1. New Survey: ESG in Credit Risk & Ratings – Investment Consultants
    Organised by: PRI

    As part of the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, the PRI has launched two surveys:

    For asset owners who use investment consultants’ services for the selection, appointment and monitoring of their fixed income asset managers – reply by 18th September.

    For investment consultants, to gauge how they incorporate ESG factors in fixed income services – reply by 18th September.

  2. New Consultation: Net Zero Investment Framework
    Organised by: Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)

    IIGCC’s Net Zero Investment Framework – launched in August 2020 for consultation – provides the first-ever practical blueprint for investors to maximise the contribution they make in tackling climate change and achieving net zero emissions globally by 2050.

    The Framework, which is a draft for consultation, is open for feedback via consultation platform here until 25th September.

    It has been developed with over 70 global investors, representing more than $16 trillion in assets, through Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (see here for a full list of contributors). It aims to provide a comprehensive set of recommended actions, metrics and methodologies, which following finalisation, will seek to enable both asset owners and asset managers to effectively become ‘net zero investors’.

    This supporting presentation also helps provide additional context on the Framework, which is intended to be adopted and implemented by investors following its finalisation. The Framework is the first output of IIGCC’s Paris Aligned Investment Initiative which aims to explore how investors can align their portfolios to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

  3. Online Event: PRI APAC Digital Symposium
    Organised by: PRI
    Date & Time: 14th – 17th September, approx. 1.30 – 3pm HKT

    Join experts from the PRI and across the responsible investment industry this September for a series of insightful and informative conversations for the Asia-Pacific region. 

    Delivered in an entirely virtual format, PRI APAC Digital Symposium will provide a platform for discussion of global sustainable finance themes, with perspectives drawn from across the highly diverse APAC markets and beyond.  

    We’ll be debating topical issues, including: 

    – Regional sustainable finance policy developments and the changing regulatory environment;
    – How investors can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through understanding, measuring and changing outcomes;
    – The transition to using stewardship as a lever for change;
    – All sessions will be delivered in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Mandarin and Japanese available. 

    The event is free to attend and open to PRI signatories
    and non-signatories, for more information and to
    register please click here.

  4. Online Event: Climate Bonds Conference 2020: Green Transition – Opportunity of the Decade
    Organised by: Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date: 8th – 10th September

    Climate Bonds Conference2020 in September is a must-attend online event for anyone looking to play a role in shaping the global green finance agenda in this
    new decade.

    While we’ll be marking how far green finance has progressed in the last ten years, our gaze is firmly fixed towards 2030.

    At Conference2020 you’ll be a part of:

    – Exciting panel discussions in English with live interpretations in Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese with the most influential sustainable investment, ESG & green finance specialists;
    – Using an award-winning event app you can watch the sessions on your desktop or on your mobile;
    – Gaining insights into transition solutions, green finance markets and green growth outcomes;
    – Understanding regulation directions to support harmonisation and mainstreaming green and climate investment in global and regional financial systems;
    – Making your own contributions, building a shared understanding on a 2020s agenda of change, of urgency and action in scaling up mitigation, adaptation and resilience investment to trillion-dollar levels.

  5. Webinar: How to Invest in the UN SDGs
    Organised by: QONTIGO
    Date & Time: 10th September 3pm or 10pm HKT

    Join us and the Sustainable Development Investments Asset Owner Platform comprised of APG, AustralianSuper, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and PGGM – as we discuss SDGs, SDIs, the potential uses for the new SDI data solution, and more. We invite all sell-side, asset owners and asset managers to register for one of the virtual presentations below.*

    Speaker Line-up:

    – Claudia Kruse, Managing Director, Global Responsible Investment & Governance, APG;
    – Serlina Chu, Senior Associate, ESG & Stewardship, AustralianSuper; 
    – Jennifer Coulson, Vice President, ESG, Public Markets, BCI;
    – Fiona Reynolds, CEO, PRI:
    – Ashby Monk, Executive Director, Global Projects Center, Stanford University;
    – Ian Webster, Senior Managing Director, Qontigo

    * Please note that participation is only for sell-side, asset owners and asset managers and you will receive login details once your registration has been confirmed.

  6. Online Event: Unlocking Capital for Sustainability 2020: Building Back Better
    Organised by: Eco-Business & UN Environment Programme
    Date & Time: 10th September 10.45am – 6pm HKT

    Unlocking capital for sustainability is an annual premiere event organised by Eco-Business in partnership with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that brings together high-level decision makers in finance, business, government and civic society to discuss and commit to actionable initiatives that mobilise the capital markets for sustainable development.

    The financial sector stands at a crossroads of change: Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the role of finance in building equitable, sustainable economies has been debated across societies. Set amid this backdrop is the rise of sustainable finance, which allocates capital with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) lens to create long-term value. Despite the encouraging momentum however, the deployment of private capital for sustainable finance remains relatively small. 

    According to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, sustainable development in Asia will require US$5 trillion of investments to address complex challenges of climate change, growing inequality and rising urbanisation by 2030. How can the finance industry accelerate the responsible deployment of capital for these solutions in a rapidly growing region?

  7. Webinar: TCFD Reporting in Private Equity: A Practitioner’s Guide to GP Reporting
    Organised by: PRI
    Date & Time: 10th September 9pm HKT (and available after on demand via BrightTalk)

    Join the PRI and industry guests for a webinar on September 10th 2020, which will explore the benefits and challenges of disclosing climate-related financial risk through TCFD reporting in private equity.

    During this session, our guests will focus on each of the four elements of TCFD disclosure; governance; strategy; risk management; and metrics and targets.

    This webinar follows from the recently launched PRI technical guide: TCFD for Private Equity General Partners, and will include content for GPs at all stages of TCFD reporting, from those yet to begin, to those more advanced.

  8. Webinar: Science Based Targets in Reality – The Wire Coca-Cola Case Study
    Organised by: Business Environment Council (BEC) & RESETcarbon
    Date & Time: 15th September 2.30 – 3.30pm HKT

    Setting Science Based Targets in reality remains challenging for many companies, who find themselves challenged by both the depth of the carbon targets required and the long term strategic nature of the target setting exercise.  However another picture is emerging that going through the SBT process unlocks innovative new approaches that help manage material environmental risks and strengthen the core business along with reducing the carbon footprint.

    This webinar introduces the approach taken by Swire Coca-Cola in the context of the food and beverage sector and will look at:

    – The business case behind SCC’s SBT which is one of the most ambitious in the sector;
    – The major drivers behind the carbon reduction strategy;
    – The key implementation challenges;
    – Insights for other Hong Kong and Asian businesses interested in SBTs and in particular those participating in the BEC Low Carbon Charter

  9. Webinar: Green recovery in Asia-Pacific and the role of capital markets
    Organised by: International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)
    Date & Time: 22nd September 4 – 5pm HKT

    A panel of industry experts will discuss ‘green and sustainable recovery’ in the Asia Pacific region, covering themes such as the potential role of sustainable bond markets; what markets and regional regulators can do to encourage sustainable investment in the region and the implications of international and national green taxonomies.

    Confirmed speakers include:

    – Stella Saris Chow, Head of Sustainable Finance, International, ANZ;
    – Dominique Duval, Head of Sustainable Banking APAC, Credit Agricole CIB;
    – Kenneth Hui, Head of Market Development, Hong Kong Monetary Authority;
    – Bernadette Victorio, Regional Program Lead, Fair Finance Asia

    This virtual event is free of charge and open to all ICMA members and to interested financial market participants; however registration in advance is essential. Registrations will close at 23.00 HKT on Monday, 21 September 2020.

  10. Webinar: COP26: Investor action on climate – Webinar 3: The Rise of the Green Economy
    Organised by: PRI & London Stock Exchange Group
    Date & Time: 23rd September 9:30pm – 12am (and available after on demand via BrightTalk)

    You are invited to the third of our three-part virtual webinar series in partnership with the London Stock Exchange Group and PRI.

    The series aims to build momentum ahead of COP26 that will now take place in Glasgow in 2021. Given the challenges society, economies and the world face in coming out of COVID-19 lockdowns it is critical for investors to address potential crises of the future, and as part of that to play their role to achieve green growth and recovery.

    These webinars aim to support institutional investors to clarify what action they can take, to not only manage investment risk from climate, but also how they can have impact in influencing real-world outcomes. The variety of climate investor initiatives and confusing terminologies used can be bewildering. These webinars look to help investors navigate and understand these, and to help them prioritise and take practical steps forward.

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