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Event Date Thu Oct 20 BST (in 9 months)
In your timezone (EST): Wed Oct 19 7:00pm - Wed Oct 19 7:00pm
Location etc.venues St Paul's
200 Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC1A 4HD, UK
Region EMEA

Impact investing challenges the view that institutional investors must focus on purely financial factors in order to achieve their strategic investment goals. The seminar will help to shape the response of the pension fund sector to an increased awareness of the opportunities presented by impact investing.

• See how investing with impact can help deliver positive outcomes for investors and for society as a whole
• Hear from some of the leading lights in the sector
• Connect with today’s thought leaders
• See how you and your peers can change the culture of investing

Topics to be covered include:
Measuring impact, introducing an impact strategy to a portfolio, choosing an impact manager. The summit will provide genuine insight into the likely shape of investment thinking for the future of impact investing.

Impact investing to accelerate the decarbonisation of our economy
We can discuss how pension fund capital and long-term savings can be utilised in response to the climate emergency, to help companies to be more sustainable and ultimately for our society to achieve net zero carbon. It is this ‘decarbonisation’ of our environment that presents one of the greatest challenges and also one of the greatest thematic opportunities for investors in the next years ahead. It sits across the entire portfolio: public and private markets exposure, and we will share examples of how these can be implemented in practice.

Net Zero – Why is 2050 so important and how can we get there?
What is the reality of net zero targets for the companies we invest in, institutional investors and investment managers? How do offsets work and are they always relevant? What is the effect of engagement and divestment? Can you create a net zero portfolio or is more required from investment managers?

Just transition to recovery
The pandemic has had a global impact on people, economy, politics and societal outlook. It has created divides and brought people together. As we come out of the pandemic, hopefully, how can your investment help with economic recovery that is just and fair to the whole of society and enables companies to grow sustainable and have positive impact?

Impact from fixed income
When pension funds need to take equity off the table to reduce risk or increase diversification or start to move to buyouts how can they be assured that the same attention is being given to fixed income investments and is the approach to RI, ESG and Impact considerations any different from equity? What are the opportunities and what are the pitfalls?

Not the usual markets – The opportunities and challenges
How can you get diversified investment opportunities while avoiding the challenges that come from investing in more unusual markets or those that are perceived to be controversial? How can the RI, ESG and Impact principles be successfully applied? Should more money be channeled to these areas in order to “resolve” the controversies and thereby increase the opportunity for additional impact investing and to improve ESG credentials?

Placed based investing
For many years there has been recognition of regional inequality, with the North South Divide phrase being used as a proxy to express but it goes much further than that and our government has recognized there is a need to ”level-up”. Here we showcase some of the new and different investments opportunities that are available around the UK.

Rating agencies and tools – What is the truth and when is it true?
As part of the investment evaluation and risk management process rating sources are often used either developed by independent companies or bespoke systems developed by investment management companies. The financial safety of a company / product is usually very similar but when it comes to the ESG credentials these can vary considerably – why is this the case and how can investors know what is valid or not?

Impact Investing Institute – What has been achieved and what can we look forward to
The Impact Investing Institute was launched in October 2019, and is working in the UK and internationally, and is at the forefront of the emerging consensus that capital can and should deliver for people and planet. They exist to encourage more investment made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. In this session we hear about the work to date, achievements and plans for the future.

“Green Investments” – Has the development in taxonomy and regulation helped?
With the definition of “green” still being disputed in Europe, many cooks developing their own recipes for measuring impact, disclosure regulation and good practice continuing to grow – we are at risk of being hoodwinked by green/ESG/Impact/Net Zero washing. Our panel will try to let you see the wood for the trees.

Natural Capital – A growing investment opportunity
Natural capital is the elements of nature that directly and indirectly produce benefits (or value) to people. There is an economic case for governments around the world to progress improvement projects that are likely to be most beneficial to society but are these investable in terms of an institutional investor. Our panel discuss the range across the investment spectrum.

Private Equity – How have private markets adapted to investors needs for clarity on ESG integration?
Private Equity is often an area where investors expect a higher level of “failures” and starts up are excused from the expectations of public market organisations – this feels an outdated view, so what has changed in private equity to meet the growing demand for all asset classes to integrate ESG and for disclosure on impact?


2021 Past Speakers

Laure Villepelet
Head of ESG/CSR, Tikehau Capital

Oliver Grayer
Corporate Programme Director, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Marion Maloney
Policy, Governance & Risk Manager, Environment Agency

Randeep Somel
Fund Manager, M&G Investments

Jan Anton van Zanten
SDG Strategist, Robeco

James Alexander
Chief Executive, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association

Áine Clarke
Investor Engagement Manager, ShareAction

Habib Subjally
Head of Global Equities, RBC Asset Management

James Briggs
Corporate Credit Portfolio Manager, Janus Henderson Investors

Andrien Meyers
Head of Pensions Investments, London Borough of Sutton

My-Linh Ngo
Head of ESG Investment, Portfolio Manager, BlueBay Asset Management