8:15 – 9:15 Breakfast and networking time in exhibition and refreshments room
9:15 – 9:20 Chairman’s opening remarks
9:20 – 10:00 Keynote speaker: The opportunities and risks for companies in positioning themselves as socially responsible: insights from academic research
Confirmed: Jean-Pascal Gond, Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, Cass Business School, City, University of London
10:00 – 11:00 Panel Q&A: What are some best practice examples of ESG across the following asset classes:
- Smart Beta
- Regional and global equity
- Emerging markets
- Private markets
Confirmed: Faith Ward, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership
Confirmed: Mikko Venermo, Lead Adviser, Environment & Sustainability, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Confirmed: Patrick O’Hara, Responsible Investment Analyst, Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)
Proposed sponsor tbc
11:00 – 11:30 Talking Tables: workshop round 1*: see final page for topics
11:30 – 11:50 Networking break in exhibition and refreshments room
11:50 – 12:15 Sponsor presentation: A practical approach towards ESG implementation
Confirmed: Wim van Hyfte, Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research, Candriam Investors Group
Confirmed: Fawzy Salarbux, Global Head of Consultant Relations, Candriam Inestors Group
12:15 – 13:15 Talking Tables: workshop rounds 2 and 3*: see final page for topics
13:15 – 14:05 Buffet lunch in exhibition and refreshments room
14:05 – 14:55 Panel discussion: The ‘PLC’ case for an ESG-driven business
Confirmed: Terry Thistlethwaite, Vice President of Sustainability, Croda
Confirmed: Tom Salisbury, Senior Sustainable Business Manager, Transparency, Vodafone Group
Confirmed: Toby Belsom, Head of Investor Research & Analytics, ShareAction
Topics to be covered:
- The commercial value of ESG
- The challenge of incorporating ESG into your commercial activities
- Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFDs)
14:55 – 15:25 Talking Tables: workshop round 4*: see final page for topics
15:25 – 15:40 Networking break in exhibition and refreshments room
15:40 – 16:20 Panel discussion: Transparency, due diligence, reporting and monitoring – ensuring the manager is following through with your ESG principles
Confirmed: Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Confirmed: Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England
Confirmed: Michael Marshall, Director of Responsible Investment and Engagement, LGPS Central
16:20 – 17:00 Keynote speaker: Ensuring the development impact of the increasing flow of finance towards the SDGs – the criticality of ESG
Confirmed: Tony Burdon, Head of Private Sector Department, Department for International Development (DFID)
Keynote speech to be followed by Q&A session
17:00 – 17:10 Closing remarks
17:10 – 18:30 Drinks reception in exhibition and refreshments room
*Talking Tables: workshop format and subjects
Our Talking Tables workshops form a unique aspect of our summits and allow insurance investment professionals the opportunity to engage with one another on subjects they’ve stated they’re interested in, during our background research phase. Sponsors may host a series of Talking Table workshops.
Five topics from those listed below will be covered during the summit. All the listed subjects were put forward by senior asset owner investment group officers as part of a market research project we carried out to draft the summit agenda.
Should a sponsor wish to put forward a subject for consideration that is not listed below, then we are open to additional topics. However, only subjects that we believe operational professionals will actively participate in will be seriously considered and accepted.
For more information on the workshops, please contact Noel Hillmann at email@example.com
Topics of interest:
1. Drilling down into ESG and private equity: case studies and best practice
2. What are ‘Green Bonds’ trying to achieve?
3. Paradise Papers and investments: what this means for ESG
4. Sustainable Development Goals: expectations for investors
5. ESG factoring and Smart Beta: examining the science and methods in more detail
6. How do you define and create a ‘sustainable portfolio’?
7. ESG and fiduciary duty: does being ethical truly mitigate risk and provide return?
8. ESG and property due diligence: best practice
9. Developing a better relationship between GPs, LPs and PLCs when integrating ESG
10. Contextualising ESG within different asset classes: isn’t it all the same?
11. How to communicate the complexity of ESG to your members and the public
12. Should investors help narrow wealth inequality in the UK?