Look ahead: investor-specific events around Rio+20 summit

Guide to investor events linked to sustainable development

With 50,000 delegates, 10 days of events and the usual political wrangling expected at the forthcoming Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, it can be easy to miss the wood for the trees, so here’s a guide to some of the investor-specific events expected around the event.

Things to look out for include the launch of two initiatives, the Natural Capital Declaration and the Principles for Sustainable Insurance. Also, there could be potential agreement on a convention on corporate sustainability reporting, which has been presented by the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition headed up by Aviva Investors.

June 15-18: Corporate Sustainability Forum: “Innovation and Collaboration for the Future we Want”. Umbrella event hosted by the UN Global Compact. Link

June 16: Board Adoption and Oversight of Sustainability.
Speakers: Rob Lake (UN PRI), Michael Jacobson (Intel), Ursula Mathar (BMW), Chris Jochnick (Oxfam), Barbara Krumsiek (Calvert and UNEP FI Co-Chair)

June 16: Launch of Natural Capital Declaration. Speakers: Richard Burrett (Earth Capital Partners and Co-chair UNEP FI), Andrew Mitchell (Global Canopy Programme), Carlos Frederico Aires Duque (Infraprev), Rodrigo Sánchez Mújica (Banco de Mexico), William Bulmer (IFC), Barbara Krumsiek.

June 17: The Business Case for the Green Economy. Speakers: Achim Steiner (UNEP), Jochen Zeitz (PUMA), Barbara Kux (Siemens), Lucille Sering (Philippines), and Barbara Krumsiek.

June 17: Social Enterprise and Impact Investing. Speakers: Jean-Philippe de Schrevel (Blue Orchard), Gabriela Torrez (IADB), Mohan Ranbaore (Waterlife), Barbara Krumsiek.June 17: Standards driving sustainability through Financial Markets – organized by IFC.

June 17: 20 Years of Mainstreaming Sustainability in the Financial Sector (UNEP FI)
June 18: Sustainable Stock Exchanges 2012 Global Dialogue. High-level event exploring how exchanges can enhance corporate transparency and performance on ESG.

June 19: Principles for Sustainable Insurance Launch. UNEP FI launches the Principles for Sustainable Insurance on the eve of the Rio+20 Conference to support the global meeting’s aims.

June 20: Measuring What Matters: A Coherent Global Framework. Convened by Accounting for Sustainability (A4S). Speakers: Prince Charles (video), Nick Clegg (UK), Paula Caballero (Colombia), Dasho Karma Tshiteem (Bhutan), Paul Druckman (IIRC), Ernst Ligteringen (GRI). Moderators: Farooq Ullah (Stakeholder Forum) and Jessica Fries (Accounting for Sustainability).

June 21: Sustainability Reporting and Corporate Accountability (GRI, IBGC and BM&FBOVESPA).

June 21: A global convention on corporate sustainability reporting? (organised by Aviva Investors)

The Rio+20 Summit itself, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, takes place on June 20-22. Link

The Rio summit will be followed by the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) annual conference (June 25-27) and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment’s PRI in Person (June 28-29).