Environment, Social and Governance - 'Self Assessment’ versus 'Regulation’

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Environment, Social and Governance - 'Self Assessment’ versus 'Regulation’

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ESG is currently evolving. Standards and Regulation are required to enable comparisons and provide confidence in the measures. Is ESG mature enough to be standardised and regulated, or will this hamper creativity and innovation? When is the right time to introduce standards and regulation? What is wrong with the current measurement criteria?

For our Third event in the series, we are asking you to join us to debate and help answer the key questions:

• Who decides? The Asset Owner, The Investment Manager, The Investor?

• How is compliance decided? ESG Ratings? Which ones? How accurate?

• How important is Stewardship, engaging with Asset Owners?

Should the way we benchmark firms against ESG criteria be regulated and even audited or should this be left up to market forces. Come and hear our panel debate the issues before making up your mind.


6 PM

Welcome, open session, and introduces panel – Julia George

7:15 PM

Closing Remarks - Rob Wirszycz, Chair, WCIT Social Value Leadership Group

Speakers Bios:

Rebecca Healey, BA

Chair of the event, Managing Partner at Redlap Consulting Ltd. Former Head of Markets Strategy & Insights, Liquidnet, Former Senior European Analyst, TABB Group.

Rebecca is considered to be a leading industry voice on market structure, regulatory reform, and financial services technology. Rebecca has authored a plethora of qualitative reports and commentaries covering the impact of market regulation on all asset classes, the impact of the rise of fintech in capital markets, as well as the impact of the move to ESG and sustainability in asset management. She has appeared on TV and radio discussing ongoing changes in capital markets such as the Financial Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, CNBC TV, BBC and Bloomberg. She was the first electronic trader at Credit Suisse to be registered for all electronic European cash equity markets.

Prof. Rajkumar Roy, BEng, MEng, PhD

Dean, School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering at City, University of London

Professor Rajkumar Roy started his career as an engineer at Tata Motors; pioneered research in Through-life Engineering Services (TES) with Rolls- Royce, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation, the Ministry of Defence and Babcock International; and established an internationally known TES Centre. He is a Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Applied Soft Computing Journal and a Fellow of the CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineers), the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), and the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Professor Roy is leading a national initiative on “Developing Socially Responsible STEM Professional”, launched by City. He is also leading a strategic university partnership with Engineers Without Borders UK.

Faisal Rafi, BSc (Actuarial Science), FIA

Head of Investment Research, RisCura, and Fellow of Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Faisal is responsible for investment research at RisCura. He has 19 years’ investment industry experience researching investment managers across asset classes and geographies, including alternatives. Prior to joining RisCura in 2011, Faisal was an investment manager at Coal Pension Trustees Limited where he was responsible for manager research across asset classes. He has invested in private equity at Bramdean Asset Management, which is now part of Aberdeen Asset Management. Faisal also served as an investment consultant at Towers Perrin where he advised UK pension schemes on investment strategy and manager structure.

Hon Group Captain Sally Bridgeland, BSc ARCS, FIA, FRSA

Chair, Impax Asset Management, Non-Executive Director and Chair of With Profits Committee, Royal London.

Sally is a NED of Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) Limited, where she chairs its FCA regulated investment company. Until recently Sally was a trustee at the Nuclear Liabilities Fund and at both NEST Corporation and the Lloyds Bank pension schemes. She was Chief Executive Officer of the BP Pension Scheme in the interesting years of 2007-14 after twenty years with Aon Hewitt. She has 20 years experience working in ESG pensions, investment, research and innovation.

Prof. Dr Alex Edmans, BA (Oxon), PhD

Professor of Finance, London Business School and Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Business, Gresham College

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. Alex has a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and given the TED talk “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World” and the TEDx talk “The Social Responsibility of Business” with a combined 2 million views. Alex’s book, “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit”, was featured in the Financial Times list of Business Books of the Year for 2020.

Vivian Frost, BA (Hons), MA

Manager – Client Relations, Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company, is a leading global ESG research and analysis firm

Vivian supports and advises UK and Ireland based pension funds, investment managers and banks in their efforts to meaningfully apply ESG research and analysis in their investment processes. Vivian has over 10 years’ experience working in sustainability having previously worked with corporates to understand and manage the environmental, social and governance risks within their own operations and supply chains. She works with world’s leading asset managers and pension funds who incorporate ESG and corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes.

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