Institutional investors such as pension funds have been focusing on sustainability for years, but many feel they have little to show for their efforts. Results are elusive and practical issues remain, both in developed countries and in emerging markets such as China. How can institutional investors effect real, significant change? During Climate Week experts from across the institutional spectrum tackle the most pressing questions. 


Tuesday 5 October - IPE Workshop ESG

Reception 9:00
Workshop ESG
ESG, sustainable and responsible investing are themes that continue to sit high on the agenda for institutional investors.

As the demand rises from members, trustees and society as a whole to see ESG as a consideration when pension funds allocate their assets, so too does the uncertainty surrounding how asset owners can select and implement an effective ESG approach.

IPE’s ESG seminars will tackle questions surrounding the measurement and implementation of ESG across different asset classes, the role of ESG data in risk/return analysis and the use of sustainability as a performance driver.

          Hosted by IPE. This session will be in English.


Tuesday 5 October - Sustainable China

As the economic balance shifts towards Asia, Asia’s role in pension portfolios is growing. How do pension funds manage the associated risks and opportunities, how can they tackle governance issues, and how much are pension funds invested in China today, directly and indirectly?


          By: André de Vos, Editor in Chief Print and Events, Pensioen Pro

Keynote presentation: The shift to China: a macro-economic view
The global economy’s center of gravity is shifting to Asia and in particular China, while China in turn is becoming ever more economically active in Europe. How does this shift impact institutional investors? We discuss what is happening from a macroeconomic perspective, what role the US dollar will play, and perhaps most importantly, how the shift may impact governance in financial markets.  

          Speaker: Peter Ho, Professorial Research Fellow at London School of Economics and
          Zhejiang University


Workshop: tbc


Presentation: Chinese Fixed Income
Chinese fixed income markets are rapidly changing. We review the latest developments relevant to pension funds.

          Speaker: Vanessa Chan, Asian fixed income investment director at Fidelity

Presentation: Asian Equities
Shifting from GEM to Asian equities in a post-pandemic world.

          Speaker: Alexander Davey, Global Capability Head for Active & Quantitative Equity
          and Senior Investment Specialist | Asia & China Equity, HSBC Global Asset


Presentation: Sustainable China
China is known as the world’s biggest polluter – which makes it the place to be for sustainable investors who wish to make a difference. 

          Speaker: Robert Secker, Portfolio Specialist, T. Rowe Price

Closing Keynote: A new Asian Decade: a Business perspective

          Speaker: Frans-Paul van der Putten, Coördinator and Senior Research Fellow,
          Clingendael China Centre and China Platform for European Institutional Investors


Wednesday 6 October - Impact Investor Workshop

Impact Investing

Starting at 15:00, followed a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of Impact Investor, the new online weekly publication for the impact investing community.

Blended finance instruments such as guarantees and direct investment are proving effective for addressing climate change and sustainable development more broadly. But for impact investors, many questions remain. What are successful blended finance approaches? What are the opportunities for blended finance for climate action in developing countries and how can we scale up such initiatives? Our expert panel tackles these and related issues in an interactive session live from the Rotterdam Hilton.

          Presented by: Maaike Veen, Editor in Chief, Impact Investor

15:00 - 15:30
Topic tbc

15:30 - 16:30
Panel discussion
Blended Finance    

16:30 - 17:30
Launching drinks
With thanks to the launching sponsors:

Thursday 7 October - Investor Council Conference

Cutting to the Chase

Workshop I

Workshop II

Healthcare 2041- How disruption will drive impact

Diversification via Financial Inclusion

Speaker: Jack Torrance, Investment Specialist Health Innovation strategy, Baillie Gifford

Speaker: Sinisa Vukic, Senior Portefeuillemanager Impact Investing, Actiam

12:00 – 13:00
(Virtual) registration & lunch

13:00 – 13:05
          André de Vos, Editor in Chief Print & Events, Pensioen Pro

13:05 – 13:35
The planet isn't free

          Speaker: Lars Hein, Professor Ecosystem Services & Environmental Change and Deputy
          Chairman of the Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University


13:35 – 13:55
De-carbonization: tools and strategies that cut through the greenwashing

Speaker: Mark Lewis, Chief Strategist Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management

13:55 – 14:15
Topic tbc

          Speaker: Marc Siezen, Chief Client Officer, Bouwinvest

14:15 - 14:30

Break-out A
Fixed Income

Break-out B
Equities & Real Assets (Action vs. Intent)

14:30 - 15:00
How Green are your Green Bonds?

14:30 - 15:00
Topic tbc

          With a speaker from PGIM Fixed Income

          With a speaker from Achmea Investment

15:00 - 15:30
Carbon Reduction – Trends and Solutions

15:00 - 15:30
Topic tbc

          With a speaker from Columbia Threadneedle

          With a speaker from Amundi Asset

15:30 - 16:00
Climate Risk Modelling 

15:30 - 16:00
Topic tbc

          Speaker: Isabelle Meyer, Fixed Income
          Investment Specialist, BNY Mellon Investment

16:00 - 16:20

16:20 - 17:00
Moving from good intentions to desired effects

17:00 – 17:20
The Road to Net Zero

          Speaker: Manuel Adamini, Senior Responsible Investment Strategist, BMO Global Asset


17:20 – 17:40
Topic tbc

          With a speaker from NN Investment Partners 

17:40 - 18:10
Keynote presentation/interview
Moving from good intentions to desired effects

How can pension funds and their asset managers help make a carbon neutral economy a reality?

          Speaker: Laura van Geest, Chairman of the Board, AFM


18:10 - 19:10
Networking Drinks

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