The financial sector faces complex and rapidly developing requirements to consider sustainability-related aspects in investment decisions. The demand for sustainable investments increases among asset owners, while the expectations among civil society grow and regulatory changes are under development in the EU. 

Climate-related risk has become a far more established concept among companies and investors as a consequence of the new guidelines from Task-Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, TCFD. Meanwhile, financial players face a challenge in the contrast between divesting sin companies or keep them in the portfolio to work with engagement for impact. 

  At the conference Sustainable Finance you will be updated on upcoming regulatory changes, get inspiration to take the sustainability integration to a new level, and have an opportunity to network with other players in the financial sector.

The conference will be held in English.

Welcome!

Time & place

Date: Thursday 7 february
Time: 8am – 6pm
Location: IVA Conference Centre. Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm.

Registration

The fee includes participation in all conference sessions and documentation during the day. Lunch and coffee is also included. The presentations will be made available for the participants after the conference. 

Price

  • Early bird offer: 4 995 sek + VAT
  • Ordinary price: 6 495 sek + VAT

* The Early bird offer is available until 21th of december.

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Schedule

09.10 Opening

The moderators opens the conference and presents the agenda. 

  • - Mikael Salo, Editor-in-Chief, Aktuell Hållbarhet
  • - Angelica Lips da Cruz, entrepreneur at ALDC Partnerships with more than 20 years of experience from leading positions in the financial sector in London, Paris and Stockholm at e.g. SEB and Citigroup as Vice President Head of Europe, Middle East and Asia. Today, Angelica works with the development of a new digital platform for sustainable investments.

09.15 The transition to a sustainable financial sector in Europe

The European Commission has released an action plan with concrete proposals for a long term sustainable financial sector. The legal proposals are developed with help from a technical expert group with representatives from the business, academia and NGOs. In this session, you will hear about the upcoming regulatory changes and how the talks will move forward in Brussels.

  • - Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director, Eurosif

09:40 Swedish ambitions for the coming EU regulation

Sweden has been a driving force behind EU’s commitment to transition to a sustainable financial sector. Åsa Knudsen Sterte, sustainability coordinator for financial markets at the Swedish Ministry of Finance, participates in the negotiations for the coming regulations in Brussels. Here she will speak about the Swedish agenda in the negotiations and elaborate on what impact the coming EU regulation may have in a Swedish context.

  • - Åsa Knudsen Sterte, Sustainability Coordinator Financial Markets, Ministry of Finance

09.55 A new taxonomy and transparency to strengthen the playing field for sustainable investments

One of the prerequisites for many of the European legal proposals that has been put on the table is a common taxonomy, which defines what activities that are considered sustainable and those that are not. The EU Commission’s Technical Expert Group is expected to launch its proposal for a new taxonomy by the first and second quarter in 2019. Marie Baumgarts, Head of Sustainability at SEB and member of the expert group, explains the implications of the new taxonomy.

  • - Marie Baumgarts, Head of Sustainabiliy, SEB, and member of the EU Commission’s Technical Expert Group for Sustainable Finance

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12:15 Lunch

Roundtable lunch with initiated discussions with inspiring moderators.

13.30 Engagement through an SDG lens

British Hermes Investment Management uses the Sustainable Development Goals as a tool for driving positive change. The portfolio managers are identifying companies who have the potential to improve certain aspects related to the SDGs and thereafter the goals are used as a tool for impact engagement. Will Pomroy, who is responsible for Hermes’ engagement activities, provides insights from the asset manager’s SDG engagement strategy.

  • - Will Pomroy, Associate Director of Engagement, Hermes Investment Management

13.55 Learnings on engagement from an NGO

The UK's largest NGO focused on sustainable investments has thorough experience of engagement campaigns. ShareAction engages with global companies through methods such as AGM activism but also in collaboration with international asset owners and asset managers – including several Swedish ones. ShareAction’s Helen Wiggs shares insights from the organisation's methods and engagement activities, of which several large international companies have felt the impact of.

  • - Helen Wiggs, Investor Engagement Manager, ShareAction

14.20 Panel: Challenges and opportunities with engagement in practice

Keeping controversial companies in the portfolio with the purpose of engaging with the board and management may be a more constructive method for sustainable development than divesting. Meanwhile, there is a risk that the holdings may be questioned if the dialogue is not leading to a positive change. What opportunities do asset owners and fund managers have, large and small, as to be able to have a meaningful impact on international companies? In this session, we will discuss how cooperation and different strategies can help leverage the opportunities for impact with engagement.

  • - Fredric Nyström, Head of Responsible Investments, Öhman
  • - Hanna Roberts, CEO, GES International
  • - Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, Sustainability Strategist, AP7
  • - Will Pomroy, Associate Director of Engagement, Hermes Investment Management
  • - Helen Wiggs, Investor Engagement Manager, ShareAction

How the highest emitting companies are pressured to climate responsibility

The Paris Agreement needs to be translated to national legislation to have intended impact. Therefore, companies’ anti climate lobbying is one of the mayor issues for active global owners to solve. During 2018, AP7 and Church of England Pension Board have acted as active owners in companies like RioTinto and Shell, and initiated an engagement project with Europe’s highest emitting companies which will result in several activities in the coming year. Adam Matthew from Church of England Pension Board, co-lead of the dialogues, elaborate on the secrets behind the success and upcoming engagement campaigns.

  • - Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pensions Board

This session is arranged by AP7

15.30 Break

Fika and mingle.

16.00 The financial sectors role according to the Agenda 2030 delegation

Information for this session will be updated in short.

16.15 Panel: How can the invested capital contribute with real impact?

What investments are actually leading to real impact and how can investors show demonstrate their contribution? With an increasing interest for sustainable investments from both private and institutional investors, the need to prove real impact has increased. But it’s not always simple. The panel will discuss how investors can actually contribute with a positive measurable impact connected to Agenda 2030, and challenges around measuring and following the development.

  • - Åsa Wallenberg, CEO, SPP Fonder
  • - Lauri Rosendahl, CEO, Nasdaq
  • - Karin Svensson, Senior advisor and project lead for Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development, at Sida
  • - Speaker under invitation                              

16.45 Invest with the UN in the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN organ UNDP has launched a project to pair investors with companies and markets that contribute to the sustainable development goals, through impact investments. One part of the project is focused on providing investors with data and roadmaps that enable investments in the global goals. Here you will hear about the new project from UNDP. 

  • - Speaker will be updated in short

17.15 Wrap-up

The moderators wrap-up the conference.

17.20 Mingle

Speakers

Flavia Micilotta
Executive Director, Eurosif

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Adam Matthews
Director of Ethics & Engagement Church of England Pensions Board

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Marie Baumgarts
Head of Sustainabiliy, SEB, and member of the EU Commission’s Technical Expert Group for Sustainable Finance

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Niklas Ekvall
CEO, AP4

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Katarina Hammar
Co-Head of Responsible Investments, Nordea Asset Management

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Carina Lundberg Markow
Chief Strategist Responsible Investments, Folksam

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Hanna Roberts
CEO, GES International

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Will Pomroy
Associate Director of Engagement, Hermes Investment Management

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Fredric Nyström
Head of Responsible Investments, Öhman

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Henrik Braconier
Chief Economist, Swedish Financial Supervisory Agency

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Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand
Sustainability Strategist, AP7

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Inna Erngren
inna.erngren@di.se

Deltagaransvarig,
072 209 63 27

Norah Miller
norah.miller@bbm.bonnier.se

Partneransvarig,
073 852 19 61

Tobias Persson
tobias.persson@bbm.bonnier.se

Programproducent, 
073 944 88 68