Diving deep into frontline debates of ESG and sustainable finance

Join the Responsible Investor Asia conference to gain valuable insight into how leading organisations are implementing ESG and responsible investment strategies that deliver value and sustainable outcomes.

Debate with sustainably focused investors on current trends that are shaping the regional landscape, including achieving net-zero ambitions, climate risk scenario analysis, developments in the local and regional regulatory landscape, the evolution of the carbon trading market, the growth of the sustainable banking sector, the rising cost of palm oil and implication for deforestation, and much more.

The event is a must-attend for ESG, sustainable finance and responsible investment professionals in Asia.

What to expect at the forum?

Valuable insight into the sustainable finance industry

Hear from industry leaders on topics and trends that are shaping the investment landscape during high-level discussions critical to advancing Asia’s future economy.

Expand your professional network 

 

Connect with stakeholders in all aspects of the ESG spectrum. From banks, pension funds, insurers, NGOs, think tanks, and financial regulators. Build your network to advance your professional horizons.

Asian-focused content with a global perspective

With a well-established network of sustainable finance practitioners, Responsible Investor will bring together both local and international attendees to discuss how to progress Asian business in a sustainability-conscious world.

2021 attendees included:

Join leading Asian asset owners & industry professionals

APG
BloombergNEF
Cathay Financial Holdings
CLP Holdings
Dai-ichi Life International
Kumpulan Wang Persaraan
Moody’s
Seneca ESG
S&P Global
Sustainable1
Sustainable Fitch
Taiwan Depository Clearing Corporation
WWF

Key event themes

  • Implementing net-zero and decarbonisation: how do regional regulators align their environmental requirements with financial institutions in their net-zero ambitions?
  • Sustainability disclosure outlook: understand the evolution of sustainable finance disclosure regulations in Asia, get a comparison to other key jurisdictions globally, and digest what the implications are for global investors’ ESG disclosure
  • Climate physical risk analysis and risk mitigation: how well do investors understand physical risk in Asia and what do they do about it?
  • Tackling green and sustainability washing: how do responsible investors build in-house knowledge and implement safeguards to stamp out greenwashing?
  • Development and impact investing: get an overview of impact funds deploying capital in Asia
  • The growth of the sustainable banking sector: how are banks delivering on their sustainability pledges?
  • Palm oil and deforestation: with the price of palm oil increasing due to the Ukraine crisis, how can responsible investors ensure this doesn’t endanger Asia’s natural capital and forests?
  • Get up to speed on leading responsible investment practices: how are leaders integrating ESG practices into their portfolio construction and management?

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The Responsible Investor Asia conference will take place on 22-23 November 2022, all timings are in Singapore Standard Time (UTC+9).

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Agenda

RI Asia 2022 - Day 1 - Tuesday 22nd

08:00 - 08:50

Registration

Plenary
08:50 - 09:00

Welcome remarks from Responsible Investor

09:00 - 09:45

To what extent should the Asian sustainability agenda be different to Western priorities?

  • Does ESG have an image problem in APAC?
  • Service-based economies are naturally going to have a lower carbon footprint than those heavily involved in manufacturing/raw material extraction, how does this reality in Asia impact the practicality of a transition to net zero?
  • Which sustainability KPI’s should be prioritised for disclosure?
  • Which sustainability metrics will be penalised by investors?
  • What are the regional differences in sustainability agendas and how do they translate into what investors are doing?
09:45 - 10:30

Balancing a Just Transition and net-zero achievement in Asia

  • How do investor balance decarbonisation efforts with energy security and the social imperative for economic development?
  • How are the very painful short-term effects of rapid decarbonisation to be navigated and weathered?
  • Is the just transition concept being applied enough in emerging markets?
  • What social risks does rapid decarbonisation present to Asian economies?
  • Climate impact won’t be achieved through business as usual, so what needs to change?
  • What partnerships and new models are needed to create scalable climate impact?
  • How do regional regulators align their environmental requirements with financial institutions in their net-zero ambitions?
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee & networking

Plenary
11:00 - 11:30

Keynote #1

11:30 - 12:15

Asia’s sustainable finance regulatory outlook

  • Understand the ongoing evolution of sustainable finance regulations in key Asian markets
  • What is the outlook for approaches being taken by Asia’s regulator, in terms of mandatory vs soft-touch, principle-based disclosure requirements?
  • Is there a second mover advantage for Asia’s regulators?
  • What is the regulatory agenda for the next 2-3 years?
  • How are investors reconciling local regulations and regional, such as ASEAN, disclosure frameworks?
  • To what extent do emerging Asian regulations align and differ with other jurisdictions such as the EU taxonomy and the SEC’s upcoming rules?
  • EU is often regarded as the leader when it comes to sustainable finance regulatory frameworks, how far is Asia as compared to the EU?
  • How long before Asian regulators make climate disclosures mandatory?
  • Given the global scope of investors, will there be a natural converge in disclosure standards over time?
12:15 - 13:00

ISSB, TCFD and beyond: update on voluntary global disclosure frameworks standardisation

• How will ESG data & disclosure practices develop in the coming decade?
• How have disclosure initiatives such as the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) progressed?
• To what extent are Asian institutions using voluntary standards to guide their sustainability reporting?
• Will voluntary standards be adopted by regulatory bodies in key Asian markets?
• To what extent should investors rely on regulations and external standards to guide their data gathering, engagement and disclosure?

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Stream A
14:00 - 14:30

Presentation

14:30 - 15:15

Navigating the impact and opportunity of a green transition in Asia

  • Do profitability and sustainability always go hand in hand?
  • Are investors willing to accept lower short term returns in exchange for long term resilience?
  • Will the green transition put pressure on the bottom line? What about compliance with global social and human rights standards?
  • What are the opportunities available to Asian companies?
Stream B
14:00 - 14:30

Presentation

14:30 - 15:15

The growth of sustainable banking

  • How are banks delivering on their sustainability pledges?
  • What is the state of current sustainable banking practices, where is there room for innovation?
  • What are the main challenges faced by lenders in creating credible ESG-orientated incentives to their borrowers in sustainability-linked loans?
15:15 - 15:45

Networking break

Stream A
15:45 - 16:30

Climate scenario analysis and managing physical risk

  • SE Asia is particularly exposed to sea level rises, severe typhoons, tsunamis and other natural disasters, how are financial institutions capturing climate risks to the economy and financial system?
  • How sophisticated and accurate are climate models as it stands?
  • How can climate analysis be translated into actionable practices for investment decision making and mitigation?
  • Considering other risks including physical risk and interaction between physical and transition risks
16:30 - 17:15

The role of finance in achieving net zero

  • What are some of the more innovative models being applied in climate-orientated and adaptation finance?
  • What is the opportunity for investors in climate finance in Asia?
  • Brown-to-green transition finance: what financial products can incentivise development of a more renewable energy mix in the region?
  • To what extent are sustainability-linked loans, green bonds and blended finance solutions able to move the needle on net zero achievement?
  • What is the future role of ‘catalytic’ subsidised capital in blended financing structures?
Stream B
15:45 - 16:30

Going deeper: Using ESG data to enhance sustainable outcomes and investment strategy

  • Comparing ESG data practices for public and private companies
  • How can investors and bankers analyse an ESG score and dig deeper into what it means for a company?
  • How can investors and companies avoid drowning in ESG data and purposeless data gathering?
  • How do investors determine what is material ESG information and how should it be used?
  • What data is available to properly assess deforestation, human rights and other crucial ESG risks?
  • How can investors make the most of new sources of information e.g. satellite data, artificial intelligence, big data?
16:30 - 17:15

The accuracy of ESG ratings in the Asian context

  • Do ESG ratings penalise Asian companies unfairly?
  • Should providers provide more transparency on ESG rating methodologies?
  • Should metrics that feed Asian companies ratings be different to other regions to reflect different priorities?
17:15 - 18:00

Cocktail Reception

Agenda

RI Asia 2022 - Day 2 - Wednesday 23rd

08:15 - 09:00

Asset-owners breakfast

Stream A
09:00 - 10:30

Deep Dive workshop: how to achieve a net zero goal

In this workshop for asset owners and fund managers, we’ll look to explore engagement best practices on climate and more broadly investment stewardship when it comes to data & disclosures, active ownership and long-term investment horizons in transitioning portfolios to a net zero goal. The workshop will explore questions such as:

·       What are the obstacles to get more asset owners in this region to visibly commit and take action on responsible stewardship and sustainable investment?

·       How to evaluate climate impacts of portfolios currently?

·       How to evaluate the outcomes of stewardship activities?

·       Should Asian institutions mandatorily disclose portfolio carbon footprint?

·       Should investors establish, or restrict proxy advisers, to enable institutions to cast votes more rationally?

·       What information do asset owners expect in order to avoid investing in a green-washed fund?

 

 

 

Stream B
09:00 - 09:45

Development & impact: The growth of impact investing in Asia

  • Impact investing has exploded in private equity, but what does it look like in a public equities context?
  • What is the difference between ESG and Impact?
  • Do impact investments necessarily result in returns that are concessionary and lower relative to non-impact investments?
  • What are the best examples of impact investors deploying capital in Asia?
  • What is the appetite of regional asset owners to allocate to impact products?
09:45 - 10:30

Protecting labour rights in the corporate supply chain

  • How can financial institutions get a handle on and map their exposure to human rights abuses such as child and forced labour, and modern-day slavery?
  • What policies and practices are leading organisations implementing to protect human rights within their sphere of business influence?
  • What can be learnt from efforts to address human right issues in corporate supply chains?
10:30 - 11:00

Networking Break

Stream A
11:00 - 12:00

The question of palm oil and deforestation

  • With the price of palm oil increasing due to the Ukraine war, how can responsible investors ensure this doesn’t endanger Asia’s forests?
  • How successful have corporate and investors efforts fared in protecting the region’s forests?
  • What are the innovations in corporate efforts to halt deforestation?
  • Can forests become natural capital assets that are investable?
  • To what extent can investors engage with buyers to create greater demand for RSPO-certified palm oil?
Stream B
11:00 - 12:00

Evolution of the Asian carbon trading market

  • How are efforts to set up a voluntary carbon market coming along?
  • What are the different types of carbon credits available?
  • How can, or should, carbon credits be used as part of net zero strategy?
  • What is the opportunity in Asia for high-quality carbon credits?
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

Plenary
13:00 - 13:30

Keynote #2

13:30 - 14:15

Future of biodiversity in investment portfolios - risks and opportunities

  • What biodiversity investment products focused on ASAC are there on the market?
  • With COP 15 coming up, what role can investors play in addressing biodiversity loss in Asia?
  • What are the risks associated with biodiversity loss?
  • How can investors manage biodiversity risk in the portfolio?
  • What lessons learned from climate change engagement that can be applied to biodiversity protection?
  • What types of investments can be natural capital assets?
  • What is the return/risk profile of natural capital assets, and how scalable are these strategies?
14:15 - 14:20

Closing remarks

14:20 - 14:30

End of conference

Khalid Azizuddin

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

Khalid retrained as a journalist after working for a number of years in corporate strategy at Sime Darby in Malaysia. He focuses on sustainability data & disclosures, policy and developing markets. He is a former winner of the CFA UK Journalist o… Read full bio

Julia Anna Bingler

Fellow - Monetary Policy, Council on Economic Policies

Julia Anna Bingler is a fellow with CEP, where she focuses on integrating climate and environmental risks in financial regulation and monetary policy. Prior to joining CEP, Julia did her PhD in Economics at ETH Zurich, where she focused on climate tr… Read full bio

Reema Bhattacharya

Head of Asia Risk Insight

Reema Bhattacharya is the Head of Asia Risk Insight at Verisk Maplecroft's Singapore office. She advises clients on critical Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) and geopolitical risks that may affect their operations and exposure to… Read full bio

Wallace Chu

ESG Product Manager

Wallace Chu is the ESG product manager at TDCC, the provider of post-trading services in Taiwan. He is responsible for crafting and implementing ESG strategy for servicing domestic issuers, institutions and the public. He is now focusing on leveragin… Read full bio

Joseph D'Cruz

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph D’Cruz (JD) joined the RSPO as Chief Executive Officer in March 2022, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. D’Cruz brings over over twenty years’ experience in sustainability, having worked on a range of global development challenges from environme… Read full bio

Purkayastha Dhruba

India Director & USICEF Director, Climate Policy Initiative

Dhruba Purkayastha is India Director of Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and Director of the US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative. With over 25 years of international experience in management consulting, investment banking, credit rating,… Read full bio

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker began her career as a banker before moving into journalism in 2003. She took over as editor of Responsible Investor in April after leaving Euromoney, where she worked for 13 years covering emerging markets and sustainable finan… Read full bio

Julian Hashim

Chief Regulatory Officer

Julian, an advocate & solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia, was a founder partner of a leading Kuala Lumpur law firm. In his 25 years of legal practice, Julian advised on all aspects of corporate transactional work including international and… Read full bio

Mushtaq Kapasi

Managing Director and Chief Representative, Asia Pacific

Mushtaq Kapasi is ICMA’s Chief Representative for the Asia-Pacific region. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2002, engaged in senior strategy, capital market and legal roles covering the region at international banks active in Asia. He has worked… Read full bio

Benjamin MacCarron

Founder and Managing Director, Asia Research and Engagement

Benjamin McCarron is the Founder and Managing Director of Singapore headquartered Asia Research & Engagement (ARE). ARE collaborates with global institutional investors to raise ESG matters with Asian corporations. Thematic areas include Energy T… Read full bio

Juliette Macresy

Senior Director – Head of APAC Sales, Moody’s ESG Solutions

Juliette Macresy is Senior Director, Head of Asia sales at Moody’s ESG Solutions. She worked at VE since 1997 based in Hong Kong. As the Head of Greater China and South East Asian markets, she covered the region for both investors and issuers on sust… Read full bio

Sugandhi Matta

Chief Impact Officer, ABC Impact

As Chief Impact Officer, Sugandhi leads the firm's approach towards assessing, measuring, consolidating, and driving impact outcomes across its portfolio companies, in order to deliver measurable, positive impact alongside compelling financial return… Read full bio
Rizal Mohamed Ali, Retirement Find (Incorporated)/ KWAP

Rizal Mohamed Ali

Vice President, Responsible Investment, Retirement Find (Incorporated)/ KWAP

Rizal has over 20 years experience in legal and ESG related work. He was previously a legal officer for a public listed conglomerate prior to joining KWAP over 10 years ago. He presently heads the Responsible Investment Section at KWAP, which was set… Read full bio

Nagarajan Srini

Managing Director and Head of Asia, British International Investment

Srini joined British International Investment in 2013 to lead the Asia team under the organisation’s new investment strategy. He has the distinction of having been our first overseas employee and he has been instrumental in building a high-quality po… Read full bio

Kamal Prakash Seth

Global Palm Oil Lead

Kamal is the Global Palm Oil Lead for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) based in Singapore. His expertise lies in providing strategic direction for mainstreaming sustainable palm oil production, trade and consumption and for organisations to take… Read full bio

Beverley Postma

Executive Director

Beverley Postma is the Executive Director of Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder platform established by the World Economic Forum and the ASEAN Secretariat to cultivate more inclusive, resilient and sustainable food systems in Southeast Asia. Grow Asia do… Read full bio

Erika Susanto

ESG Research & Data Director

Erika leads the ESG Data and Research team and has oversight of FAIRR’s work in quantitative research and analytical tools. She provides strategic direction to the development of FAIRR’s full suite of comprehensive ESG data and market research tools,… Read full bio

Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift

Chief Executive Officer, Bursa Malaysia

Muhamad Umar Swift is the Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia Berhad. He is also the director of all subsidiary companies within Bursa Malaysia Group, and serves as a Chairman of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives and Clearing. Umar has more than 25 ye… Read full bio

Michael Tang

Head of Listing Policy and Product Admission

Michael is the head of Listing Policy & Product Admission at Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo), a subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX) that undertakes frontline regulatory functions. He oversees listing policy and rules development and… Read full bio

Joyce Toh

Head of ESG, Nippon Life Global Investors Singapore

Joyce Toh is a Head of ESG and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nippon Life Global Investors Singapore. She has more than 20 years of experience in Asian Equities investment and holds a Bachelor degree in Business (Financial Analysis) from Nanyang Technol… Read full bio