Agenda

9.00

Opening Keynote: Progress report from the ISSB (International Sustainability Standards Board)

Lee White, Executive Director, IFRS Foundation

9.30

Keynote: IOSCO's Outlook on the ISSB standards

Kris Nathanail, Senior Policy Advisor, IOSCO General Secretariat

9.45

Panel: Navigating the fast changing regulatory landscape for ESG Data in Europe

  • How is regulation going to transform the market? What will be the effects of making companies disclose more, by making investors disclose more, and by regulating the labelling of investment products?
  • How are companies and their accountancy firms going to comply with regulations and requests for data? Is that information available?
  • Corporate disclosure through the creation of ESAP (European Single Access Point) – what will it look like?
  • Will third party data assurance and auditing become mandatory, to improve data integrity and investor confidence?

Moderator:
Senior Representative, Fitch Group

Panellists:
Mark Manning, Technical Specialist, Sustainable Finance & Stewardship, FCA (Financial Conduct Authority)
Patrick de Cambourg, EFRAG SRB Board Member & Chair, ANC - Autorité des Normes Comptables

 

10.30

Debate: Can the harmonisation of reporting frameworks and data disclosure prevent greenwashing?

  • For the motion
  • Against the motion

(Including live audience polls before and after the debate)

10.45

Coffee break

11.15

Panel: What ESG data influences investment decisions?

  • Understanding how ESG data can be used throughout the investment value chain, from selecting the investment to measuring its ESG performance
  • Data provider selection: navigating through the plethora of different providers and ensuring that the data purchased aligns with the ESG investment strategy
  • Which ESG metrics should investors prioritise? Will forward-looking metrics take over?
  • Practical examples of how asset managers are using data, such as aggregating third party data and overlaying it with in-house methodologies:
  • Discussing the limitations of self-reported corporate data vs. AI-derived data
  • Managing the costs of increasingly complex data needs due to reporting requirements
  • Discussing the lack of correlation and transparency between ESG rating methodologies: - How can it improve? Does it actually need to? Is this "black box" problematic for investors, or simply par for the course, given that there is no single definition of ESG?

Moderator:
Jimmy Greer, VP - Outreach & Research, Moody's ESG Solutions, Moody's

Panellists:
Diandra Soobiah, Head of Responsible InvestmentNEST (National Employment Savings Trust)
Gema Esteban Garrido, Global Head of ESG, IG4 Capital
Hetal Patel, Head of Climate Investment Risk, Phoenix Group
David Hickey, Director, UK Head of Sustainability, BlackRock

12.00

Presentation: Impact investments – investor case study: building an internal impact model

Rupini Deepa Rajagopalan, Head of ESG Office, Berenberg

12.15

Panel: Corporates' perspectives on data disclosures and corporate sustainability reporting

  • Ensuring that the metrics you are using for reporting and disclosure are integral to the ESG strategy, and the overall corporate strategy
  • Managing the challenges of an increased burden of reporting, meeting increasingly complex reporting requirements with limited regulatory guidance, and assuring the data
    • What best practices are emerging? How is double materiality being approached?
  • Examining the challenges faced by SMEs and small companies in meeting increased disclosure requirements
  • Aligning financial reporting with non-financial reporting:
    • How are ESG KPIs getting integrated with quarterly/annual financial reporting, and annual corporate reports? Will all corporates eventually move towards fully integrated reporting?
    • What needs to happen within the corporation, from getting board buy-in to integrating ESG into internal controls, and ensuring alignment between the sustainability team and the finance team?
  • How successfully are corporates engaging with their investors, and vice versa, to meet evolving data needs, and ensure that KPIs are strategically aligned?
  • What more can ratings providers do to support corporates in meeting their ESG goals? Should they engage more with corporates when conducting their assessments?
  • To what extent are private unregulated companies adopting voluntary best practices for ESG disclosure? Will this become a growing trend in order for them to compete for capital alongside public companies?

Panellists:
Andrew Young, Vice President, ESG & Climate Change Research, MSCI
Eliza Mahdavy, Group Head of ESG Performance, EDF
Florence Renouard de Maistre, ESG Reporting Manager, TotalEnergies
Harriet Howey, Global Non-Financial Reporting and ESG Lead, Diageo
Lene Bjørn Serpa, Head of Corporate Sustainability & ESG, A.P. Moller-Maersk

13.00

Lunch

14.00

Climate Stream 

Non-Climate Stream 

Panel: Measuring and reporting
transition commitments

  • What products and tools are available, and how can ESG ratings help?
  • Advances in using forward-looking metrics for measuring transition, and how to detect and avoid greenwashing
  • How and when might more granularity be achieved when measuring transition?
  • Update from the Transition Plan Taskforce on standards and best practices to measure net zero alignment, and how these can inform the engagement process
  • Measuring and reporting transition in shareholder resolutions

Panellists:
Patrick Arber, Head of International
Government Engagement, Aviva Investors,
& Member of Delivery Group, Transition
Plan Taskforce
Sofia Bartholdy, Net Zero Lead,
Investment Division, Church
Commissioners for England

Panel: Social metrics - what data can be
used to measure social investments
and to what extent can they be
quantified?

  • How are social metrics currently being reported?
  • Where is the alpha in social data?
  • To what extent are social metrics too qualitative to be measured in a meaningful way? What quantitative metrics are actually available? How can AI be used to fill data gaps?
  • Examining advances in developing DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) metrics
  • Understanding civil liberty and privacy issues in different jurisdictions when collating social data (ethnicity, gender, etc) from corporate workforces
  • Are more practices being developed for ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce in the post-pandemic economy, and how are these being measured?
  • How are human rights metrics being integrated into ESG reporting and strategies, and how could human rights data be improved?
  • What regulation might be introduced to standardise social metrics, and what lessons can be learnt from climate metrics when developing a social taxonomy?

Panellists:
Helen Price, Head of Stewardship, Brunel Pension Partnership
Nikolaj Halkjaer Pedersen, Senior Lead, Human Rights, PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment)
Sebastiaan Reinders, Head of Investment Science, NN Investment Partners

14.45

Climate Stream 

Non-Climate Stream 

Panel: Climate change scenario
modelling – challenges, solutions and
innovations

  • How to get data that is precise and comparable for climate change scenario modelling?
  • How can AI be used for climate change scenario modelling?
  • Examples of actual climate change scenarios in line with TCFD requirements
  • What best practices are emerging?

Panel: The emerging ecosystem of data
and tools for biodiversity and
nature-related investments

  • Mapping the recent progress in nature-related investment data: what data sources are currently available?
  • Update from the TNFD (Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures) and other standard-setting initiatives for nature-related investments
  • Investor insights on identifying the risks of biodiversity investments, how to mitigate these, and which data to use
  • Understanding how footprinting works as a tool for modelling the impact of biodiversity on investments
  • Exploring future potential developments and innovations in biodiversity and natural capital data

Panellists:
Arjan Ruijs, Senior Responsible Investment Officer, ACTIAM
James d'Ath, Data and Analytics Technical Lead, TNFD (Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures)
Robert-Alexandre Poujade, ESG Analyst, Biodiversity Lead, BNP Paribas Asset Management

15.30

Coffee break

15.55

Panel: Managing the complexities of ESG data to adhere to EU regulations

  • The impact of ESG data challenges on the EU regulations: how are data providers supporting investors?
  • How are financial advisors coping with these challenges and how are product manufacturers are responding to advisors' needs?
  • Will new corporate disclosure requirements under CSRD and the envisioned EU ESG database solve some of these issues?
  • What's next for the EU Taxonomy and SFDR, and other regulations, such as PAI?

Moderator:
Senior Representative, Sustainalytics

16.35

Debate: Should ESG rating agencies be regulated?

  • For the motion
  • Against the motion

(Including live audience polls before and after the debate)

16.55

Panel: The Future of ESG data – where is the market heading?

  • How can we use ESG data and AI/ML to achieve greater insights and make better decisions?
  • What are the use cases of ESG data, and what new innovative products are being developed?
  • Where are the data gaps and how to fill them? (for example, supply chains, scope 3 emissions, private markets)
  • Where next for ESG raters? What is the future of ESG rating agencies now that there is going to be more mandatory disclosure of data and it will also be more readily available through the ESAP? How will they need to evolve?
  • What data do we need to build the sustainable products of the future?
  • To what extent could satellite data, alternative data and other innovations transform ESG data?
  • Impact and double materiality – how will this play out?

Panellists:
Alex Money, CEO, Oxford Earth Observation
Reinhilde Weidacher, Managing Director, Head of ESG Data Strategy, ISS ESG
James Leaton, Research Director,SDI AOP (Sustainable Development Investments Asset Owner Platform)

17.30

End of conference