Check out the RI Europe Agenda
Fergal Keane, OBE, the Africa Editor at the BBC and a hugely respected journalist and author, will be the guest speaker and awards presenter at the RI Awards & Dinner at RI Europe, held in London on the evening of June 5 as part of the RI Europe 2018 conference.
Keane, who was given an OBE for services to journalism in 1997, has won numerous awards for his reporting, notably from some of the biggest humanitarian crises in Africa.
The RI Awards were established in 2013 to encourage and recognise best practice and transparency in responsible investment reporting by asset owners and asset managers. The shortlist for the 2018 awards will be announced shortly.
RI Europe, the continent’s leading sustainable finance conference, returns to London on the 5th & 6th of June 2018, with an expected 150+ asset owners attending out of 600+ investment professionals in total at the event.
Keynote speakers for this year’s conference announced so far are:
- Carine Smith Ihenaco, Chief Corporate Governance Officer at Norges Bank Investment Management, one of the world’s biggest investors and active shareholders running the money of the $1trillion+ Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global.
- Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, UK, the country’s senior government advisor on health. Davies has issued stark warnings about the imminent catastrophe from the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which was part of a UK government review on AMR chaired by Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs banker who coined the BRICS term
- Anthony Raymond, Acting Executive Director of Regulator Policy at The UK Pensions Regulator, which is looking at tightening up climate risk guidance for UK pension trustees.Speakers at the conference also include Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which recently wrote to the 25 biggest UK pension funds managing £555bn in assets, asking them to report on how they are managing climate risk. The remit of the cross-party EAC is to look at how government policy is working; in this case policy on trustee fiduciary duty and climate risk.
Molly Scott Cato, MEP, and Rapporteur from the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs’ (ECON) Report on Sustainable Finance will also address the conference.
Other speakers include senior executives and politicians from the Dutch Central Bank, UK Parliament and the European Commission.
Responsible Investor will also be announcing at the conference the first cut data response to one of the biggest surveys and series of follow up interviews with pension funds globally to answer the question of why some pension funds see ESG integration as a clear part of their fiduciary duty and a necessary addition to investment strategy, while others believe the opposite.
The research project, titled simply ESG: Do You or Don’t You? has been sent to a large database of pension funds – firstly in Europe, and then in different regions.
The results of the survey will be debated by a panel of some of the UK and Europe’s biggest asset owners including the Brunel pool, Central pool and National Grid pension funds from the UK and the pension fund of Spain’s CaixaBank, the retail savings giant.
Tickets for The RI Awards Gala Dinner are limited. They cost £100 plus VAT. To register for your ticket please e-mail Jonathan Biddell or call on +442036409141
Check out the RI Europe Agenda