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SPS ESG & Sustainable Asset Strategies for Pension Funds

April 19, 2023

The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, London

Conference objectives

•    Explore a range of new ESG/impact and sustainable investment strategies
•    Understand how to integrate them into your investment management processes
•    Further your knowledge of TCFD and climate reporting
•    Learn from other pension fund and investor colleagues
•    Network with pension funds and providers in an educational informal setting

Complimentary attendance for pension funds and other qualifying institutional investors





Session 1

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Marian D'Auria

Global Head of Risk & Sustainability

GFG Alliance

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Head of Equity Impact Solutions

Regnan / J O Hambro Capital Management

Impact Investing in public market equities

  • Impact investing is about making investments with the intention of generating a specific and measurable positive impact: how is the measurable impact now defined for investors?

  • Impact investments are for the long term: what does that mean for pension funds and institutional investors?

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Emerging Market Corporates Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income – EMD

HSBC Asset Management

Emerging Market corporate sustainable bonds

  • Trends in EM debt and its outlook for investors in the current investment climate 

  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in emerging markets

  • Green EM bonds - engagement, issuers and trends


Mid-morning refreshment break


Session 2



Sean Burnard

Trustee Director


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Associate Director

New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited

Reforestation: Investing in a sustainable resource#

  • Highlighting the essential role forests play in achieving a climate neutral economy

  • How sustainable practices in forestry and agriculture are key to meeting these targets and  reversing deforestation

  • The investment experience, benefits, challenges and outlook for institutional investors

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Real Asset Equities Strategist


Investment Opportunities arising from the energy transition

  • Climate Change is one of the biggest investment risks we will face in our lifetimeand fighting it will require significant investment in the transition to clean energy

  • The current state of the energy transition and the associated tailwinds

  • How to capture the opportunity in your investment portfolio




Session 3

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Tom Herbstein

Founding Partner


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Managing Director, Head of ESG Committee

Leadenhall Capital Partners

ESG Investing in Insurance Linked Strategies

  • How ILS provides society with social resilience, including from meteorological and climate events

  • The significant current opportunity to enhance potential returns and diversify risk

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Head of ESG Research and Investment Consultant

XPS Pensions Group

Climate change and TCFD reporting: update for investors

  • How is TCFD and climate change reporting developing for UK pension funds?

  • What can we learn from the reports made to date

  • How can TCFD style reporting can support governance and decision-making even when not a legal requirement

  • Next steps




Session 4

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Nick Spencer


Gordian Advice

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Associate and Policy & Strategy Lead

Barnett Waddingham

Biodiversity; Why investors should do more to help natural capital and protect biodiversity loss

Understanding natural capital and biodiversity investment

Investment opportunities in biodiversity in the current investment climate

Impact of greenwashing scandal - what should investors know and ask?

Investor perspectives - panel session

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Pension Fund Committee

Buckinghamshire County Council

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Royal Berkshire Pension Fund

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Head of Sustainable Investment

BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management


Close of conference followed by drinks reception


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors and we welcome new attendees from these investors. Therefore if you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are 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 3 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.


The View at the Royal College of Surgeons

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Tel: 020 7869 6703

The View is centrally located at Lincoln’s Inn Fields within easy walking distance of Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) and Temple (District and Circle Lines) underground stations. It is a short taxi or underground journey from most major rail stations. Two NCP car parks are situated nearby.

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