Guildhall, 71 Basinghall St, London EC2V 7HH, UK

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Event Date Mon Apr 25 BST (28 days ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Sun Apr 24 7:00pm - Sun Apr 24 7:00pm
Location Guildhall
71 Basinghall St, London EC2V 7HH, UK
Region EMEA

At COP26, 450 financial institutions responsible for US$130 trillion of assets pledged their commitment to rapid decarbonisation. The UN’s climate champions said these companies could deliver 70 per cent of all the investments needed to reach net zero by 2050.

While greeted with a degree of scepticism in some quarters, it is undoubtedly true that financial institutions are undergoing a radical transformation and that climate change is at the top of boardroom agendas in financial centres across the world. Under pressure from regulators, shareholders, customers, employees and the wider stakeholder community, financial institutions are engaged not only in decarbonising themselves, but also examining how they can influence high-carbon clients to go green. A degree of self-interest is also at play: if an asset manager or bank continues to lend to or invest in declining industries, such as those involved in the extraction or processing of hydrocarbons, they are putting themselves at increased financial risk. The challenge, of course, is how to do all of this without carbon-intensive assets being transferred to less transparent parts of the market.

This event s being convened in order to consider both the opportunities and challenges facing the financial services industry at this critical juncture in its development. It brings together a stellar cast of well-known experts, drawn from the worlds of politics, finance and climate change, to discuss all the key issues in the round, to find solutions to the main challenges and to discuss the opportunities that climate change presents to agile players who are prepared to think through their strategies, not just in the sense of coping with immediate requirements, but with a view to benefiting in the longer term from this seismic shift in the world around them.

Programme Themes:
• Making London the world’s first net zero financial centre
• Rewiring the entire global financial system for net zero
• Meeting the challenge of financing climate transition in developing economies
• Tackling climate change in China and SE Asia - the role of the financial sector
• Aligning portfolios with the Paris Agreement
• Carbon taxes versus carbon markets
• ESG investing: scoping and sourcing ESG data, taxonomies and greenwashing
• The role of finance in taking the Earthshot prize winners and their peers to the next stage of their development
• The U.S. climate change agenda
• Towards standardisation in climate change reporting
• Natural capital: progress towards nature-based financial disclosures
• Add - Climate change risk management and mitigation
• From COP26 to COP27 – implications for the global financial community
• New models for financing innovative climate technologies: the Breakthrough Energy Catalyst

Who should attend?
Chairmans, CEOs, CSOs, CIOs, Global Heads/Heads of ESG, Climate Change, Sustainability, Risk, Responsible Investment from banks, asset managers, advisory firms, senior governmental representatives.


2022 Speakers

Tim Adams
President and CEO, The Institute of International Finance

Bim Afolami MP
Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Financial Markets & Services

Odile Françoise Renaud-Basso
President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Bridget Beals
Partner, Co-Head of Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy, KPMG UK

David Blood
Founding and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management

Claudia A. Bolli
Head of Responsible Investing, Swiss Re

Sandra Boss
Global Head of Investment Stewardship and Senior Managing Director, BlackRock

Sarah Breeden
Executive Director, Financial Stability Strategy and Risk, Member of the Financial Policy Committee

Dr. Zhao Changwen
Director General, Industrial Economy, Development Research Center of the State Council of China

David Craig
Senior Advisor LSEG, Co-Chair, Task Force for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures

Geoff Cutmore
Anchor, CNBC

Clare Davies
Global ESG Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, BNY Mellon

Paul Dickinson
Founder Chair, CDP

Luke Ellis
CEO, Man Group

Emmanuel Faber
Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)

John Glen MP
Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister

John Green
Chief Commercial Officer Ninety One

Jonah Goldman
Managing Director, Breakthrough Energy

Rt Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith
Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment, FCDO

Jonathan Herbst
Global Head of Financial Services, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Dr Celine Herweijer
Group Chief Sustainability Officer, HSBC

Ingrid Holmes
Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

Leslie Hook
Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times

Dr Steve Howard
Chief Sustainability Officer, Temasek

Nasreen Kasenally
Chief Risk Officer, UBS Asset Management & Group EMEA & Sustainability

Alderman Vincent Keaveny
Lord Mayor of the City of London

Margaret Kuhlow
Global Finance Practice Leader, WWF International

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Dr Richard Mattison
President, S&P Global Sustainable1, CEO, S&P Global Trucost

Tim Mohin
Executive Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Persefoni

Mark Napier
CEO, FSD Africa

Giles Neville
Chief Executive Officer Channel Islands, Cazenove Capital

Jarek Olszowka
Head of Sustainable Finance, Nomura

Curtis Ravenel
Founding Member, TCFD Secretariat, and Senior Advisor to Mark Carney, COP26 Finance Advisor the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force

Robin Rix
Chief Legal, Policy and Markets Officer, Verra

Joseph Pinto
CEO, Natixis Investment Managers International, Head of Distribution for Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific

Lauren Smart
Chief Commercial Officer, S&P Global Sustainable1

Sylvain Vanston
Executive Director, Climate Investment Research

Steve Waygood
Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

Bill Winters
Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered

Dr Helena Wright
Policy Director, FAIRR Initiative

Mike Zehetmayr
Data and Technology Sustainable Finance Leader, EY