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. 


Monday 4 October - Pensioen Pro Partner Webinar WWF

15:00 - 16:00
Pensioen Pro Partner Webinar - Hosting WWF “Our Planet: Too Big To Fail”

Our economy is fundamentally underpinned by the stability and resilience of nature. Due to systemic flaws in the very same economy, this stability is no longer guaranteed. Many investors and people working in the financial sector are increasingly aware of this. But how can the financial sector save the planet and therefore preserve its own long-term stability? And what can we do in the Netherlands? During the Pensioen Pro Partner Webinar, this will be explored. Created by the Emmy®️ Award-winning Silverback Films and WWF 'Our Planet: Too Big To Fail' explores, through interviews with sector leaders, the risks caused by natural loss, the impact of current investments and the role the financial sector can play in achieving a truly sustainable future.
Pensioen Pro Partner Webinar is the proud host of this short, yet controversial WWF film.
'Our Planet: Too Big To Fail' provides the context for a round table discussion with WWF NL and sector leaders on the critical role and impact of the Dutch sector in integrating biodiversity into financial decisions.

This Pensioen Pro Partner Webinar is sponsored by:

Tuesday 5 October - IPE Workshop ESG

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.

9:45      Registration 

10:20    Introduction

10:25     Presentation: Can you meaningfully integrate ESG into your passive investments?
Investors are increasingly looking at how they can integrate ESG into their broad investment. Finding a solution that allows them to invest a significant allocation into an ESG integrated solution that respects their risk / return objectives has historically been a challenge. This session will demonstrate how this is now possible.
            Speaker: Fadi Zaher, Head of Index Solutions & Investment Specialists, Legal & General Investment           Management

10:45    Presentation
            Speaker from Russell Investments

11:05    Pension fund case study
            Speaker: Joost Slabbekoorn - Senior Responsible Investment & Governance Manager, APG

11:25    Break 

11:35    Presentation: Emerging Markets and Sustainability
Sustainable investing is more difficult in emerging markets. Data quality is lower than for developed markets, companies have less focus on ESG topics and regulatory standards are often lower. However, precisely for these reasons, a good ESG policy will make more of a difference in emerging markets. This presentation will set out where the pitfalls and opportunities are when it comes to sustainability in emerging markets.
            Speaker: Martijn Oosterwoud, Head of Product, UBS Chief Sustainability Office

11:55    Presentation: From Theory To Practice: ESG Investing In US Small Cap Stocks
This presentation will focus on the practical application of sustainable investing in US small cap stocks, highlighting some of the opportunities and challenges that are present in the asset class. Key topics will include:

  • The value of ESG analysis
  • The opportunity of ESG in small caps
  • Sustainability and engagement drive growth and differentiation
  • Challenges of ESG analysis in small caps
  • Practical application for ESG investing in US small caps

            Speaker: Jason Wulff, Portfolio Manager, Eagle Asset Management

12:15    Open discussion

Hosted by IPE. This session will be in English and can only be attended in person. It will not be streamed live.


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?

Registration & lunch


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

Keynote presentation: 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


Workshop: Sustainable Investing: China in a Portfolio Context- Challenges & Opportunities

          Speaker: Simona Paravani-Mellinghoff, Managing Director, Global CIO of Solutions and Klaus Weber, Managing Director, Global Head of Manager Research and member of the Executive Committee MASS,  BlackRock

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: China - Finding tomorrow’s winners today
What developments is China undergoing and how can the sheer pace of change taking place at the economic and corporate level present opportunities for investors.

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

Presentation: Chinese Central Bank vs Fed and ECB

          Speaker: Sandor Steverink, Head of Treasuries & Inflation Linked Debt, APG


Networking drinks


Wednesday 6 October - Impact Investor Workshop

14:00 - 15:00

15:00 - 15:30
Panel discussion
Sustainable and Impact Investing: a crucial conversation

How can we move high net worth individuals to embrace impact investing? A bank, an investor platform and a family office provide the answer.

Panel: Edwin Backes, Chairman PYM, The conscious investors’ community; Jan Willem Hofland, Head of Investment Centre Netherlands at ABN AMRO MeesPierson; Ilse Bastmeijer, Co-Founder at Goeie Grutten Impact Fonds


15:30 - 16:30
Panel discussion
Blended Finance    
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.

Panel: Nic Wessemius, Director Clients & Investment Solutions, FMO Investment Management; Mark Baak, Director, Privium Fund Management and Georges Beukering, Co-founder and Head of Capital Raising at Climate Fund Managers; moderated by Maaike Veen, Editor, Impact Investor.

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

This session will be held in English.

Thursday 7 October - Investor Council Conference

Cutting to the Chase

Workshop I

Workshop II

The biological revolution

Diversification via Financial Inclusion

In this workshop we will explore how healthcare is going through a huge revolution and the move we see towards a personalised preventative healthcare system. We will explore the impact of  this increased access to healthcare tech globally on both shareholders and patients.

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

The demand for impact investing is increasing due to the search for yield and in line with the growing interest for sustainable funds, especially among the new generation of investors.
We will discuss impact investing under the new Pension Agreement and provide insight into the diversification and positive impact that this asset class offers.

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
Restoring Ecosystems through Public Markets

Speaker: Edward Lees, co-head of the Environmental Strategies Group, BNP Paribas Asset Management

13:55 – 14:15
Towards Paris Proof real estate

          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
ESG, the superlative factor

Green Bond issuance is surging, but not all Green Bonds are equal. Some carry a much greater ESG impact than others and investors must recognise that the impact of Green Bonds can vary significantly. During this informative and interactive session we will discuss how we can assesses the impact of a Green Bond based on credibility at the security and issuer level, and its impact on the environment.

           Speaker: Eugenia Unanyants-
, Principal & Head of ESG research at
          PGIM Fixed Income 

ESG integration in equity portfolios is on the verge of radical transformation: from exclusion to inclusion, for promoting sustainability to realizing impact and from a generic approach to a thematic approach. With a transparent and quantitative control towards both impact as well as risk and return characteristics.

          Speaker: René Wijnen, Portfolio Manager Aandelen, Achmea Investment Management

15:00 - 15:30
Decarbonising portfolios: aligning net zero pathways in corporate credit portfolios

15:00 - 15:30
Introducing a modern sustainable approach to listed infrastructure investing

As governments set new targets for carbon reduction, institutional investors are following suit in developing their own active carbon reduction strategies. We believe fixed income investing plays a vital role in this process.

This presentation will touch on the decarbonisation of credit portfolios in order to meet climate targets, the implications for managing your fixed income portfolios and the implications these new strategies will have for meeting long-term decarbonisation objectives.

          Speaker: Tammie Tang, Senior Portfolio
          Manager, Fixed Income, Columbia
          Threadneedle Investments

The provision of clean, safe and high-quality energy, water and food is our most essential need. Investing in the Infrastructure tasked with delivering this to the global population is one of our greatest responsibilities to future generations.

          Speaker: Peter Fox, Senior Business Development Manager of KBIGI, Amundi Asset

15:30 - 16:00
The climate crisis urges asset owners to take responsibility 

Governments and businesses are grappling with the climate change implications, and responsible investors seek to discern how climate change might affect investment risks and opportunities. This is why Insight has developed its own climate risk model Prime Climate Risk Ratings. It helps our analysts and portfolio managers consider material climate risks, informing their decision-making and engagement, by looking at transition and physical risks.

          Speaker: April LaRusse, Fixed Income
          Investment Specialist, Insight Investment, a part of BNY Mellon Investment Management

16:00 - 16:20

16:20 - 17:00
Moving from good intentions to desired effects
Which metrics should pension funds and asset managers use to build a portfolio that contributes to the transition, not just on paper, but in real life. 

          Panel: Rick Stathers, Senior Analyst - Global Responsible Investment, Aviva
          Investors; Margreet Verhoef, Board Member and Chairman investment committee, Pension fund for the Bakery sector; Karen Maas, Professor accounting and sustainability, Director Impact Centre Erasmus University

17:00 – 17:20
A strategic view on net zero
What drives investors’ net-zero commitments? Which frameworks and guidelines are available? What are key implementation issues? And: how do we ensure having an impact on the real economy?

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

17:20 – 17:40
Topic tbc

          Speaker: Guido Veul, Client Portfolio Manager, NN Investment Partners

17:40 - 18:10
Keynote presentation/interview
Paper promises

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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