Driving the future of European sustainable finance

Responsible Investor’s 17th annual RI Europe conference is returning to London next June. The 2024 edition of the flagship event will discuss sustainable finance developments and industry best practices.

Gain insights from those leading the sustainable finance drive in Europe on topical ESG themes including accelerating net zero progress, the evolving EU regulatory landscape, getting to grips with biodiversity risk management, the future of ESG data strategy, and more.

Join over 600 leading investors and fund managers for two days of networking at the must-attend event for sustainable finance.

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2024 key themes:

  • EU regulatory landscape and its implications
  • Road to net zero: Fostering the decarbonisation of Europe’s economy
  • Effective engagement: What lessons have we learnt and how stewardship standards improve?
  • Biodiversity and nature: Navigating data collection and stakeholder expectations
  • Transition finance: What comes next for 2024?
  • Keeping track of and adapting to evolving sustainability regulations worldwide
  • Standard setting: Innovation and interoperability
  • How are investors tackling biodiversity loss and reductions in resource and water use
  • 2024 European Parliament election

Snapshot of this year's attendees

Meet leading asset owners including:

What can you expect at the forum?

Get real insight into the industry

RI Europe’s innovative programme gets straight to the point on what sustainability means for business and investment in the real world. Topics include EU regulatory landscape, road to net zero, transition finance and many more.

Build a long-lasting network

Our event facilitates networking opportunities that drive collaboration and foster innovation. Network in-person at our workshops, panels, private breakfasts, debates, and evening drinks reception.

Meet leading asset owners

Hear from investors honing their sustainable finance strategy and creating real impact. Gain insights on their ESG allocation strategies, priorities and preferences for their next investment partner.

Stay ahead of market trends

Be in the know about upcoming changes to regulations, latest trends and emerging opportunities in the world of responsible investment. Keep your strategies fresh and adapt to the rapidly evolving landscape.

Unparalleled learning opportunities

Not only will you network with the best in the business, but you’ll also gain invaluable insights and expertise through interactive sessions, discussions, and workshops.

Connect with the ESG community

Meet with the ESG community at the forefront of shaping sustainable finance in Europe. Engage with investment professionals, regulators, academics, NGOs, and legal experts who are driving meaningful change in the industry.

2024 speaker line-up includes:

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Are you an asset owner in public markets?

A limited number of complimentary passes are available for eligible asset owners to join the event.

To qualify for a complimentary pass, you must meet the eligibility criteria in representing a pension fund, insurance company, sovereign wealth fund, foundation, endowment, trust, family office or corporate investment division.

Apply for a pass and a member of our team will follow up with you to secure your pass.

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Connect with investors & ESG professionals

Responsible Investor Europe provides an opportunity to make connections with an exclusive audience of ESG and sustainable finance decision makers. Share your solutions, collaborate and network with senior-level executives through bespoke sponsorship packages to meet your 2024 business goals.

Enquire about sponsorship

For more information on the agenda or speaking opportunities, please contact Joana Frade.

joana.f@pei.group | +44 20 3640 7518

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Day 1 Day 2
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Agenda

RI Europe 2024 - Day 1 - Wednesday 12th

08:00 - 08:55

Registration and refreshments

Plenary
08:55 - 09:00

Opening remarks

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker
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Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

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09:00 - 09:50

Plenary 1: Tackling transition finance: Next steps for investors

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Cathrine De Coninck Lopez, Jane Goodland, Marcus Svedberg, Faith Ward
  • Investing in the energy transition: opportunities and limitations
  • Are regulatory regimes designed to support transition finance?
  • Defining transition finance: achieving consensus, building guardrails
  • Is transition finance compatible with net zero commitments?

Moderator: Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Editor, Responsible Investor

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Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

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Cathrine De Coninck Lopez

Global Head of Responsible Investment, HSBC Asset Management

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Jane Goodland

Group Head of Sustainability, LSEG

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Marcus Svedberg

Chief Economist, Folksam

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Faith Ward

Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership

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09:50 - 10:40

Plenary 2: Policy and regulation: Sustainable finance in the next EU legislative phase

Elza Holmstedt Pell, Piet Klop, Elizabeth Lance, Aleksandra Palinska, Magali Van Coppenolle
  • What comes next? Hopes, expectations and concerns in the aftermath of EU elections
  • SFDR and taxonomy progress: is usability improving?
  • The ones that got away: transition, social and stewardship
  • CSRD: how are corporates coping in year one?

Moderator: Elza Holmstedt Pell, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

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Elza Holmstedt Pell

Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

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Piet Klop

Head of Responsible Investment, PGGM

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Elizabeth Lance

Assistant Chief Counsel, ICI Global

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Aleksandra Palinska

Executive Director, Eurosif

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Magali Van Coppenolle

Global Head of Policy, Climate Bonds Initiative

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10:40 - 11:10

Networking break

Plenary
11:10 - 11:30

Keynote 1: Regulation: EU / UK

Elza Holmstedt Pell, Verena Ross

Moderator: Elza Holmstedt Pell, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

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Elza Holmstedt Pell

Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

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Verena Ross

Chair

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11:30 - 12:20

Plenary 3: Sustainability standards: Implementation and interoperability

Fiona McNally, Kiran Aziz, Elisa Cencig, Nicolaj Sebrell, Michael Taschner
  • Expectations for the first round of CSRD reporting
  • Interoperability between the big three: is it looking likely?
  • Sector standards: what do investors want and need?
  • Nature and social under the ESRS and ISSB

Moderator: Fiona McNally, Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Fiona McNally

Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Kiran Aziz

Head of Responsible Investments, KLP

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Elisa Cencig

Head of Policy Engagement, Norges Bank Investment Management

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Nicolaj Sebrell

Director of Investor Relationships - EMEA, IFRS Foundation

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Michael Taschner

Head of Sustainability Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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12:20 - 13:10

Plenary 4: TNFD: Getting to grips with nature-related reporting

Gina Gambetta, Romie Goedicke den Hertog, Tony Goldner, Till Jung, Sylvain Vanston
  • Lessons from early adopters of the TNFD framework
  • Will TNFD provide the data investors need to invest in and engage on nature?
  • How does the TNFD align with other initiatives (e.g. SBTN, EFRAG, GRI)?
  • Next steps: Update from the TNFD on its work

Moderator: Gina Gambetta, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Romie Goedicke den Hertog

Co-head Nature, UNEP FI

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Tony Goldner

Executive Director

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Till Jung

Head of ISS ESG, ISS ESG

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Sylvain Vanston

Director of Climate Investment Research, MSCI

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13:10 - 14:10

Lunch

Stream A
14:10 - 14:55

A1: Second-mover advantage: UK sustainable finance regulation

Dominic Webb, Ben Caldecott, Ingrid Holmes
  • How are investors feeling about the long-delayed UK green taxonomy?
  • What will political shifts mean for UK regulation on sustainable finance?
  • Will incorporation of ISSB be pain-free or a compliance nightmare?
  • How are investors preparing for the implementation of SDR?

Moderator: Dominic Webb, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Dominic Webb

Reporter, Responsible Investor   

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Ben Caldecott

Co-Head, Secretariat, Transition Plan Taskforce and Member, UK Climate Change Committee

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Ingrid Holmes

Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

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14:55 - 15:00

Short turnaround break

15:00 - 15:45

A2: ESG ratings: Overhaul or business as usual?

Khalid Azizuddin, Vipul Arora, Alexandra Pavlovskis, Linda Zeilina-Cross
  • What do recent developments to regulate or provide guidance for ESG ratings mean in practice for ratings providers and investors?
  • How can ESG ratings evolve further?
  • The potential for leveraging forward-looking data from company reporting

Moderator: Khalid Azizuddin, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Khalid Azizuddin

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Vipul Arora

Partner, ESG & Climate Solutions, Sattva Consulting

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Alexandra Pavlovskis

ESG Product Strategy Lead, Financial Information, SIX

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Linda Zeilina-Cross

CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC)

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Stream B
14:10 - 14:55

B1: AGMs and ESG: Is proxy voting losing its lustre?

Paul Verney, Colin Baines, Catherine Howarth, Paul Lee
  • How can investors use their votes most effectively to drive change?
  • How have investor voting patterns evolved over the past two years?
  • Filing proposals: the challenges and opportunities for investors
  • How does proxy voting compare with other forms of stewardship in terms of impact?

Moderator: Paul Verney, Features Writer, Responsible Investor

 

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Paul Verney

Features Writer, Responsible Investor

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Colin Baines

Stewardship Manager, Border to Coast Pensions Partnership

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Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive, ShareAction

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Paul Lee

Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investment Strategy

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14:55 - 15:00

Short turnaround break

15:00 - 15:45

B2: Corporate due diligence: Risk, regulation and reporting

Gina Gambetta, Aleksandra Palinska, Isabella Ritter, Jamie Williamson
  • CSDDD outcome and next steps
  • Investor due diligence approaches and developments
  • The regulatory outlook across jurisdictions
  • Managing supply chain risk: the challenges for investors

Moderator: Gina Gambetta, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Aleksandra Palinska

Executive Director, Eurosif

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Isabella Ritter

Senior EU Policy Officer, ShareAction

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Jamie Williamson

Executive Director, ICoCA

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Stream C
14:10 - 14:55

C1: ESG assurance: Rising to the challenge

Fiona McNally, Josephine Jackson, Patrick Parent, Jen Sisson
  • Sustainability assurance: a game changer for comparable and reliable data?
  • How valuable is limited assurance to investors?
  • Dealing with qualified reports
  • Auditors: are there enough to go around?
  • Does the market need more labels or is GSS+ the way to go?

Moderator: Fiona McNally, Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Fiona McNally

Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Josephine Jackson

Vice Chair, IAASB

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Patrick Parent

Chair of the CEAOB / Director for prospective and international affairs at H2A, H2A (Haute Autorité de l’Audit)

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Jen Sisson

CEO, ICGN

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14:55 - 15:00

Short turnaround break

15:00 - 15:45

C2: ESG-labelled bonds: Ensuring integrity, managing incentives

Dominic Webb, Anand Rajagopal, Simone Utermarck
  • Will the EU Green Bond Standard prove successful in raising quality? Are other jurisdictions likely to follow?
  • Is the SLB market reaching its moment of maturity after long periods of controversy?
  • How are investors pricing SLB step-ups?

Moderator: Dominic Webb, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Dominic Webb

Reporter, Responsible Investor   

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Anand Rajagopal

Shareholder Assets & Private Markets Sustainability Lead, Phoenix Group

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Simone Utermarck

Senior Director, Sustainable Finance, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

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Workshops
16:00 - 17:00

Workshop A: Carbon markets

This session allows participants to learn from both experts and each other, providing interactive small group discussions guided by designated facilitators.

16:00 - 17:00

Workshop B: Climate adaptation

Craig Davies

This session allows participants to learn from both experts and each other, providing interactive small group discussions guided by designated facilitators.

Facilitator: Craig Davies, CEO, Cadlas

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Craig Davies

CEO

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16:00 - 17:00

Workshop C: Scope 3

Claire Elsdon, James Vaccaro

This session allows participants to learn from both experts and each other, providing interactive small group discussions guided by designated facilitators.

Facilitator: Claire Elsdon, Global Director, Capital Markets, CDP

Co-Facilitator: James Vaccaro, Chief Catalyst, Climate Safe Lending Network

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Claire Elsdon

Director of Capital Markets, CDP

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James Vaccaro

Chief Catalyst, Climate Safe Lending Network

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16:00 - 17:00

Workshop D: Critical minerals

Phil Bloomer

This session allows participants to learn from both experts and each other, providing interactive small group discussions guided by designated facilitators.

Facilitator:  Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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Phil Bloomer

Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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16:00 - 17:00

Workshop E: Social data

Signe Andreasen Lysgaard, Clare Richards, Shavana Haythornwaite

This session allows participants to learn from both experts and each other, providing interactive small group discussions guided by designated facilitators.

Co-Facilitator:  Signe Andreasen Lysgaard, Chief Adviser, Human Rights and Business

Co-Facilitator: Clare Richards, Director, Social, Responsible Investment, Church of England Pensions Board

Co-Facilitator: Shavana Haythornwaite, ESG Research Associate Director, Human Rights and Conflict Zones, Morningstar Sustainalytics

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Signe Andreasen Lysgaard

Chief Adviser, Business and Human Rights, Danish Institute for Human Rights

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Clare Richards

Director, Social – Responsible Investment, Church of England Pensions Board

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Shavana Haythornwaite

Head of Human Rights and Conflict Zones, Morningstar Sustainalytics

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17:00 - 18:30

Networking drinks

18:30 - 18:30

End of day one

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RI Europe 2024 - Day 2 - Thursday 13th

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and refreshments

08:00 - 09:00

Invitation only AO breakfast

Hilkka Komulainen, Patrick Peura

Join fellow asset owners for a breakfast briefing and peer-to-peer discussions. This is a closed-door session for asset owners only.

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Hilkka Komulainen

Head of Responsible Investment, Aegon UK

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Patrick Peura

ESG Engagement Manager, Allianz Investment Management, Co-lead of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance Engagement Track, Allianz Investment Management

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Stream A
09:00 - 09:40

A3: Deep dive: Assessing corporate transition plans

Carmen Nuzzo, Claire Dorrian, Honor Fell, Rafel Servent
  • What makes a credible transition plan?
  • Models and methodologies assessed
  • Sectoral approaches and distinctions
  • Timelines for transition
  • The role of carbon pricing and offsets in transition plans

Moderator: Carmen Nuzzo, Professor in Practice – Executive Director, Transition Pathway Initiative Centre LSE

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Carmen Nuzzo

Professor in Practice, Executive Director, Transition Pathway Initiative Centre LSE

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Claire Dorrian

Head of Sustainable Finance, Capital Markets and Post Trade, LSEG

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Honor Fell

Associate Director and Sustainable Investment Lead, University of Cambridge Investment Management (“UCIM”)

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Rafel Servent

Engagement Manager, MUFG Asset Management

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09:40 - 10:20

A4: Engagement in emerging markets

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Alasdair Docherty, Olga Hancock, Peter Taylor, Amy Wilson
  • Bonds vs equities: where are the greater opportunities for influence?
  • Public sector: engaging with sovereigns and SOEs
  • Making and measuring impact through engagement
  • Strength in numbers: the power of collaborative engagement

Moderator: Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Editor, Responsible Investor

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Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

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Alasdair Docherty

Sustainable Finance and Data Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

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Olga Hancock

Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England

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Peter Taylor

Head of Engagement, IIGCC

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Amy Wilson

Head of Stewardship Team, Norges Bank Investment Management

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10:20 - 11:00

A5: Sustainability and insurers: limitations and opportunities

Rory Sullivan, Sindhu Krishna, Mette Emsholm Gahr
  • Understanding the specific sustainability requirements of insurers as asset owners
  • How has Solvency II affected insurers’ ability to finance the energy transition?
  • Where are the main opportunities for insurers in ESG investing in 2024?

Moderator: Rory Sullivan, CEO, Chronos Sustainability

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Rory Sullivan

CEO, Chronos Sustainability

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Sindhu Krishna

Head of Sustainable Investments, The Phoenix Group

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Mette Emsholm Gahr

Climate Investment Analyst, Zurich Insurance Group

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Stream B
09:00 - 09:40

B3: Deep dive: Scenario analysis: An investor’s guide

Jakob Thomä, Jean Boissinot, Girish Narula, Sandy Trust, Agnieszka Trzcinska
  • Physical risk vs transition risk
  • Understanding central bank models
  • Lessons from the insurance industry

Moderator: Jakob Thoma, Co-Founder & Research Director, Theia Finance Labs

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Jakob Thomä

Co-Founder & Research Director, Theia Finance Labs

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Jean Boissinot

Deputy Director Financial Stability Head of NGFS Secretariat, Banque de France

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Girish Narula

Head of Sustainable Finance, EMEA and APAC, ICE

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Sandy Trust

Chair, IFOA’s Sustainability Board

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Agnieszka Trzcinska

Team Lead – Financial Stability, European Central Bank

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09:40 - 10:20

B4: Nature data: Measurement, metrics, missing pieces

Gina Gambetta, Micha van den Boogerd
  • How are innovations in location-specific data filling in the gaps?
  • How are investors approaching the biodiversity metric debate?
  • Is ocean ecosystem data the next frontier?
  • What does contributing to “nature positive” mean?
  • How are investors starting to set nature targets for their portfolios?

Moderator: Gina Gambetta, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Micha van den Boogerd

Director Responsible Investment Services, TAUW Group

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10:20 - 11:00

B5: Climate lobbying: Trade associations, transparency and reporting

Paul Verney, Delaney Greig, Tom Lorber, Vaishnavi Ravishankar
  • Are companies becoming more receptive to investor engagement on lobbying?
  • Has lobbying really risen up the agenda of investors or just a “noisy few”?
  • The role of trade associations
  • Investor-company case study post trade review

Moderator: Paul Verney, Features Writer, Responsible Investor

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Paul Verney

Features Writer, Responsible Investor

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Delaney Greig

Director, Investor Stewardship, University Pension Plan Ontario

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Tom Lorber

Director, Climate, Children's Investment Fund Foundation

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Vaishnavi Ravishankar

Head of Stewarship, Brunel Pension Partnership

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Stream C
09:00 - 09:40

C3: Deep dive: TNFD reporting

Romie Goedicke den Hertog, Dr Stephanie Hime, Steven Bullock
  • Tools and methodologies
  • Corporate case study
  • Investor perspective

Moderator: Romie Goedicke den Hertog, Co-Head Nature, UNEP FI

 

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Romie Goedicke den Hertog

Co-head Nature, UNEP FI

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Dr Stephanie Hime

Managing Director, Little Blue Research

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Steven Bullock

Managing Director, Global Head of Research and Methodology, S&P Global Sustainable1

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09:40 - 10:20

C4: What’s in a name: Navigating the regulatory focus on fund names

James Alexander, Elizabeth Lance, Lorenzo Saa, Sara Woodroffe
  • How should the European Commission balance ambition and interoperability in its SFDR reforms?
  • How are managers preparing for the UK labels to come into force?
  • Is there a still a role for voluntary labels or have they had their day?
  • Do new naming rules eliminate the possibility of greenwashing or are there still gaps?

Moderator: James Alexander, Chief Executive, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance

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James Alexander

Chief Executive, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association

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Elizabeth Lance

Assistant Chief Counsel, ICI Global

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Lorenzo Saa

Chief Sustainability Officer, Clarity AI

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Sara Woodroffe

Manager, Financial Conduct Authority

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10:20 - 11:00

C5: ESG data: Meeting the evolving needs of responsible investors

Khalid Azizuddin, Nicoletta Centofanti, Theodor Christensen, Mandy Chung, Frédéric Ducoulombier
  • What will CSRD and other corporate disclosures mean for ESG data users and providers?
  • What type of data is lacking – what are some emerging data points that investors want?
  • How much is too much? Estimations and models

Moderator: Khalid Azizuddin, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Khalid Azizuddin

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Nicoletta Centofanti

CEO, Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Initiative (LSFI)

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Theodor Christensen

CEO, Envira

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Mandy Chung

Vice President, ESG Product Manager, FactSet

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Frédéric Ducoulombier

Director, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute

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11:00 - 11:30

Networking break

Plenary
11:30 - 11:50

Keynote: Bridging the gap: Science and nature finance

Gina Gambetta, Dr Doug Gurr

Douglas Gurr, director of the Natural History Museum, discusses the outlook for biodiversity policymaking, the implications for investors, and how scientists and public institutions can help drive finance to address nature loss

Moderator: Gina Gambetta, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Dr Doug Gurr

Director, Natural History Museum

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11:50 - 12:30

Plenary 5: Deforestation, water, pollution: Where should investors start with biodiversity?

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Anita de Horde, Robin Millington
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in addressing different drivers of nature loss?
  • Where are corporates currently focusing their nature strategies?
  • What role should data availability play in determining investors’ biodiversity strategy?
  • Which tools are most effective for investors in addressing biodiversity loss?

Moderator: Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Editor, Responsible Investor

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Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

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Anita de Horde

Co-founder and Executive Director , Finance for Biodiversity

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Robin Millington

CEO, Planet Tracker

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12:30 - 13:10

Lunch

Plenary
13:10 - 13:35

Fireside chat: Evolution of ESG

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Paul Clements-Hunt, Colin Melvin

Moderator: Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Editor, Responsible Investor

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Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

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Paul Clements-Hunt

Founder / CEO, The Blended Capital Group UK

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Colin Melvin

Founder and Managing Director, Arkadiko Partners

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13:35 - 14:15

Plenary 6: From activism to compliance: The changing face of sustainability in institutional investment

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Leanne Clements, Stephanie Pfeifer, David Russell
  • How have the roles and remits of sustainability and responsible investment professionals at institutional investors evolved over the past 10 years?
  • What have these changes meant for the relationship between asset owners and asset managers?
  • Has the increasing reporting burden diverted resources away from stewardship and engagement?
  • How can sustainability professionals most effectively drive change in their organisations and the wider industry going forward?

Moderator: Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker, Editor, Responsible Investor

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Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

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Leanne Clements

Head of Responsible Investment, People’s Partnership

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Stephanie Pfeifer

CEO, IIGCC

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David Russell

Chair, Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI)

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14:15 - 14:25

Networking break

Plenary
14:25 - 15:10

Plenary 7: Return on engagement: Measuring the impact of stewardship

Deborah Gilshan, Bruce Duguid, Hilkka Komulainen, Patrick Peura, Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson
  • How can investors best track and report on stewardship impacts?
  • Active ownership vs passive ownership
  • How can impact and influence be assigned in collaborative engagements?
  • What do asset owners want to see from managers on stewardship impact?

Moderator: Deborah Gilshan, Head of ESG and Stewardship, Europe, AustralianSuper

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Deborah Gilshan

Head of ESG and Stewardship, Europe, AustralianSuper

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Bruce Duguid

Head of Stewardship, Federated Hermes

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Hilkka Komulainen

Head of Responsible Investment, Aegon UK

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Patrick Peura

ESG Engagement Manager, Allianz Investment Management, Co-lead of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance Engagement Track, Allianz Investment Management

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Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson

Global Head of Environmental, Social & Governance, PGIM

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15:10 - 16:00

Plenary 8: Making the case for 1.5C: Investor strategies

Jakob Thomä, Caroline Cook, Michiel De Smet, Robert Edwards, Adam Gillett, Laura Hillis

Few investors that have set 1.5C targets for their investments have rolled back on these goals despite it looking unlikely that this target will be met. But what is actually feasible for asset managers and asset owners if the real economy doesn’t decarbonise fast enough? This panel will see a number of investors make the case for how they view 1.5C, what they’re doing to ensure Paris-alignment and the challenges they face.

Moderator: Jakob Thoma, Co-Founder & Research Director, Theia Finance Labs

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Jakob Thomä

Co-Founder & Research Director, Theia Finance Labs

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Caroline Cook

Head of Climate Change, Ballie Gifford

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Michiel De Smet

Sustainable Investment Expert, National Bank of Belgium

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Robert Edwards

Director of Product Management, Morningstar Indexes

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Adam Gillett

Senior Investment Director, Railpen

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Laura Hillis

Director of Climate and Environment, Church of England Pensions Board

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16:00 - 16:00

Closing remarks and end of conference

Network at Europe's leading responsible investment event

Responsible Investor’s 17th annual RI Europe conference is back next June in London. Join over 600 leading investors and fund managers for two days of networking at the must-attend event for sustainable finance. Building relationships at RI Europe isn’t just about exchanging business cards; it’s about finding common ground and shared goals. Collaborations forged here can be the cornerstone of future projects and initiatives.

View past attendees

The in-person networking experience

Meet industry thought leaders

Connect with the ESG community at the forefront of shaping sustainable finance in Europe. Engage with investment professionals, regulators, academics, NGOs, and lawyers who are driving meaningful change in the industry.

15+ hours of networking

Connect in-person with the ESG community at our interactive workshops, panels, private breakfasts, debates, and evening drinks reception. Every moment at RI Europe is a chance to forge valuable connections.

Build valuable connections with European asset owners 

Engage with leading asset owners and gain insights into their ESG allocation strategies and preferences for their next investment partner. Past attendees include Aegon, Church of England Pensions Board, Folksam, Legal & General, Scottish Widows, Unilever APF, and many more.

Connect with active investors

Aegon
AkademikerPension
Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
British International Investment
Brunel Pension Partnership
Cambridge Associates
Children's Investment Fund Foundation
Church of England Pensions Board
Friends Provident Foundation
Irish Life
Local Pensions Partnership
MP Investments
NEST Corporation
Nestlé UK Pensions
Nordea Life & Pension
Scottish Widows
Wellcome Trust
The Health Foundation
London Pensions Fund Authority
BBC Pension Trust
Folketrygdfondet
British Airways Pension Investment Management
Folksam
ING
VBV Pensionskasse
LGIM
Cambridge University Endowment
Migros Pension Fund
Caisse des depots et Consignations
Baloise
Strathclyde Pension Fund
GPIF
San Francisco Employees' Retirement System
OMERS
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
State of New Jersey
New York City Comptroller
Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
HOOPP

Be recognised as driving the future of sustainable finance

Responsible Investor Europe provides an opportunity to make connections with an exclusive audience of ESG and sustainable finance decision makers. Share your solutions, collaborate and network with senior-level executives through bespoke sponsorship packages to meet your 2024 business goals.

Enquire about sponsorship

 If you would like to join the industry-leading line-up in June, please contact Joana Frade.

joana.f@pei.group | +44 20 3640 7518

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Speaker line-up includes:

James Alexander

Chief Executive, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association

Dr. Jimena Alvarez

Lead Greening Finance for Nature, Resilience & Development Group, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Vipul Arora

Partner, ESG & Climate Solutions, Sattva Consulting

Kiran Aziz

Head of Responsible Investments, KLP

Khalid Azizuddin

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

Colin Baines

Stewardship Manager, Border to Coast Pensions Partnership

Jean Boissinot

Deputy Director Financial Stability Head of NGFS Secretariat, Banque de France

Steven Bullock

Managing Director, Global Head of Research and Methodology, S&P Global Sustainable1

Phil Bloomer

Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Ben Caldecott

Co-Head, Secretariat, Transition Plan Taskforce and Member, UK Climate Change Committee

Elisa Cencig

Head of Policy Engagement, Norges Bank Investment Management

Nicoletta Centofanti

CEO, Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Initiative (LSFI)

Theodor Christensen

CEO, Envira

Mandy Chung

Vice President, ESG Product Manager, FactSet

Leanne Clements

Head of Responsible Investment, People’s Partnership

Paul Clements-Hunt

Founder / CEO, The Blended Capital Group UK

Caroline Cook

Head of Climate Change, Ballie Gifford

Craig Davies

CEO, Cadlas

Cathrine De Coninck Lopez

Global Head of Responsible Investment, HSBC Asset Management

Anita de Horde

Co-founder and Executive Director , Finance for Biodiversity

Michiel De Smet

Sustainable Investment Expert, National Bank of Belgium

Alasdair Docherty

Sustainable Finance and Data Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

Claire Dorrian

Head of Sustainable Finance, Capital Markets and Post Trade, LSEG

Frédéric Ducoulombier

Director, EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute

Bruce Duguid

Head of Stewardship, Federated Hermes

Robert Edwards

Director of Product Management, Morningstar Indexes

Claire Elsdon

Director of Capital Markets, CDP

Honor Fell

Associate Director and Sustainable Investment Lead, University of Cambridge Investment Management (“UCIM”)

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

Mette Emsholm Gahr

Climate Investment Analyst, Zurich Insurance Group

Gina Gambetta

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

Adam Gillett

Senior Investment Director, Railpen

Deborah Gilshan

Head of ESG and Stewardship, Europe, AustralianSuper

Romie Goedicke den Hertog

Co-head Nature, UNEP FI

Tony Goldner

Executive Director, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)

Jane Goodland

Group Head of Sustainability, LSEG

Delaney Greig

Director, Investor Stewardship, University Pension Plan Ontario

Dr Doug Gurr

Director, Natural History Museum

Olga Hancock

Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England

Shavana Haythornwaite

Head of Human Rights and Conflict Zones, Morningstar Sustainalytics

Laura Hillis

Director of Climate and Environment, Church of England Pensions Board

Dr Stephanie Hime

Managing Director, Little Blue Research

Ingrid Holmes

Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

Elza Holmstedt Pell

Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive, ShareAction

Josephine Jackson

Vice Chair, IAASB

Till Jung

Head of ISS ESG, ISS ESG

Piet Klop

Head of Responsible Investment, PGGM

Hilkka Komulainen

Head of Responsible Investment, Aegon UK

Sindhu Krishna

Head of Sustainable Investments, The Phoenix Group

Elizabeth Lance

Assistant Chief Counsel, ICI Global

Paul Lee

Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investment Strategy, Redington

Tom Lorber

Director, Climate, Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Signe Andreasen Lysgaard

Chief Adviser, Business and Human Rights, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Fiona McNally

Reporter, Responsible Investor

Colin Melvin

Founder and Managing Director, Arkadiko Partners

Robin Millington

CEO, Planet Tracker

Peter Munro

Head of Division, Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance, European Investment Bank

Girish Narula

Head of Sustainable Finance, EMEA and APAC, ICE

Carmen Nuzzo

Professor in Practice, Executive Director, Transition Pathway Initiative Centre LSE

Aleksandra Palinska

Executive Director, Eurosif

Patrick Parent

Chair of the CEAOB / Director for prospective and international affairs at H2A, H2A (Haute Autorité de l’Audit)

Alexandra Pavlovskis

ESG Product Strategy Lead, Financial Information, SIX

Patrick Peura

ESG Engagement Manager, Allianz Investment Management, Co-lead of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance Engagement Track, Allianz Investment Management

Stephanie Pfeifer

CEO, IIGCC

Anand Rajagopal

Shareholder Assets & Private Markets Sustainability Lead, Phoenix Group

Vaishnavi Ravishankar

Head of Stewarship, Brunel Pension Partnership

Clare Richards

Director, Social – Responsible Investment, Church of England Pensions Board

Isabella Ritter

Senior EU Policy Officer, ShareAction

Verena Ross

Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

David Russell

Chair, Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI)

Lorenzo Saa

Chief Sustainability Officer, Clarity AI

Nicolaj Sebrell

Director of Investor Relationships - EMEA, IFRS Foundation

Rafel Servent

Engagement Manager, MUFG Asset Management

Jen Sisson

CEO, ICGN

Rory Sullivan

CEO, Chronos Sustainability

Marcus Svedberg

Chief Economist, Folksam

Michael Taschner

Head of Sustainability Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Peter Taylor

Head of Engagement, IIGCC

Jakob Thomä

Co-Founder & Research Director, Theia Finance Labs

Sandy Trust

Chair, IFOA’s Sustainability Board

Agnieszka Trzcinska

Team Lead – Financial Stability, European Central Bank

Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson

Global Head of Environmental, Social & Governance, PGIM

Simone Utermarck

Senior Director, Sustainable Finance, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

James Vaccaro

Chief Catalyst, Climate Safe Lending Network

Magali Van Coppenolle

Global Head of Policy, Climate Bonds Initiative

Micha van den Boogerd

Director Responsible Investment Services, TAUW Group

Sylvain Vanston

Director of Climate Investment Research, MSCI

Paul Verney

Features Writer, Responsible Investor

Faith Ward

Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership

Dominic Webb

Reporter, Responsible Investor   

Jamie Williamson

Executive Director, ICoCA

Amy Wilson

Head of Stewardship Team, Norges Bank Investment Management

Sara Woodroffe

Manager, Financial Conduct Authority

Linda Zeilina-Cross

CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre (ISFC)

Be recognised as driving the future of sustainable finance to institutional investors in Europe

Sponsoring at Responsible Investor global events positions your company at the forefront of key decision-makers and ensures your profile gains a competitive advantage within the industry. Enquire about bespoke sponsorship packages to:

  • Align your brand with Responsible investor’s authoritative content-led event portfolio and be seen as a go-to solution provider for senior ESG and sustainable finance professionals.
  • Stand tall amongst your competitors by positioning your company at Responsible Investor Europe and embed your brand as a major player to senior institutional investors.
  • Raise your profile as a thought leader within the industry to overcome the key challenges within responsible Investing.
  • Showcase your institutional investor solutions, in-person to new global audiences and generate new business opportunities to achieve your targets.

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2024 sponsors include:

Connect with responsible investment investors

Alecta
AP2
Asset Management One
Baloise
Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK)
BBC Pension Trust
Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
British Airways Pension Investment Management
Brunel Pension Partnership
Caisse des depots et Consignations
Cambridge Associates
Cambridge University Endowment
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan
Children's Investment Fund Foundation
Church Commissioners
Church of England Pensions Board
Folketrygdfondet
Folksam
Friends Provident Foundation
GPIF
Hermes
HOOPP
ING
Irish Life
LGIM
Local Pensions Partnership
London Pensions Fund Authority
Migros Pension Fund
MP Investments
NEST Corporation
Nestlé UK Pensions
New York City Comptroller
Nordea Life & Pension
OMERS
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Robeco
Ruffer
San Francisco Employees' Retirement System
Scottish Widows
State of New Jersey
Strathclyde Pension Fund
The Health Foundation
USS
VBV Pensionskasse
Wellcome Trust

Hiroshi Komori

Senior Director, Stewardship & ESG, GPIF

RI events around the world have been beneficial to catch up on ongoing ESG issues and network with great people.

Andrea Palmer

ESG Lead, PGGM

I appreciate the quality of the delegates and the conversations. It’s the go-to venue to gauge developments in ESG integration.

Asset owners at RI Europe

Responsible Investor Europe provides an unrivalled platform for asset owners investing in ESG and sustainable finance. Join over 100 asset owners from across Europe to discuss the latest responsible investing trends and compare best practices and allocation strategies for 2024 and beyond.

A limited number of complimentary passes are available exclusively for asset owners. Explore the conference benefits and find out which of your peers will be attending. Apply now for a complimentary pass for yourself or your team.

 

What to expect

Network with your peers

Enrich your network, build lasting relationships, and exchange valuable perspectives with your fellow asset owners during asset owner-only breakfasts, networking breaks, lunches and much more.

Gain expert insights

Hear from our industry-leading speaker line-up, discover the latest trends and stay aligned with future innovations in the market.

Stay aligned to developments and opportunities

Discover remarkable investment opportunities and leverage ESG expertise focused on regulation, human rights, biodiversity, net zero and more.

Meet with the best and brightest funds

Connect and arrange one-to-one meetings with the biggest and best ESG managers in the market and find your next investment partner.

Asset owners at RI Europe 2024

‘This event stands as the largest gathering designed specifically for asset owners and top-level corporates, providing two days of networking and insightful discussions.

Explore the conference benefits and find out which of your peers will be attending. 

Download asset owner prospectus

Asset Owner's that attended in 2023:

Alecta
AP2
Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK)
Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
Brunel Pension Partnership
Cambridge Associates
Children's Investment Fund Foundation
Church of England Pensions Board
Friends Provident Foundation
Irish Life
Local Pensions Partnership
MP Investments
NEST Corporation
Nestlé UK Pensions
Nordea Life & Pension
Scottish Widows
Wellcome Trust
The Health Foundation
London Pensions Fund Authority
BBC Pension Trust
Folketrygdfondet
British Airways Pension Investment Management
Folksam
ING
VBV Pensionskasse
LGIM
Cambridge University Endowment
Migros Pension Fund
Caisse des depots et Consignations
Baloise
Strathclyde Pension Fund
GPIF
San Francisco Employees' Retirement System
OMERS
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
State of New Jersey
New York City Comptroller
Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
HOOPP

Apply for a complimentary asset owner pass

A limited number of complimentary passes are available for eligible asset owners to join the event.

To qualify for a complimentary pass, you must meet the eligibility criteria in representing a pension fund, insurance company, sovereign wealth fund, foundation, endowment, trust, family office or corporate investment division.

Apply for a pass and a member of our team will follow up with you to secure your pass.

Apply for a complimentary pass


Meet our leading advisory board in 2024

Kiran Aziz

Head of Responsible Investments, KLP

Lucy Fitzgeorge-Parker

Editor, Responsible Investor

Deborah Gilshan

Head of ESG and Stewardship, Europe, AustralianSuper

Laura Hillis

Director of Climate and Environment, Church of England Pensions Board

Ingrid Holmes

Executive Director, Green Finance Institute

Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive, ShareAction

Hilkka Komulainen

Head of Responsible Investment, Aegon UK

Aleksandra Palinska

Executive Director, Eurosif

Rory Sullivan

CEO, Chronos Sustainability

Jakob Thomä

Co-Founder & Research Director at Theia Finance Labs