Japan’s responses to rapid global sustainable finance evolution

How can Japanese institutional investors and financial institutions secure a place in the rapidly evolving sustainable finance world?

Join opinion leaders from Japan and abroad to discover how urgent theoretical and practical issues can marry with the vision for a new era of capitalism in a sustainability-conscious world.

Make new connections with 500+ senior Japanese finance professionals to debate regulatory developments, market trends and best practices in responsible investment, and be a part of advancing sustainable finance in Japan.

Companies are eligible for a complimentary pass for three people to attend the event.

2024 key themes:

  • Debating the future role of transition finance
  • Biodiversity and incorporation of the TNFD
  • Spotlight on Social Disclosure in Japan
  • ESG and investing in Emerging Markets
  • Effective engagement and stewardship
  • Successfully implementing AI into ESG – elevating sustainability with technology
  • The future of sustainable food systems
  • How are Japanese corporates dealing with the biodiversity disclosure challenge?
  • Accelerating Japan’s path to decarbonization

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What can you expect at the forum?

Connect with the Japanese ESG and sustainable finance industry

Past attendees have included Dai-ichi Life Insurance, GPIF, Japan Post Insurance, Pension Fund Association, Sophia School Corporation, Transport Agency Pension Fund, and many more.

Get answers to the biggest ESG questions from industry experts

Carefully curated panel sessions will showcase the depth and the dynamics of sustainable finance discussion from global standardisations of ESG to organisational challenges to take up portfolio decarbonisation.

Japan-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 Japanese business in a sustainability-conscious world.

Connect with 500+ Japanese sustainable finance professionals

Aberdeen Standard Investments
AIG General Insurance Company
AllianceBernstein
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
Asset Management One
Bank of Japan
BlackRock
BNP Paribas
BofA Securities Japan
ClearBridge Investments
Climate Disclosure Standards Board
Daido Life Insurance
Dai-ichi Life Insuarance
Daiwa Securities
Deutsche Bundesbank
Development Bank of Japan
Duskin Pension Fund
Eaton Vance Asia Pacific
European Investment Bank
Federated Hermes
Financial Services Agency
First Sentier Investors
FTSE Russell
General Insurance Association of Japan
Glass Lewis
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Government Pension Investment Fund
GRI
HSBC
Idemitsu Pension Fund
IFM Investors
IFRS Foundation
Institutional Shareholder Services
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Japan Bankers Association
Japan Exchange Group
Japan International Cooperation Agency
Japan Investment Advisory Association
Japan Post Bank
Japan Postal Insurance
Japan Sustainable Investment Forum
Japan Telecommunications Welfare Association
Japanese Red Cross Society Pension Fund
Japanese Trade Union Confederation
JPMorgan Asset Management
Keidanren Japan Business Federation
KKR (Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations)
Legal and General Investment Management
London Stock Exchange Group
M&G
Manulife Investment Management
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
Mercer Japan
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Ministry of the Environment
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Mizuho Bank
Moody's
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings
MSCI
National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives
National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
Neuberger Berman
Nikko Asset Management
Nippon Life Insurance Company
Nissay Asset Management
NN Investment Partners
Nomura Holdings
Norinchukin Bank
Organization for Workers' Retirement Allowance Mutual Aid
Pension Fund Association
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
PGGM Investments
PRI
Resona Bank
Robeco
Rokinren Bank
S&P Global
Schroder Investment Management
Secom Pension Fund
Sekisui House Pension Fund
SMBC Trust Bank
Sumitomo Life Insurance
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Tokio Marine Holdings
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Transport Agency Pension Fund
UBS Security
Vigeo Eiris
Wellington Management
World Bank Group
Yamato Group Pension Fund

Meet our leading advisory board

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Responsible Investor Japan 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.

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Meet our leading advisory board

Arisa Kishigami

Independent Consultant and Thought Leader, En-CycleS

Michiyo Morisawa

Senior Lead, PRI

Hideki Takada

Director for Strategy Development, Financial Services Agency

Minako Yoneyama

Senior Responsible Investment Manager, Responsible Investment Ecosystems, PRI

Satoshi Ikeda

Chief Sustainable Finance Officer and Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan

Mari Kogiso, SDG Impact Japan

Mari Kogiso

Co CEO, SDG Impact Japan

The next RI Japan conference will take place on 22-23 May 2024, all timings are in Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).

For more information on the agenda, please contact Andrew Wolff.

andrew.w@pei.group / +81 (0) 3 6205 3224

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Agenda

RI Japan 2024 - Wednesday 22nd

Day 1 (All times in JST)
08:15 - 09:00

Registration

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome remarks from Responsible Investor and Sponsors

09:15 - 10:05

Plenary 1: The future role of transition finance in sustainable investing

Helena Fung, Leong Wai Leng, Margarita Pirovska, Hideki Takada
  • How do we define what transition finance actually is? What do investors and financial institutions need from industry and policy makers to move forward on transition finance?
  • The impact of the sovereign transition bond launch – will this strengthen the international credibility of transition finance?
  • How do foreign investor’s view Japan’s push for transition finance and establishment of the Asia GX consortium?
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Helena Fung

Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Asia Pacific, London Stock Exchange Group

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Leong Wai Leng

Managing Director and Regional Head of Asia Pacific, CDPQ Global, CDPQ Singapore

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Margarita Pirovska

Director of Policy

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Hideki Takada

Director for Strategy Development

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10:05 - 10:20

Keynote

Yutaka Matsuzawa
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Yutaka Matsuzawa

Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs

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10:20 - 11:00

Networking break

11:00 - 11:50

Plenary 2: Turning Nature positive: embracing Biodiversity and incorporation of the TNFD

Naomi Davies, Makoto Haraguchi, Hirotaka Hideshima
  • What are the challenges in implementing the TNFD framework? – What are the learnings from TCFD?
  • How has the TNFD engaged with corporates to build a framework that’s decision-useful?
  • Why does nature matter in the fight against climate change?
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Naomi Davies

Counsellor (Economic and Finance)

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Makoto Haraguchi

TNFD dedicated SVP of Corporate Sustainability Dept., MS and AD Insurance Group Holdings

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Hirotaka Hideshima

Counsellor on Global Strategy, TNFD Taskforce member, Norinchukin Bank

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11:50 - 12:40

Plenary 3: Countering the anti ESG backlash, does Japan have a meaningful role to play?

Khalid Azizuddin, Sasja Beslik, Satoshi Ikeda, Colin Melvin
  • What is the real-world impact of the ESG backlash? Has the ESG backlash also catalyzed positive change, or is this wishful thinking?
  • The role of Japan in the ESG debate, does it have a better model for doing things?
  • Will ESG funds in Japan and abroad need to radically evolve going forward to overcome a skeptical market and how should they do this?
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Khalid Azizuddin

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

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Sasja Beslik

Chief Investment Strategy Officer, SDG Impact Japan Inc.

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Satoshi Ikeda

Chief Sustainable Finance Officer and Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan

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Colin Melvin

Founder and Managing Director, Arkadiko Partners

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12:40 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 14:15

Stream A-1: Spotlight on the GX bond and transition bonds as labelled instruments

Ulf Erlandsson, Maiko Morishita
  • How has the Japan Climate Transition Bond been received and appraised by investors so far? Is there sufficient transparency?
  • Understanding the role of transition bonds in the broader context
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Ulf Erlandsson

CEO & Founder, Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII)

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Maiko Morishita

Japan Programme Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative

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13:30 - 14:15

Stream B-1: Business and Human Rights

Arisa Kishigami, Michiyo Morisawa, Ryusuke Tanaka
  • Managing human rights issues in the value chain
  • Best practices for implementing human rights due diligence
  • Developing decarbonization and just transition pathways for banks and insurance companies
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Arisa Kishigami

Independent Consultant and Thought Leader

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Michiyo Morisawa

Senior Lead, PRI

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Ryusuke Tanaka

Programme Officer

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13:30 - 14:15

Stream C-1: Reaching for a global baseline: Implementation of the ISSB and sustainability disclosures

Daiki Fujino, Hiroshi Komori, Koichiro Kuramochi, Anjali Viswamohanan, Chikako Matsumoto
  • Do the ISSB regulations identify the key issues in meaningful way?
  • How do investors view the ISSB standards?
  • How should ISSB standards be incorporated into Japan and globally?
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Daiki Fujino

Researcher of Legal and Research Unit and Sustainable Finance Research Unit., Financial & Capital Market Research Dpt.

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Hiroshi Komori

Member of International Sustainability Standards Board, IFRS Foundation

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Koichiro Kuramochi

Chief Accountant

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Anjali Viswamohanan

Director, Policy, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change

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Chikako Matsumoto

Managing Executive Officer, CSuO, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings

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14:20 - 15:05

Stream A-2: Addressing the challenges of financed emissions

Tomohiro (Tomo) Ishikawa, Chie Mitsui, Masaaki Nagamura, Paul-Antoine Thiebot
  • How do we identify and define financed emissions?
  • What are the effective approaches for addressing the challenges of financed emissions?
  • Best practice on financed emissions calculation and disclosure
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Tomohiro (Tomo) Ishikawa

Chief Regulatory Engagement Officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

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Chie Mitsui

Senior Researcher, Data Analyst

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Masaaki Nagamura

Fellow International Initiatives

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Paul-Antoine Thiebot

Head of Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance, Asia Pacific, Societe Generale

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14:20 - 15:05

Stream B-2: Social Disclosure in Japan

Asako Nagai, Kiran Aziz, Atsuhito Mori, Ana Colazo
  • What can we do with social data and why is this important? Why does this have financial materiality?
  • Japan is still lagging on the ‘S’ and disclosure – Why is it ignored?
  • How can it catch up with other OECD nations?
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Asako Nagai

Managing Director, BSR

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Kiran Aziz

Head of Responsible Investments, KLP

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Atsuhito Mori

Head of Sustainable Investment, Japan, FTSE Russell

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Ana Colazo

Investor Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance

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14:20 - 15:05

Stream C-2: Creating better governance in Japan

Nicholas Benes, Amane Fujimoto, Sakon Kuramoto , Masatoshi Matsuzaki
  • What’s it going to take to improve governance in Japan and improve both sustainability and corporate value?
  • How does good governance interrelate with environmental and social issues?
  • Increasing valuations through governance, are recent initiatives to improve P/B  ratios having an impact?
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Nicholas Benes

Representative Director

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Amane Fujimoto

Japan Advisor, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)

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Sakon Kuramoto

Representative Attorney, Kuramoto International Law Office

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Masatoshi Matsuzaki

Board Chair

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15:05 - 15:35

Networking break

15:35 - 16:25

Stream A-3: The future of sustainable food and agriculture

Sofía Condés , Mariko Kawaguchi, Chisa Ogura, Maho Uehara Cavalier
  • How can we further reduce emissions in food supply chains?
  • How do we get to a more sustainable meat supply and better use of proteins?
  • What are the challenges for Japanese companies to make agricultural and food disclosures and how do we close the gap compared to other OECD markets?
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Sofía Condés

Director of Investor Outreach, FAIRR

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Mariko Kawaguchi

ESG Advisor, Fuji Oil Holdings

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Chisa Ogura, Meros Consulting

Chisa Ogura

Managing Director

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Maho Uehara Cavalier

Director, Animal Welfare Corporate Partners Japan (AWCP)

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15:35 - 16:25

Stream B-3: The continuing Diversity dilemma – how to accelerate change in Japan?

Basak Beleli, Tatjana Gerling, Tracy Gopal, Yushi Nagano, Makiko Nakamori
  • The business case for diversity, why better diversity equals better performance.
  • How can we accelerate female board membership in Japan and get to 30% by 2030?
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Basak Beleli

Chief Employee Experience Officer, NN Life Insurance Company

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Tatjana Gerling

Ambassador for Japan, 2XGlobal

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Tracy Gopal

CEO, Third Arrow Strategies

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Yushi Nagano

Head of JICA DXLab, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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Makiko Nakamori

Director, Chairperson of the Women’s Advancement Committee, ITOCHU Corporation

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15:35 - 16:25

Stream C-3: Spotlight on the future of sustainable retail investing in Japan

Mari Kamei, Arisa Kishigami, Nagano Yoshinori, Yasuyuki Sugiura, Mariko Suzuki
  • With the rise of NISA how can Japan now create a dynamic sustainable investing ecosystem for retail investors?What is the merit in having an aligned long-term view between investor and AM and how appreciated by investor?
  • What potential new sustainable investing products should be introduced and are best suited for the Japanese market?
  • How do we better educate retail investors in Japan regarding sustainable investing?
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Mari Kamei

Deputy Director, Sustainable Finance Office, Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan

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Arisa Kishigami

Independent Consultant and Thought Leader

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Nagano Yoshinori

Managing Director, Head of Center for Dissemination of Investment and Asset Management, Daiwa Asset Management

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Yasuyuki Sugiura

Managing Director of the Institution of the Social System Research, Nikko Research Center

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Mariko Suzuki

Founder, CEO, Creative Director, KINYU-JOSHI

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16:30 - 17:20

Plenary 4: The rise of impact investing

Yuriko Gibo, Masato Nakamura, Oyin Oduya, Yuka Ogasawara
  • What does Impact mean in equity investing?
  • Impact as a performance indicator
  • How will the regulatory landscape evolve in Japan?
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Yuriko Gibo

Principal

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Masato Nakamura

Founding Partner

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Oyin Oduya

Managing Director, Impact Measurement & Management Practice Leader, Wellington Management

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Yuka Ogasawara

Impact Officer / Deputy Secretary General

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17:20 - 18:20

Cocktail Reception & End of Day 1

Agenda

RI Japan 2024 - Thursday 23rd

Day 2 (All times in JST)
08:00 - 08:30

Registration

08:30 - 09:45

Deep dive workshop: A guide to CSRD reporting standards

09:45 - 10:30

Stream A-4: Overcoming the Biodiversity Data challenge

Max Boucher, Snorre Gjerde, Nozomi Mizuno Witherspoon
  • What kinds of data should investors be collecting and disclosing?
  • The challenges of collecting location specific data. How can technological innovation help?
  • Capturing supply chain data. Closing the gap, how will the quality of biodiversity related data evolve going forward?
  • How are Japanese corporates dealing with the biodiversity disclosure challenge?
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Max Boucher

Senior Manager, Research & Engagements, Biodiversity, FAIRR

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Snorre Gjerde

Lead Investment Stewardship Manager, Norges Bank Investment Management

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Nozomi Mizuno Witherspoon

Senior Specialist - Sustainability & Social Impact

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09:45 - 10:30

Stream B-4: Navigating the future: Emerging Leaders in Impact Investing

Aiko Kozaki, Masaki Kawai, Tetsushi Hisata, Taka Nakamura
  • How do we nurture the next generation of ESG and impact talent?
  • How are the next generation thinking about innovation and impact?
  • What is needed to better raise and educate people in the impact field in Japan?
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Aiko Kozaki

Director of Investment Department, Japan Network for Public Interest Activities (JANPIA)

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Masaki Kawai

CEO / CEO

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Tetsushi Hisata

Representative Director

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Taka Nakamura

CEO / Founder

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09:45 - 10:30

Stream C-4: Enabling effective engagement in Japan

Koh Matsuki, Brynn O'Brien, Will Oulton, Will van de Pol
  • Understanding the different types of engagement, how has it evolved in the last few years?
  • What can undermine success in engagement and how do you measure success in the first place? How do we create effective beneficiary engagement in Japan?
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Koh Matsuki

Chief Executive Officer, Proxy Watcher Inc.

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Brynn O'Brien

Executive Director

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Will Oulton

Advisor, MUFG Asset Management Sustainable Investment

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Will van de Pol

CEO, Market Forces

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10:30 - 10:45

15 minutes break

10:45 - 11:30

Stream A-5: Market integrity and green washing in sustainable finance

Shinsuke Kobayashi, Asahi Yamashita, Kim Schumacher
  • What should we mean by greenwashing in sustainable finance? Are current definitions too broad to be helpful?
  • What factors contribute to greenwashing risks in the sustainable fund industry?
  • Where can we identify the areas of actual concern where proactive action can be taken?
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Shinsuke Kobayashi

Partner

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Asahi Yamashita

Head of Japan, ClientEarth

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Kim Schumacher

Associate Professor in Sustainable Finance and ESG, Kyushu University

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10:45 - 11:30

Stream B-5: Focusing on ESG outcomes

Sachiko Ichikawa, Kana Kawasaki, Takuro Kimura, Hanae Maeda
  • What are we creating with ESG investments?
  • What are the real outcomes?
  • How do we create value?
  • Management milestones, creating sustainability outcomes for investee companies
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Sachiko Ichikawa

Partner Lawyer

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Kana Kawasaki

Head of Business Development Morningstar Indexes, Japan and South Korea, Morningstar Japan

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Takuro Kimura

Chief Executive Officer

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Hanae Maeda

Managing Director

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10:45 - 11:30

Stream C-5: Successfully implementing AI into ESG – elevating sustainability with technology

Yuriko Nakao, Naho Nakakubo , Philip Sugai
  • What are the benefits and concerns of AI tools driving social and climate impact?
  • How can AI improve data quality and standardization?
  • What are successful recent examples of adoption of AI that have driven change in ESG policy?
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Yuriko Nakao

Associate Professor

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Naho Nakakubo

Chief ESG Innovation Officer

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Philip Sugai

Professor of Marketing (Graduate School of Business), Director (Value Research Center), Doshisha University

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11:30 - 11:45

15 minutes break

11:45 - 12:30

Stream A-6: Evolution of voluntary carbon credits

Yuriy Humber, Ken Tammoto
  • Investability and bankability of carbon price.
  • How do we use prices to shift behaviour?
  • Will Japan have a scheme linked to the international market?
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Yuriy Humber

President, Yuri Group

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Ken Tammoto

Principal Strategist, Carbon Solutions Development Unit, MOL

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11:45 - 12:30

Stream B-6: Discussing the definition of ESG

Masaru Arai, Yuki Miyoda, Emi Onozuka
  • What are the main inconsistencies in ESG concepts amongst current definitions?
  • How should we best think about and harmonize definitions of common themes within ESG such as stewardship and impact investing?
  • Implementing greater clarity and consistency in ESG definitions for better communication amongst investors
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Masaru Arai

Chair

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Yuki Miyoda

Project Researcher

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Emi Onozuka

CEO, Eminent Group

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11:45 - 12:30

Stream C-6: Elevating assurance in sustainability

Makoto Koyazaki, Goro Kumagai, Tomoko Tsuruno
  • What is the expected level of reliability of data for assurance?
  • How do we improve the internal control of sustainability information?
  • Is assuring SME data practically possible?
  • Should qualitative and forward-looking information be assured?
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Makoto Koyazaki

Audit & Supervisory Borad Member

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Goro Kumagai

Senior Fellow

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Tomoko Tsuruno

Technical Director

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12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 13:45

Keynote

Kenji Shiomura
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Kenji Shiomura

Managing Director, ESG & Stewardship Department, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

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13:45 - 14:00

Keynote

Sherry Madera
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Sherry Madera

Chief Executive Officer, CDP

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14:00 - 14:15

Keynote

Ryusuke Bushimata
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Ryusuke Bushimata

Director, Research Division & Legal Office, International Bureau

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14:15 - 15:05

Plenary 5: Accelerating Japan’s path to decarbonization

Kae Takase
  • Are Japan’s net zero targets realistic? How do international firms evaluate Japan’s efforts to decarbonize and technologies such as green ammonia? How can impact and influence be assigned in collaborative engagements?
  • What should Japan’s future energy policy look like? Will the role of coal phaseout technology increase?
  • Japan’s long term renewable energy plans – where is the role for offshore wind?
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Kae Takase

Senior Coordinator, Renewable Energy Institute

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15:05 - 15:45

Networking break

15:45 - 16:20

Plenary 6: Japan’s Asset Owner Challenge – getting more institutional capital into sustainable investing

Yasunari Iwatate, Takeshi Kimura, Yoko Monoe, Hiroyuki Nomura
  • How can we more effectively engage with Japan’s Institutional Investor community to invest more into sustainable finance?
  • The future of the asset management industry in Japan – what reforms are needed to spur on institutional investments in ESG?
  • Corporate pension funds in Japan – how can we better educate them on sustainable investing?
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Yasunari Iwatate

Director, Managing Executive Officer, Higo Bank

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Takeshi Kimura

Special Adviser to the Board

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Yoko Monoe

CMA, Senior Consultant (Sustainable Investment) WEALTH

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Hiroyuki Nomura

Operating Officer, Senior General Manager, Investment Planning Department, JAPAN POST INSURANCE

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16:30 - 17:20

Plenary 7: Visualization of the relationship between non-financial, financial, and cash flow

  • Background on the demand for visualizing non-financial information
  • The impact of non-financial data on finance and its visualization
  • Examples of non-financial data management initiatives by leading sustainable companies
17:10 - 17:15

Close of Conference

For more information on speaking in May 2024, please contact Andrew Wolff

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Speaker line-up in 2024

Masaru Arai

Chair, Japan Sustainable Investment Forum

Kiran Aziz

Head of Responsible Investments, KLP

Khalid Azizuddin

Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

Basak Beleli

Chief Employee Experience Officer, NN Life Insurance Company

Nicholas Benes

Representative Director, The Board Director Training Institute of Japan

Sasja Beslik

Chief Investment Strategy Officer, SDG Impact Japan Inc.

Max Boucher

Senior Manager, Research & Engagements, Biodiversity, FAIRR

Patrick Buergi

Co-Founder and Managing Director, South Pole Japan

Ryusuke Bushimata

Director, Research Division & Legal Office, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, JAPAN

Ana Colazo

Investor Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance

Sofía Condés

Director of Investor Outreach, FAIRR

Naomi Davies

Counsellor (Economic and Finance), British Embassy Tokyo

Ulf Erlandsson

CEO & Founder, Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII)

Amane Fujimoto

Japan Advisor, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)

Daiki Fujino

Researcher of Legal and Research Unit and Sustainable Finance Research Unit., Financial & Capital Market Research Dpt. , Daiwa Institute of Research

Helena Fung

Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Asia Pacific, London Stock Exchange Group

Tatjana Gerling

Ambassador for Japan, 2XGlobal

Yuriko Gibo

Principal, Keio Innovation Initiative

Snorre Gjerde

Lead Investment Stewardship Manager, Norges Bank Investment Management

Tracy Gopal

CEO, Third Arrow Strategies

Makoto Haraguchi

TNFD dedicated SVP of Corporate Sustainability Dept., MS and AD Insurance Group Holdings

Hirotaka Hideshima

Counsellor on Global Strategy, TNFD Taskforce member, Norinchukin Bank

Tetsushi Hisata

Representative Director, Soil Foundation 

Yuriy Humber

President, Yuri Group

Sachiko Ichikawa

Partner Lawyer, Tanabe and Partners

Satoshi Ikeda

Chief Sustainable Finance Officer and Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan

Tomohiro (Tomo) Ishikawa

Chief Regulatory Engagement Officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

Eri Kakuta

Manager, CDP Worldwide-Japan

Mari Kamei

Deputy Director, Sustainable Finance Office, Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan

Mariko Kawaguchi

ESG Advisor, Fuji Oil Holdings

Masaki Kawai

CEO / CEO, UNERI

Kana Kawasaki

Head of Business Development Morningstar Indexes, Japan and South Korea, Morningstar Japan

Takeshi Kimura

Special Adviser to the Board, Nippon Life Insurance

Takuro Kimura

Chief Executive Officer, G-Cubed Partners, Inc.

Arisa Kishigami

Independent Consultant and Thought Leader, En-CycleS

Shinsuke Kobayashi

Partner, Kanagawa International Law Office

Ryushiro Kodaira

Editorial Writer, Nikkei Inc

Hiroshi Komori

Member of International Sustainability Standards Board, IFRS Foundation

Makoto Koyazaki

Audit & Supervisory Borad Member, Shimadzu Corporation

Aiko Kozaki

Director of Investment Department, Japan Network for Public Interest Activities (JANPIA)

Goro Kumagai

Senior Fellow, Mizuho Securities

Koichiro Kuramochi

Chief Accountant, Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan

Sakon Kuramoto

Representative Attorney, Kuramoto International Law Office

Leong Wai Leng

Managing Director and Regional Head of Asia Pacific, CDPQ Global, CDPQ Singapore

Sherry Madera

Chief Executive Officer, CDP

Hanae Maeda

Managing Director, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory

Koh Matsuki

Chief Executive Officer, Proxy Watcher Inc.

Chikako Matsumoto

Managing Executive Officer, CSuO, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings

Hideki Matsuoka

Special Project Manager, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (HURIGHTS OSAKA)

Masatoshi Matsuzaki

Board Chair, LIXIL Corporation

Yutaka Matsuzawa

Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Colin Melvin

Founder and Managing Director, Arkadiko Partners

Chie Mitsui

Senior Researcher, Data Analyst, Nomura Research Institute

Yuki Miyoda

Project Researcher, The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo

Nozomi Mizuno Witherspoon

Senior Specialist - Sustainability & Social Impact, The Japan Research Institute

Yoko Monoe

CMA, Senior Consultant (Sustainable Investment) WEALTH, Mercer Japan

Atsuhito Mori

Head of Sustainable Investment, Japan, FTSE Russell, An LSEG Business

Michiyo Morisawa

Senior Lead, PRI

Maiko Morishita

Japan Programme Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative

Asako Nagai

Managing Director, BSR

Masaaki Nagamura

Fellow International Initiatives, Tokio Marine Holdings

Nagano Yoshinori

Managing Director, Head of Center for Dissemination of Investment and Asset Management, Daiwa Asset Management

Yushi Nagano

Head of JICA DXLab, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Naho Nakakubo

Chief ESG Innovation Officer, Cierpa & Co

Makiko Nakamori

Director, Chairperson of the Women’s Advancement Committee, ITOCHU Corporation

Masato Nakamura

Founding Partner, GLIN Impact Capital

Taka Nakamura

CEO / Founder, taliki

Yuriko Nakao

Associate Professor, Kansai University

Hiroyuki Nomura

Operating Officer, Senior General Manager, Investment Planning Department, JAPAN POST INSURANCE

Brynn O'Brien

Executive Director, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

Oyin Oduya

Managing Director, Impact Measurement & Management Practice Leader, Wellington Management

Yuka Ogasawara

Impact Officer / Deputy Secretary General, Social Innovation and Investment Cooperation / Impact Driven Finance Initiative

Chisa Ogura, Meros Consulting

Chisa Ogura

Managing Director, Meros Consulting

Emi Onozuka

CEO, Eminent Group

Will Oulton

Advisor, MUFG Asset Management Sustainable Investment

Margarita Pirovska

Director of Policy, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Kim Schumacher

Associate Professor in Sustainable Finance and ESG, Kyushu University

Kenji Shiomura

Managing Director, ESG & Stewardship Department, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Philip Sugai

Professor of Marketing (Graduate School of Business), Director (Value Research Center), Doshisha University

Yasuyuki Sugiura

Managing Director of the Institution of the Social System Research, Nikko Research Center

Mariko Suzuki

Founder, CEO, Creative Director, KINYU-JOSHI

Hideki Takada

Director for Strategy Development, Financial Services Agency

Kae Takase

Senior Coordinator, Renewable Energy Institute

Ken Tammoto

Principal Strategist, Carbon Solutions Development Unit, MOL

Paul-Antoine Thiebot

Head of Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance, Asia Pacific, Societe Generale

Ryusuke Tanaka

Programme Officer, International Labour Organization Office for Japan

Tomoko Tsuruno

Technical Director, Japanese Institute The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA)

Maho Uehara Cavalier

Director, Animal Welfare Corporate Partners Japan (AWCP)

Will van de Pol

CEO, Market Forces

Anjali Viswamohanan

Director, Policy, Asia Investor Group on Climate Change

Daniel White

CEO, Gentian

Asahi Yamashita

Head of Japan, ClientEarth

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

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.
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  • 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 500+ Japanese sustainable finance professionals

Aberdeen Standard Investments
AIG General Insurance Company
AllianceBernstein
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
Asset Management One
Bank of Japan
BlackRock
BNP Paribas
BofA Securities Japan
ClearBridge Investments
Climate Disclosure Standards Board
Daido Life Insurance
Dai-ichi Life Insuarance
Daiwa Securities
Deutsche Bundesbank
Development Bank of Japan
Duskin Pension Fund
Eaton Vance Asia Pacific
European Investment Bank
Federated Hermes
Financial Services Agency
First Sentier Investors
FTSE Russell
General Insurance Association of Japan
Glass Lewis
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Government Pension Investment Fund
GRI
HSBC
Idemitsu Pension Fund
IFM Investors
IFRS Foundation
Institutional Shareholder Services
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Japan Bankers Association
Japan Exchange Group
Japan International Cooperation Agency
Japan Investment Advisory Association
Japan Post Bank
Japan Postal Insurance
Japan Sustainable Investment Forum
Japan Telecommunications Welfare Association
Japanese Red Cross Society Pension Fund
Japanese Trade Union Confederation
JPMorgan Asset Management
Keidanren Japan Business Federation
KKR (Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations)
Legal and General Investment Management
London Stock Exchange Group
M&G
Manulife Investment Management
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
Mercer Japan
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Ministry of the Environment
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Mizuho Bank
Moody's
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings
MSCI
National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives
National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
Neuberger Berman
Nikko Asset Management
Nippon Life Insurance Company
Nissay Asset Management
NN Investment Partners
Nomura Holdings
Norinchukin Bank
Organization for Workers' Retirement Allowance Mutual Aid
Pension Fund Association
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
PGGM Investments
PRI
Resona Bank
Robeco
Rokinren Bank
S&P Global
Schroder Investment Management
Secom Pension Fund
Sekisui House Pension Fund
SMBC Trust Bank
Sumitomo Life Insurance
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Tokio Marine Holdings
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Tokyo Stock Exchange
Transport Agency Pension Fund
UBS Security
Vigeo Eiris
Wellington Management
World Bank Group
Yamato Group Pension Fund

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.

Institutional Investors at RI Japan 2024

The Responsible Investor Japan provides an unrivalled platform for institutional investors and financial institutions investing in ESG and sustainable finance.

A limited number of complimentary passes for the event are available for asset owners. Check out the benefits of joining the conference and learn who among your peers attends. Apply for a complimentary pass for you or your team now.

What to expect

Network with your peers

Enrich your network, build lasting relationships, and exchange valuable perspectives with your investor peers through investor-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.

Explore 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 ESG managers in the market.

Connect with active investors

Aichi Prefectural Credit Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
AIG General Insurance Company
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
Asahi Shimbun Pension Fund
Cathaylife insurance
Dai-ichi Life Insuarance
DIC Pension Fund
Farmers' Pension Fund
Fuji Oil Pension Fund
Government Pension Investment Fund
Hitachi Pension Fund
Idemitsu Pension Fund
JAL Pension Fund
Japan Post Insurance
KKR (Federation of National Public Service Personnnel Mutual Aid Associations)
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
Mitsui & Co., Pension Fund
National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives
National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
Nippon Life Insurance Company
Organization for Workers' Retirement Allowance Mutual Aid
Pension Fund Association
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
Resona Pension Fund
Secom Pension Fund
Sompo Japan Insurance
Sophia School Corporation
Transport Agency Pension Fund
Yamato Group Pension Fund

Apply for a complimentary asset owner pass

A limited number of complimentary passes are available for 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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Network at the leading sustainable finance event in Japan

RI Japan will bring together 500+ Japanese ESG industry leaders in Tokyo for two days to connect, network and collaborate. It is the must-attend event for sustainable finance professionals in Japan to connect with the industry.

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The in-person networking experience

Meet leaders in sustainable finance

Network with investment professionals, regulators, and academics who are leading the sustainable finance conversation in Japan.

15+ hours of networking

Connect with your peers at plenty of networking breaks, evening drinks reception and roundtable discussions.

Build new connections

Past attendees have included Dai-ichi Life Insurance, GPIF, Japan Post Insurance, Pension Fund Association, Sophia School Corporation, and many more.

Connect with active investors

Aichi Prefectural Credit Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
AIG General Insurance Company
Asahi Mutual Life Insurance
Asahi Shimbun Pension Fund
Cathaylife insurance
Dai-ichi Life Insuarance
DIC Pension Fund
Farmers' Pension Fund
Fuji Oil Pension Fund
Government Pension Investment Fund
Hitachi Pension Fund
Idemitsu Pension Fund
JAL Pension Fund
Japan Post Insurance
KKR (Federation of National Public Service Personnnel Mutual Aid Associations)
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
Mitsui & Co., Pension Fund
National Federation of Workers and Consumers Insurance Cooperatives
National Mutual Insurance Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives
Nippon Life Insurance Company
Organization for Workers' Retirement Allowance Mutual Aid
Pension Fund Association
Pension Fund Association for Local Government Officials
Resona Pension Fund
Secom Pension Fund
Sompo Japan Insurance
Sophia School Corporation
Transport Agency Pension Fund
Yamato Group Pension Fund

Be recognised as driving the future of sustainable finance

Responsible Investor Japan 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.

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Support the growth of sustainable finance in Japan

The RI Japan aims to provide a platform for sustainable finance professionals, senior decision-makers, and asset owners to exchange ideas and latest insights from the market.

Join us as a supporter to foster the development of sustainable finance by placing your brand at the forefront of the industry leaders.

Become a supporter to:

  • Showcase your brand as a thought-leader in sustainable finance
  • Maximise your brand exposure through speaking/moderating opportunities
  • Reach out to the key leaders in our influential network
  • Share your findings at the RI Japan event through your SNS, blogs, and much more.

Contact Serene Yuen for more information to collaborate with RI Japan.

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