working Day Meeting (continued)
16:00 - 18:00
Banking Town-Hall Meeting
(for all UNEP FI banking members)

This session, which opens to all UNEP FI Banking members, will discuss about the preliminary feedback on Review Statement of Commitment. The agenda also includes presentation and discussion on the Sustainability Dashboard and thematic flagship projects for 2018. The session will ends with discussion around 2018 Banking Work plan.

Simone Dettling, UNEP FI
16:00 - 18:00
Investment Committee Meeting

The Investment Committee will review the UNEP FI investment programme of work and priorities for 2018-2019.

Elodie Feller, UNEP FI

 Main Events Open to All Participants (AGM – UNEP FI Members Only) 

Master of Ceremony: Georg Kell, Chairman, Arabesque
08:15 - 08:45Lightning Rounds
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis level 1

Start the day with inspiration!
These presentations will highlight innovations and tools that are helping to align finance with sustainability.

Topics & Speakers
♦ Conservation Finance Simon Stücheli, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability Affairs, Credit Suisse
♦ Impact Bonds Fabio Sofia, Head of Portfolio Advisory, Symbiotics
♦ Climetrics Laurent Babikian, Director Investor Engagement, CDP Europe

Hugh Whelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor
09:00 - 09:30Opening and Keynote
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis level 1

MC Remarks:
Georg Kell, Chairman, Arabesque

Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of UN Environment New York Office
Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

René van de Kieft, CEO, MN
09:30 - 10:40Progress on Sustainable Finance (and the Long Road Ahead)
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis level 1

Although the sustainable finance agenda has made progress, particularly on the back of the Paris Climate Accord and UN 2030 Agenda, the world is in a more precarious situation today, geopolitically, environmentally and socially, than ever before.

The question this panel will consider is whether sustainability considerations, both the risks and opportunities, are at an inflection point today within the finance industry towards creating the scale of capital mobilisation necessary to halt global climate change and attain the SDGs.

Antoni Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA
Zelda Bentham, Group Head of Sustainability, Aviva plc
Leon Kamhi, Head of Responsibility, Hermes Investment Management
Roelfien Kuijpers, Head of Responsible Investments and Strategic Relationships, Deutsche Asset Management
Jane Wilkinson, Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Eric Usher, Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
10:40 - 11:00Networking Break
Engage with the high-level participants over coffee.
The next part of the Roundtable will explore scenarios, future strategies
and focus on forward-looking approaches.
11:00 - 12:00The Paris Agreement, the TCFD and beyond: managing risk, seizing opportunity & enabling the climate economic transition
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis level 1

The Paris Agreement envisions the almost complete decarbonisation of the global economy by the second half of the century, and will require that public and private financial flows are rechannelled to finance a steady but smooth transition to a climate-compatible economy.

In parallel, the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), is asking financial and non-financial corporations, as well as asset owners, to carefully assess and disclose how their organizations are likely to be impacted by climate change and how they are planning to respond.

This session will answer the following questions:
• What can financial institutions do to tackle the intertwined challenges of not only weathering—but actually benefiting from and enabling—the transition to the low-carbon and climate-resilient economy of the future?
• How can they work together with governments, legislators, and their clients and investees to achieve these goals?

Olivier Rousseau, Executive Director, Fonds de Réserve pour Les Retraites (The French Pension Reserve Fund)
Liselotte Arni, Head of Environmental and Social Risk, UBS
Jakob Thomae, Director, 2° Investing Initiative Germany

David Pitt-Watson, Former Co-Chair of UNEP Finance Initiative
12:00 - 13:00Dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Finance & Positive Impact
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis level 1

An estimated $5-7 trillion a year until 2030 are needed to realize the Sustainable Development Goals worldwide, from both public and private sources. In 2015 UNEP FI released the Positive Impact Manifesto based on the belief that SDG impacts can become the source of a vibrant market and that private finance has an active role to play in bringing it about. This session will bring together leading figures on the topic of SDG finance from both public and private organizations for a focused dialogue on the different avenues for promoting and enabling private SDG finance and how these approaches could best be coordinated for maximum impact.

Denis Childs, Head of Positive Impact Finance and Environmental and Social Advisory, Société Générale
Christopher Flensborg, Head of Climate & Sustainable Finance, SEB
Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, Index Initiative
Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Careen Abb, UNEP Finance Initiative
13:00 - 13:15Fireside Chat on the “Casablanca statement on financial centres and sustainability”
Venue: Room 1bis

Nick Robins, Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova and Chair of Paris’ Finance for Tomorrow initiative
13:15 - 13:20Announcement of the 2018 Global Roundtable
Venue: Room 1bis
13:20 - 14:45Networking Lunch
Venue: Foyer outside room 1bis, catered by M!P Restaurant on Level 1
13:50 – 14:40Annual General Meeting (Members only)
Engaging members from around the world in making key strategic and operational decisions, in celebrating the previous year’s progress and in looking ahead to the work programme for the coming year.

Christian Thimann, UNEP FI Co-Chair, Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight, AXA
14:45 - 15:45Dialogue with Regulators/Policy-Makers
Plenary Session
Venue: Room 1bis level 1

This dialogue with will cover key policy and regulatory developments for creating an enabling environment for sustainable finance in Europe

Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf, Head of the Private Sector Development Division in the Economic Development Cooperation Directorate, SECO
Richard Mattison, Managing Director and CEO, Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices
Willemijn Verdegaal,Senior Advisor Responsible Investment & Governance, MN
James Vaccaro, Director of Strategy, Triodos Bank

Nick Robins, Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
15:45 - 16:15Networking Break
Engage with the high-level participants over coffee.
16:15 - 17:40Parallel Session 1 - Venue: Room 5 level 3
Environmental Resilience and the Finance Sector

The environment ultimately underpins all human activity as climate change, combined with human activities contribute to the depletion and degradation of natural resources and create environmental-related risks to economies. The effects include lowered resilience to catastrophic events, such as drought or typhoons, and the inability to maintain and grow critical parts of the economy.

Momentum is growing to understand and address environmental sources of financial risk. This session offers an opportunity to gain insight into the importance of environmental resilience in the finance sector from a broad selection of actors.

Madeleine Ronquest, Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management, FirstRand
Miroslav Petkov, Director, Head of Financial Services Environmental and Climate Risk Research, S&P Global Ratings
Richard Burrett, Partner, Earth Capital Partners
Linda Freiner, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Zurich Insurance Group

Peter Koegler, Director, Corporate and Ecosystem Finance from Conservation International - Europe
Parallel Session 2 - Venue: Room 6 level 3
Financing Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency already represents a significant investment opportunity, with more than USD 221 billion of new energy efficiency investment occurring globally. In the EU, the European Commission has decided to put energy efficiency front and center in the implementation of its contributions to the Paris Agreement, and has identified energy efficiency as the first fuel for the EU economy.

Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) in its first phase determined that risk and value are the two key drivers of enhanced energy efficiency investment, and consequently has produced two key tools for financial institutions to increase their engagement with energy efficiency; The EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit (Risk and Value Appraisal Framework) and The De-Risking Energy Efficiency Platform.

Paula Rey-Garcia,Team Leader, Buildings and Finance, Directorate General for Energy, European Commission
Tatiana Bosteels,Director Responsibility and Head of Responsible Property, Hermes Investment
James Vaccaro,Director of Strategy, Triodos Bank
Paul Cullum,Product Development Manager, HSB Engineering Insurance Limited, Munich-Re

Peter Sweatman,G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group Rapporteur, Climate Strategy & Partners
Parallel Session 3 - Venue: Room 13 level 2
A Rights-Based Approach to Sustainable Finance

Since the unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), various stakeholder groups – businesses, civil society, intergovernmental platforms – have been working on clarifying the practical implications of the ‘responsibility respect human rights’ for financial institutions. At the same time, in their journey to sustainability, financial institutions are increasingly showing willingness to contribute to the achievement of global priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. How do these efforts come together in a coherent human rights-aligned sustainable finance agenda? The session will provide an overview of industry efforts from the region to advance the implementation of the UNGPs, and will discuss how to connect - from a human rights perspective - the various sustainability-driven actions of financial institution, to ultimately arrive at an inclusive, rights-based sustainable finance agenda.

Maria Anne van Dijk, Head of Environmental Social & Ethical Risk & Policy, ABN AMRO
Lucia Rückner, Senior Consultant Corporate Responsibility, Munich Re
Marc Bichler, Luxembourg Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights & Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Luxembourg
Daniel Neale, Programme Director, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Sabina Timco Iacazzi, Lead, Social Issues and Human Rights, UNEP Finance Initiative
17:40 - 18:00Closing Keynote
Plenary Keynote Session
Venue: Room 1bis level 1
A round up of the conference with a focus on forthcoming policy and regulatory
developments such as the finalisation of the High Level Expert Group recommendation and expected European Commission's actions henceforth and implementation processes of the TCFD recommendations

Christian Thimann,UNEP FI Co-Chair, Group Head of Regulation, Sustainability and Insurance Foresight, AXA
Eric Usher,Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

MC Remarks
Georg Kell,Chairman, Arabesque

Parallel Sessions: Members only
09:00 - 14:00Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Working Session
09:00 - 16:30Positive Impact Members’ Meeting
UNEP FI Global Steering Committee Members Only
09:00 - 16:30UNEP FI Global Steering Committee Meeting