UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association Edinburgh Conference


The sustainable investment and finance event for Scotland.

This event is an opportunity to debate, discuss and practise new themes and processes supporting sustainable investment and finance. Discussions and workshops are designed with steer from our Analyst Committee ensuring a fully tailored and relevant programme.

This event welcomes both UKSIF members (free) and non-members for a small charge so please share with and invite your networks. Analysts and investors will be given priority registration.

What’s on?

Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules That Run the World

“Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalization and ammunition. Resource-fueled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West – and the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the gas station and the mall.”

Political philosopher and author of ‘Blood Oil’, Leif Wenar, will join us to discuss his book with views from Dr Paul Jourdan, CEO, Amati Global Investors.

Workforce satisfaction: Improved performance through disclosure

The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) brings investors together to request comparable data from companies via an annual survey. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains to benefit companies and workers and help meet SDGs 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities). James Coldwell, ShareAction,will tell us more about WDI and their project in support of better employment relations in the UK. We’ll also hear from Bertille Knuckey, Head of Sustainable Investment and fund manager, on Sycomore’s outperforming Happy@Work fund and Dr George Daskalakis, University of East Anglia, will present his team’s findings on the links between employee satisfaction and corporate performance

Policy brief: Brand new EU recommendations for growing sustainable finance

The High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) published its final report Financing a Sustainable European Economy. Established by the European Commission in late 2016 to develop a fully comprehensive EU strategy for the growth of sustainable finance HLEG has now finished its work and made a potentially game-changing set of recommendations. The group saw sustainable finance has having two key imperatives. First, to re-connect finance “with the real economy to support the transition to a more resource-efficient and more circular economy” that includes meeting the EU’s Paris commitment to reduce harmful emissions. Second, to strengthen financial stability by incorporating ESG factors into investment decision-making. Simon Howard, Chief Executive and Fergus Moffatt, Head of Policy, at UKSIF will discuss specific recommendations and their implications.

Workshop: Active, Passive and Asset Owner ESG Policy Benchmark Adoption

Over the last decade, the number of asset owner signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) has grown to more than 350, representing USD $16 trillion in total assets under management. Why are the world’s largest owners of capital starting to include environmental, social and governance considerations into their investment policies and manager section process in the first place? During this session we will discuss the effects of ESG on risk and performance, the role of ESG benchmarks, why many asset owners are repositioning portfolios, and how to integrate ESG into active, passive and factor mandates. Facilitated by Guido Giese, Executive Director in the Equity Applied Research team, MSCI.

Workshop: Biodiversity footprinting – calculating the impact of loans and investments on biodiversity and resulting action perspectives

“Biodiversity forms the basis for everything that keeps us and our society going. But biodiversity is currently in rapid decline, which is why ASN Bank is working to protect and conserve biodiversity”

ASN Bank are committed to a ‘No net loss of biodiversity in 2030’ to protect the variety of life and ecosystems needed to sustain people, businesses, economies and everything we value in the natural world. As part of this mission they piloted a project to measure the impact of their loans and investments on the survival of species over a number of square metres.

Biodiversity foot-printing brings together climate, water and land and the impact can be used as a proxy for impact on natural capital. Find out which types of investments are destroying biodiversity (hotspots), the reasons why (drivers) and what the results could mean for future policy and investment (action). Project leaders Wijnand Broer, Partner, CREM and Mark Goedkoop, Founder, PRĂ© Sustainability will join us to discuss the tools, methodology, using outcomes and how to get involved in piloting the methodology in the UK.

Workshop: The G20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures – scenario analysis.

As a follow up to our popular session in London we will deliver a workshop on how to leverage scenario analysis to assess climate financial risk and the challenges and opportunities it presents to financial and ESG analysts.

Using scenario analysis was a technical recommendation that came out of the G20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures written for them by the team at ERM. Tara Schmidt, Principal Consultant, ERM and Charles Allison, Head of Climate Change will facilitate the session for us.

Workshop: Measuring, valuing and monitoring natural capital assets

“Financial nor national accounts provide sufficient information about natural capital assets, which the economy depends on and impacts. Accounting tools for natural capital are developed to plug this gap.

Natural capital accounting tools use familiar frameworks that are similar to financial and national accounts. This allows audiences to better understand the biophysical and economic evidence for natural capital.” Ece Ozdemiroglu, Managing Director and Adams Koshy, Consultant, at Eftec will facilitate a session to show us how to use the tools.

Event details

When: Thursday 22 March 2pm to 7pm. Friday 23 9:30am to 1:30pm

Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

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