Quality data about companies’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices is critical for effective investment analysis. Consistency and comparability in the availability of data across companies are essential elements of an effective data set. However, not all governments around the globe require companies to report on governance in the same way. Companies are left to determine for themselves which ESG factors to disclose to investors. Considering this, how can pension schemes make informed decisions? This session will consider:
- Developments in climate risk models; measuring opportunity as well as risk
- Integrating climate models into benchmarks and indexes
- Cross asset class application: how can climate risk be considered in sovereign bonds
- The transition pathway initiative and the role of investor stewardship
David Harris, Group Head, Sustainable Business, London Stock Exchange Group & Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell
While the focus for many have been on equities, bond allocations are equally important and fixed income and alternative asset classes should be viewed as of equal importance. Bondholders - like shareholders - have a financial stake in the companies on whose balance sheet their debt resides. This session will look at the growing recognition by many in the market that ESG issues present material credit risk.
World population is estimated to reach 8 billion by 2030, investment in new buildings, transport, data networks and energy supplies will be paramount. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations include infrastructure development as one of the 17 SDGs, at least six of the others will not be met without significant investment in real assets. The role of the pension schemes, as some of the biggest investors in the UK, can exert significant influence in the way that these assets are built and operated.
- Evaluating projects with potential conflicting factors
Please note: programme is subject to change