Sustainable Investment Forum

See you next year - September 19th 2017

Thank you to all those who joined us at the Westin Times Square - We hope you enjoyed this year’s highly-successful launch event.

The Sustainable Investment Forum took place on September 20th 2016.  300+ asset owners and managers, investors, business leaders and policy makers came to meet, network and share ideas with colleagues and to talk frankly about developing the partnerships required to finance the aims of the Paris Agreement.

Highlights from the day can be seen on our live Storify blog here

Our thanks go to the Westin Times Square for hosting the event, our speaker panel as well as to all of our partners and sponsors for making this launch event such a huge success.

Register your interest for 2017’s event here
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See 2016’s programme click here 

Next we head to Marrakech in November 2016 for COP22  – register to attend by clicking here

Event Preview

300 Cross-Sector Delegates | 30+ Confirmed Speakers

Watch our video to discover the latest on the Sustainable Investment Forum

Last Year's Speakers

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister, Australia, President, Asia Society

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte

CEO and Special Representative, UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Dr. Ulrich Quay

Managing Director, BMW iVentures

John Authers

John Authers

Senior Investment Columnist, Financial Times

Filippa Bergin

Filippa Bergin

Sustainability Manager, Storebrand

Ofori Boateng

Ofori Boateng

Chief Executive Officer, 3Sil

Marcene Broadwater

Marcene Broadwater

Global Head, Climate Strategy and Business Development, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mark Campanale

Mark Campanale

Founder & Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Mayor of St Paul, Minnesota and Co-Chair of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative,

Philippe Desfosses

Philippe Desfosses

Chief Executive Officer, Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique (ERAFP); Vice Chair, IIGCC

John Dickert

John Dickert

Mayor, Racine, Wisconsin

Mafalda Duarte

Mafalda Duarte

Manager, Climate Investment Funds

Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia

President and Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Green bank

Enrique Garcia

Enrique Garcia

Executive President and Chief Executive Officer, CAF- Development Bank of Latin America

Alfred Griffin

Alfred Griffin

President , New York Green Bank

Simon Irish

Simon Irish

Chief Executive Officer, Terrestrial Energy

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Commissioner , California Insurance

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Bonds Initiative

Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber

President, Ceres

Mary Beth Mandanas

Mary Beth Mandanas

Chief Strategy Officer, CleanChoice Energy

Kyung-Ah Park

Kyung-Ah Park

Managing Director and Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman Sachs

Curtis Probst

Curtis Probst

Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds

Managing Director, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Nick Robins

Nick Robins

Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP

Frédéric Samama

Frédéric Samama

Deputy Global Head of Institutional & Sovereign Clients, Amundi

Ian Simm

Ian Simm

Founder & Chief Executive, Impax Asset Management

Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Investment Director, Global Governance, CalPERS

Paul Simpson

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, CDP

Andrew Steer

Andrew Steer

Chief Executive Officer, WRI

Jane Stevensen

Jane Stevensen

CDP Engagement Director to the TCFD;, Former Managing Director, Carbon Standards Disclosure Board (CSDB)

William Theisen

William Theisen

Director, EcoAct

Eric Usher

Eric Usher

Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Vikram Widge

Vikram Widge

Head, Climate Finance & Policy, World Bank Group

Michael Wilkins

Michael Wilkins

Managing Director, S&P Global Ratings

Terri Wills

Terri Wills

Chief Executive Officer, World Green Building Council

Sustainable Investment Forum Agenda

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Time Session Title Details Speaker(s)
09:00-09:05 Chairperson’s welcoming remarks
John Authers
09:05-09:20 Opening Keynote: Financing the Paris Agreement: Scaling Up Low Carbon Investment
  • Coordinating international and national public- private sector collaboration
  • Assessing the impact of COP21 outcomes on the financial community
  • Policy support for green economic growth- is the public sector sending the right signal to the investment community?

Rachel Kyte
09:20-09:30 Opening Keynote: Private Venture Capital Driving the Future
  • The challenges and opportunities of investing in green tech startups
  • Embedding innovation within existing infrastructures

Dr. Ulrich Quay
09:30-10:30 Measuring and Standardising Climate Disclosure

Developing transparent, standardised processes to scale green investment.

  • Feedback on progress of the Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Coordinating global efforts on green investment definitions and opportunities
  • Standardizing definitions of ‘green’ investment
  • Developing new indices to allow for investment in impactful, quality assets

Jane Stevensen

Paul Simpson

Sean Kidney

Filippa Bergin

Mark Campanale
10:30-11:00 Networking Break
11:00-12:15 Developing Climate Friendly Investment Portfolios

How can institutional investors can develop sustainable asset management strategies.

  • Engaging asset owners and shareholders in building sustainable portfolios
  • Exposing risk profiles of fossil fuels in driving divestment
  • Scaling desirable low carbon investment and reinvestment opportunities
  • Aligning fiduciary and ethical responsibilities

Dave Jones

Fiona Reynolds

Philippe Desfosses

Nick Robins

Frédéric Samama

Ian Simm
12:15-13:00 A Spotlight On Low Carbon Investment in Emerging Regions
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for private sector financing of climate smart development in emerging markets?

  • Which industries are making the most progress?

  • How can investment risk profiles be managed and reduced?


Vikram Widge

Mafalda Duarte

Ofori Boateng

Andrew Steer
13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch
13:15-13:55 WRI Session - The New Restoration Economy: Investing in Our Forests

Learn more about restoration as an emerging business opportunity, and how improving landscapes can capture carbon while creating financial returns.

  • Importance of forest restoration for carbon capture
  • Increasing private investment in restoration
  • Successful restoration business case study

Andrew Steer

Sofia Faruqi

Lauren Fletcher
14:00-15:15 Private Sector Innovation: Developing and Implementing Low Carbon Technologies

Harnessing the clout of private sector investment and innovation.

  • The role of corporate capital in driving innovation and managing risk
  • Driving capital into start up organisations to scale innovation
  • Developing the new wave of low carbon entrepreneurs

Mindy Lubber

Simon Irish

William Theisen

Kyung-Ah Park

Anne Simpson

Mary Beth Mandanas
15:15-16:15 Scaling Green Finance Options

Exploring the progress of green bonds and other sustainable financial products.

  • Scaling and replicating green bond success
  • Examining the growing role of ESG in portfolio management
  • Shifting the risk perception of insurers and boosting climate focused product development

Bryan Garcia

Eric Usher

Marcene Broadwater

Terri Wills

Michael Wilkins
16:15-16:45 Networking Break
16:45-18:00 Cities and Regions as Drivers of Change

A focus on the pivotal role of cities and regions in achieving INDCs

  • How can cities gain access to private finance for sustainable innovation?
  • Successful cases of private collaboration for innovation
  • Aligning the carbon reduction plans of cities, regions and private companies
  • Creating strong narratives around the co-benefits of developing green city solutions

Alfred Griffin

Chris Coleman

John Dickert

Enrique Garcia

Curtis Probst
18:00-18:15 Climate Leader Insight: Finding the Public-Private Balance
  • Need to match finance opportunities from the developed to the developing world
  • The role of governments and in improving investment environments
  • How public finance can pave the way for the private investment

Kevin Rudd
18:15-18:25 Closing Keynote
18:25-18:35 Chairperson's Closing Remarks
John Authers
18:30-20:30 Conference Close and Networking Drinks

2016's Sponsors and Partners

BMW i
CAF
Strategic Power Solutions
Travois
Terrestrial Energy
Amundi
Carbon Tracker
EcoAct
Peace Boat
S&P Global
Impax Asset Management
CleanChoice Energy

2016's Venue

Westin New York at Times Square

270 West 43rd Street | New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-201-2700 | Fax: 212-201-2701

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