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8th Annual Sustainable Investing Conference: Are you ready for Net Zero?

Monday, January 24 | 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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Overview

A growing number of governments, global companies, and institutional investors are rapidly committing to reach carbon neutrality or “net zero” by mid-century, demonstrating the need for a proactive strategy in response to the challenges presented by climate change. 

Explore the future from this climate-oriented perspective when you join the Sustainable Investing interest group to take a closer look at what net zero means for the investment industry. This virtual conference will feature panel discussions led by asset owners and investment managers, who will address a range of sustainable finance topics. 

Hear how portfolios are being realigned to reach net zero targets, delve into data and information challenges surrounding carbon emissions estimates, learn how impact investing in vulnerable communities is directly related to climate change, and much more when you kick off your new year at the 8th Annual Sustainable Investing Conference. Register now for this can’t-miss sustainable finance event.

Agenda

MONday, JANUARY 24

1:00 PM | WELCOMING REMARKS


1:05 PM | FIRESIDE CHAT
What are the Implications of Net Zero?

Moderator

Mark Van Clieaf, Managing Director, FutureZero

Panelists

Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability, CalPERS


1:55 PM | BREAK


2:00 PM | PANEL
Net Zero – What does it mean for investment portfolios & how do we get there?


2:50 PM | BREAK


3:00 PM | PANEL
Climate change & Net Zero, regulatory changes & mandatory reporting


3:50 PM | CLOSING REMARKS

Tuesday, JANUARY 25

1:00 PM | WELCOMING REMARKS


1:05 PM | PANEL
Intersectionality of diversity and climate


1:55 PM | BREAK


2:00 PM | PANEL
Where is the missing ESG/climate data?


2:50 PM | CLOSING REMARKS

1:00 PM | OPENING REMARKS


1:05 PM | PANEL

Net Zero – What does it mean for investment portfolios & how do we get there?

Moderator

Tamara Close, CFA, Founder and Managing Partner, Close Group Consulting


Panel

Betty Jiang, CFA, Head of US ESG Research, Credit Suisse


1:45 PM | FIRESIDE CHAT

What are the Implications of Net Zero?

Moderated by Mark Van Clieaf, Managing Director, FutureZero

Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability, CalPERS


2:20 PM | PANEL

Intersectionality of Diversity and Climate

TBA


3:05 PM | PANEL

How does Net Zero change the rules of the game? – Regulatory changes, mandatory reporting and new policies.

Following the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in November 2021, governments around the world representing about 90% of global GDP have made some level of pledge or commitment to achieve net zero by 2050-2070. With 85% of the global energy system currently running on fossil fuels, meeting these net zero commitments will require a monumental transition to the global energy system that will necessitate substantial global energy policy and regulatory changes.

Moderator

TBA


Panel

Greg Hershman, MBA, Head of US Policy, Principles for Responsible Investment

Samantha Ross, Founder, AssuranceMark, the Investors’ Consortium for Assurance

Discussion Points

  • How will net zero change the rules of the game for investors and companies?
  • What are the likely and anticipated regulatory and policy changes that investors need to be aware of?
  • What is the future role for accountants and auditors if/when climate financial disclosures become mandatory.
  • Will climate related financial data and disclosures become mandatory?

4:00 PM | PANEL

Net Zero – What is the missing data?

You can’t manage, what you don’t measure”, but investors will often highlight that there is a lack of good and comprehensive data on climate change and carbon emissions and that companies should improve disclosures. This panel will discuss what data and analytics are needed to integrate and implement net zero investing into investment strategies and portfolios, what is already available and what is missing, how can investors approach net zero using already available tools and frameworks?

TBA

Discussion Points

  • What data already exists and what is lagging or missing?
  • What should investors ask companies to disclose?
  • Net Zero investing – how can investors approach using already available tools and scenario frameworks?

4:40 PM | CLOSING REMARKS

Additional Details

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what “net zero” means for the investment industry and hear proposed pathways to reach it 
  • Hear what companies are doing on a global scale to meet COP26 goals 
  • Consider the intersectional impacts of climate change and discuss ways to ensure an equitable transition to a sustainable future