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Register for this FREE webinar to learn where the global ESG risks lie, the investment strategies required to address them and the role of the SDGs in building a resilient future. Attend to understand how capturing and benchmarking corporate performance against the SDGs provides myriad challenges, including: Standardisation - what metrics are we using? Transparency - verification of what’s reported; Disclosure - voluntary v mandatory; Measuring action not intention.
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The Global Responsible Investing Virtual Summit
19 November 2020
Morning session 9.30-11.00am GMT (London)
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Social risk and resilience
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Keynote: Fiona Reynolds, CEO Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a UN supported organisation with more than 2,800 signatories representing over US $90 trillion in AUM. Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years’ experience in financial services. She joined the PRI from Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, where she spent 7 years as CEO. Fiona serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact, is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the UN Business for Peace Steering Committee, the Global Steering Committee for the investor agenda on climate action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100+. Fiona has been a member of the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce and is on the Advisory Board for the UK Green Finance Centre. In 2018 Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability by Barron’s magazine.
James Corah, Head of Ethical and Responsible Investment CCLA Investment Management
James Corah is responsible for maintaining CCLA’s as a leader in responsible investment and active ownership. During his 10 years at CCLA James has worked to develop an A+ Rated approach to ESG integration in listed equity and property investment and has led engagement programmes that have delivered demonstrable change on human rights and a variety of other ESG issues.
James also served as Secretary to the Church Investors Group (a group of over 70 institutional Church Investors predominately in the UK who have assets of approximately £20bn). In 2012, James was made an Industrial Fellow, attached to the School of Geography, at the University of Nottingham. In 2020, he was named one of Financial News’ Rising Stars of Asset Management.
George Harrington, Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
George Harrington began his professional journey in the UK before moving to the Netherlands in 2016. For the last 3 years, working with GRI’s Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement team, he is responsible for GRI’s stakeholder relations in European and Northern African countries. George also coordinates the Online Program for the diverse GRI Community, which delivers meaningful content to the global network.
Elisabetta joined Vigeo Eiris in August 2011. Since then she has been working as analyst within the Finance pole specialized on the Insurance sector. Presently Manager of the Human Resources Thematic Group and Sustainable Development Goals Product Manager, she works on portfolio analysis for Italian clients. Elisabetta also had significant work experiences in London and Brussels (PIRC – Pensions and Investment Research Consultants – , Corporate Social Responsibility Unit of DG Enterprise and Industry EU) and holds an MSc in Social Development Practice (UCL-University College London).
Moderator: Colleen Theron, CEO Ardea International
Colleen is a tri qualified lawyer. She has over 25 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors on both a strategic and operational level and provides training and online resources to both directors and employees on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Colleen has a LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen. She recently published a chapter ‘Modern Slavery and Transparency in Supply Chains- the Role of Business’ in The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice in the UK’. She sits on the advisory board for LexisPSL Environment and was nominated as one of the Top 100 Corporate Modern slavery influencers in the UK in 2018.
The webinar will last 90 minutes and includes a question and answer session. At the point of registration you will have the opportunity to submit questions you would like to our speakers to respond to on the live webinar.
Unable to join us on the day? We will record this webinar. If you are unable to attend live, please register and we will send you a link to the recording after the webinar and a link to download the speakers’ presentations and other outputs.
Covid-19 has exposed weaknesses in our social fabric that will have profound long-term implications on our ability to understand and manage the economic, environmental and societal risks we face. Central to building a resilient future is the need for investment strategies to truly understand and address the global risks, and to do so with a long-term vision that is aligned with the UN SDGs (United Nations Social Development Goals).
The 17 SDGs, by design, encompass all aspects of society. It is contingent for corporates, across the value chain, to understand how their business impacts and is affected by the SDGs. This materiality approach sets the foundation for companies to be able to understand where their risks lie, the severity and acuteness, and therefore how to implement strategies to measure, monitor, manage and report on their progress. It also provides a framework for investors to assess and analyse how a company is addressing its exposure to the greatest of risks and challenges we face in our global society. Yet capturing and benchmarking corporate performance against the SDGs provides myriad challenges, including:
⁃ Standardisation – what metrics are we using
⁃ Transparency – verification of what’s reported
⁃ Disclosure – voluntary v mandatory
⁃ Measuring action not intention
Corporates: Join this webinar to understand what we mean by social risk, gain insight from acknowledged experts on what the current and future risks are, and learn the role the SDGs play in supporting you to address them in your corporate strategies to meet the expectations of investors and your other stakeholders.
Investment community: Join this webinar to understand social risk from an analytical perspective, gain insight from acknowledged experts on how the SDGs provide a risk framework, and learn how to interpret the data sets for use in your investment strategies.
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