ESG & Sustainable Investment Issues for Dutch Pension Funds


24 September 2019
Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam



ESG & Sustainable Investment Issues for Dutch Pension Funds

08.45    :    Registration and Coffee




09.15   :      Session 1:  Equities & Impact Investing





Steve Way

Stephen Way, Senior VP & Head of Global and EM Equities, AGF Investments


Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Disruption 

This session will discuss some of the major drivers affecting global equities, such as de-globalisation and disruption coupled with an increasing awareness of environmental and social impacts and corporate responsibility 

  • Disruption: companies must disrupt themselves in order to survive
  • De-globalisation: trade wars and tariffs and the impact on global and domestic companies
  • Who will be the winners and losers
  • What trade-offs will companies and investors face in this environment when overlaying this with an ESG framework? 




Louise Kooy-HenckelLouise Kooy-Henckel, Investment Director, Impact Investment Approaches, Wellington Management


Global Impact Equity/Measuring Impact

Overcoming challenges with "green washing" and how to ensure investing is truly sustainable. Measuring impact and managing performance and risk exposures in a portfolio.



Fiona ManningFiona Manning, Investment Director, Global Emerging Markets Equities, Aberdeen Standard Investments


 Challenges and Opportunities for Impact in Emerging Markets

 A discussion around the development of impact investment strategies in an emerging market universe. What are the key challenges and opportunities? How can we as fund managers and asset owners answer the call to capital highlighted by the UN Sustainable Development Goals?



11.00    :    Coffee/Tea



11.30     :    Session 2: Equities: Integrating ESG in Active & Passive Investing




Alex IllingworthAlex Illingworth, Fund Manager, Artemis Investment Management


Mainsteam ESG Investing

This requires a focus on sectors that necessitate strong ESG characteristics to achieve longer term sustainable growth. Those ESG metrics must be monitored and form an integral part of the stock selection and portfolio construction process.



Lukasz PomorskiLukasz Pomorski, Managing Director, AQR Capital Management


A Framework for Responsible Investment

AQR and the UN PRI have collaborated on a framework for responsible investment, focused on responsible asset selection and responsible ownership. This talk will introduce each aspect, exploring pertinent research (with associated challenge) and highlighting some innovative solutions (for example, sustainable relaxed constraint approaches).



Erik ChristiansenErik Christiansen, Senior Consultant, Scientific Beta


Limitations of Integrated ESG Approaches


  • Principles of integrated ESG on factor investing

  • Limits of integrated ESG on factor investing

  • Taking into account a strict ESG policy as part of a factor investing approach




13.15    :     Drinks and Lunch


14.25    :     Session 3: Fixed Income & EU Taxonomy



Xander den UylModerator: Xander den Uyl, Vice-Chairman, PWRI






Manfred SchepersManfred Schepers, CEO, ILX Fund


Sustainable Private Debt in Emerging Markets


  • The opportunity to co-invest with Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in private debt
  • The role of data in catalysing private debt investments
  • The historical risk adjusted return of comparable private debt asset classes
  • The opportunity to identify, measure and report the SDG-related results in your investment portfolio




Brenda KramerBrenda Kramer, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM & Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, European Commission


EU Sustainable Taxonomy: Application in Specific Investments

 Clarifying the EU Sustainable Taxonomy unifying the classification of "green" investments and providing metrics and methodologies for measurement. A case study of infrastructure investment both direct and via funds will illustrate the Taxonomy.



15.30    :     Coffee/Tea


15.45          Session 4:



Manuel AdaminiManuel Adamini, Head of Investor Engagement, Climate Bonds Initiative


Green Bonds: Approaches to Investment in Sovereign & Corporate Issues

Manuel will discuss the rapidly increasing issuance in green bonds to include corporate as well as sovereign issues and the initiatives to avoid green washing. A panel will follow discussing their approaches to green bond investment moderated by Manuel.


Panellists include:


Rik KlerkxRik Klerkx, Head of Portfolio & Treasury Management, Cardano




Speaker tbc, TKP Investments





16.45    :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference


ESG Investment issues are now becoming mainstream.  This conference, conducted in English, will enable Dutch (and Belgian) pension fund and other institutional investors to explore a range of investment strategies and assets where all/some of these concepts are an important part of the investment process.  We welcome discussions of both public and of private assets as well as those covering equity or fixed income approaches.


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.


Apollo Hotel  

Apollolaan 2

1077 BA Amsterdam

Tel: +31 20 673 59 22






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