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.

Travel to the conference

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Schedule

8.00 Breakfast seminars & mingle

In connection to the conference, Sustainable Finance offers organisations and stakeholders the opportunity to hold their own breakfast seminars. Begin the day in our exhibition area or visit the breakfast seminars at no additional cost. 


The SDG Challenge: from investor integration to corporate disclosure

Three years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, investors and asset managers are striving to map, measure and promote investor contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this seminar, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities, and explore different ways to address the SDGs through investments. How can investors concretely measure “SDG impact”? How to target different types of investments to effectively support the achievement of the goals? What will investors expect from issuers in terms of SDG reporting in the future and what are the main challenges faced by issuers?

Partner: Vigeo Eiris 
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Investments based on a water perspective risk or opportunity?

Over the past 30 years, population growth and rising living standards have led to a increasing consumption of water worldwide. Climate change also creates new challenges when it comes to access to water. Water, as a risk element, is also classified as one of the major risks that companies have in their operations. Should one already take water into consideration when investing? What are the risks and opportunities?        

Welcome to a discussion with SPP Fonder and invited speakers.

  • Anna Jönsson, customer manager Storebrand Asset Management. 
  • Helena Lindahl, manager of the SPP Green Bond Fund
  • Magnus Montelius, senior consultant VA-management Sweco

Partner: SPP Fonder 
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9.10 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.

9.15 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, Director, Luxembourg Green Exchange

9.40 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

9.55 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

10.15 Break 

Fika and mingle.  

10:45 How the TCFD guidelines are spreading globally

Nearly two years have passed since the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures launched its voluntary guidelines for managing and reporting climate-related risks. The guidelines has now been adopted by a large number of organizations. Mark Lewis, head of climate change investment research at BNP Paribas Asset Management and former TCFD member, explains why the guidelines is becoming more important for the financial sector.

  • Mark Lewis, head of climate change investment research, BNP Paribas Asset Management and former member of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

11.15 The AP4's world leading management of climate-related risks

AP4 was recently ranked number one on Asset Owners Disclosure Project's ranking of global pension funds based on how they are managing climate-related risks. The AP funds are in general top ranked, but AP4 is standing out in the ranking method which builds on the TCFD guidelines. Niklas Ekvall, CEO of AP4, elaborates on the fund's work on managing climate-related risks in the portfolio, integration of the TCFD guidelines and the development of scenario analyses for managing climate risk. ·    

  • Niklas Ekvall, CEO, AP4 

11.35 Panel: Challenges with the implementation of the TCFD guidelines

The Swedish government supports the TCFD guidelines, and has stated that Sweden will be leading in the implementation of the guidelines. Some large financial players have already started with the integration of the guidelines in their organization, but will the smaller players be able to follow suit? Are there any leading examples to be inspired by and how should the work with performing scenario analyses be made? Here we will discuss challenges and opportunities with the TCFD guidelines from a Swedish perspective.       

  • Anita Lindberg, Chair, Swesif and Senior ESG Analyst at Alfred Berg       
  • Marjo Koivisto, Co-Head of Responsible Investments, Nordea Asset Management   
  • Niklas Ekvall, CEO, AP4      
  • Henrik Braconier, Chief Economist, Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority
  • Carina Lundberg Markow, Chief Strategist Responsible Investments, Folksam      
  • Mark Lewis, head of climate change investment research, BNP Paribas Asset Management

12:15 Lunch

Roundtable lunch with initiated discussions with inspiring moderators.

13:30 Parallel tracks

Choose one of the two tracks below. 

a) 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 

a) 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 Toby Belsom shares insights from the organisation's methods and engagement activities, of which several large international companies have felt the impact of.

  • Toby Belsom, Head of Research, ShareAction 

b) Mobilizing capital: The role of public and private investors in providing access to clean energy in developing countries

Access to energy is a key driver of economic growth, yet many emerging market countries still face significant challenges in power generation and distribution, resulting in a population of over a billion people without access to electricity. With the growing energy demand, along with rising cost competitiveness of renewables and increasing implementation of enabling policies, there is a confluence of factors driving the clean energy transition in emerging and developing economies. Here you will hear about the challenges and opportunities in developing and emerging markets as well as different initiatives that aim to tap into this growing and financially underserved market.  

  • Antoine Prédour Head of Energy Debt at responsAbility Investments AG 

  Partner: responsAbility

14.15 Break

Short break before the agenda continues in the plenary. 

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
  • Toby Belsom, Head of Research, ShareAction

14.50 How the highest emitting companies are pressured to climate responsibility

The Paris Agreement needs to be translated to national legislation to have intended impact. Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Sweden’s lead negotiator at COP24 in Katowice, reports on where we stand today. 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
  • Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Sweden’s lead negotiator at COP24 in Katowice, Ministry of Enviroment

This session is arranged by AP7

15.30 Break

Fika and mingle.

16.00 The financial sector’s role according to the Agenda 2030 delegation

 Swedbank Robur’s CEO Liza Jonson is a part of the Agenda 2030 delegation, which has been tasked by the government to support and stimulate Sweden’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Agenda 2030 delegation will submit its final report in March. Here you will get an insight in how the delegation expects the Swedish financial sector to contribute to the implementation of the global goals. 

  • Liza Jonson, CEO, Swedbank Robur  

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
  • Åsa Riiisberg, Head of Healthcare Sector, EQT

16.45 Invest with the UN in the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has launched a new initiative to facilitate investments in developing countries for the Sustainable Development Goals. With SDG Impact, UNDP provides investors with information and tools that is needed to finance the goals. The initiative will also work to set up common standards and a new label for investments in the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Casper Sonesson, Deputy Director of Private Sector, UNDP

17.10 Wrap-up

The moderators wrap-up the conference.

17.15 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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Liza Jonson
CEO, Swedbank Robur

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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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Karin Svensson
senior rådgivare hållbarhet och samarbete med privat sektor, Sida

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Angelica Lips da Cruz
entrepreneur, ALDC Partnerships

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Will Pomroy
Associate Director of Engagement, Hermes Investment Management

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Helen Wiggs
investor engagement manager, ShareAction

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Fredric Nyström
Head of Responsible Investments, Öhman

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Anna Jönsson
kundansvarig Storebrand Kapitalförvaltning

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Helena Lindahl
ansvarig förvaltare SPP Grön Obligationsfond

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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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Lauri Rosendahl
CEO, Nasdaq

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Åsa Knudsen Sterte
hållbarhetssamordnare, Finansdepartementet

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Magnus Montelius
seniorkonsult VA-management Sweco

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Inna Erngren
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Norah Miller
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Tobias Persson
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