Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing has exploded in recent years amid increasing regulatory pressure and a more socially-conscious investor set. Highlighting this, assets in sustainable investments have surged 34% since 2016 to over $30trn, according to the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA).

ESG ETFs have become a major focus for investors and issuers have responded by launching a slew of products. However, a lack of consistent data and a whole host of different ESG screens makes selecting the right ETF a tricky task. This online event will explore the issues currently facing investors and the factors that will continue to drive the green revolution.

The event is exclusively aimed at buy-side professionals.

Participation is subject to approval by ETF Stream.

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Agenda

25 November 

1:55-2:00pm (UK time) Opening Remarks 

2:00-2:30pm Opening Keynote 

2:30-3:00pm 1 to 1 interview

3:35-4:00pm Panel ESG under the microscope: Regulatory developments in the space

Over the past few years, regulators are taking a more active approach by introducing stricter rules around ESG standards. For example, in June 2019, the EU Commission announced new disclosure requirements targeting greenwashing and a more level playing field for investors. When will regulators introduce industry standard definitions to tackle these issues and is this needed?

Panellists: Rick Redding, CEO, Index Industry Association
Tara O’Reilly, Co-Head of Asset Management and Investment Funds Group, Arthur Cox

3:35-4:00pm Networking Break 

4:00-4:35pm Panel Climate change ETFs: Investigating the latest ESG trend

Following the introduction of two climate benchmarks last year; the Climate Transition and Paris-aligned Benchmarks, issuers and index providers alike have released a string of ETFs that offer investors the opportunity to have a positive impact on climate change. However, questions remain as to whether the benchmarks will have the desired effect and if there is demand for these strategies. This session will unwrap the latest development in the ESG space and assess how they will fit in an investor’s portfolio.

Panellists: Elena Philipova, Global Head ESG Proposition, Refinitiv, and Member, EU Technical Expert Group

4:35-5:05pm Closing Keynote: ESG ETFs under the spotlight

Athanasios Psarofagis, ETF Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence

5:05-5:15pm Closing Remarks 

26 November 

8:55-9:00am Opening Remarks 

9:00-9:30am Opening Keynote 

9:30-10:00am 1 to 1 interview 

10:00-10:35am Panel ESG and fixed income: Time for rapid growth?

Passive bond funds with an explicit ESG mandate represent just 5% of the ESG bond market however there is a strong argument to say incorporating ESG criteria can make portfolios more resilient to credit rating downgrades and defaults. The tiny market has the potential for rapid growth however what factors will be driving this uptake?

Panellists: Xavier Desmadryl, Global Head of ESG Research and PRI, HSBC Global Asset Management
James McManus, CIO, Nutmeg

10:35-11:00am Networking Break 

11:00-11:35am Panel Portfolio construction: Incorporating ESG ETFs

While there is much hype around sustainable investing, ETFs with an ESG tilt only account for around $40bn of the $1trn European ETF market. Although this is growing, and at a rapid pace, the way investors incorporate sustainable products into portfolios remains a big question. Should they sit as core holdings or act as more satellite exposure?

Panellists: Sophie Kennedy, Head of Investment, EQ Investors
Patrick Thomas, Head of ESG Investments, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

11:35-12:05pm Closing Keynote 

12:05-12:15pm Closing remarks

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