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SPS Net Zero, Impact & Sustainable Investment Conference 

September 20, 2023

The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, London

Conference objectives
  • Explore a range of new impact and sustainable investment strategies

  • Consider manager selection – and avoid greenwashing

  • Understand the latest research on effective ESG data in different countries

  • Answer your concerns in Q&A led by investors

  • Network with peers and speakers (75% investor attendees SPS ESG April 2023

Complimentary attendance for pension funds and other qualifying institutional investors.

SPS Quality: 30 years’ experience in educational investment conferences 





Session 1

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David Brown

Pensions for Purpose and Professional Pension Trustee

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Senior Specialist - Asset Owners Investment Practices


Selection, appointment and monitoring of investment managers from a Sustainability/ESG perspective

With responsible investment at the core of the relationship between asset owners and their investment managers, this session will explore the strategies and tools asset owners can utilise during selection, appointment, and monitoring. The presentation will also delve into new guidance to help asset owners evaluate external managers’ stewardship for addressing system level risks and pursuing sustainability outcomes.

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Executive Director

Impact Investing Institute

Place based impact investing

What is place-based impact investment? Why should pension funds consider investing in place-based impact in the UK? This presentation will look at place-based impact investing using some examples of pension funds active in delivering investment in place and offering useful evidence, good practice and case studies.


Mid-morning refreshment break


Session 2

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Tegs Harding

Trustee Director / Head of Sustainability


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Portfolio Manager

Nomura Asset Management

Sustainable investing in Japan

  • Japan offers a rich market for sustainable investing

  • The ESG landscape in Japan is stronger than its reputation, with governance the key lagging factor

  • Effective engagement with scale is necessary to fast track improved disclosure and governance

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Head of Sustainable Index Solutions


Beyond generic sustainability data: SDG vs ESG, Climate Beta and investment implications

This session will take you on a journey beyond generic sustainability data. It will cover research on:
-    SDG vs ESG: What are investors’ preferences telling us?
-    Climate Beta: An innovative & forward-looking climate transition risk measure
-    Investment implications of sustainability integration




Session 3

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Nick Spencer


Gordian Advice

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Head of Master Trust Trustee Consulting

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Impact Investing for Net Zero: Lessons from LGPS

1.    What is Impact Investing?
2.    How can it help with net zero?
3.    Real world impact
4.    Lessons from LGPS


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Climate & Sustainability Lead

The Pensions Regulator

Sustainable finance regulation

How TPR is ensuring compliance with climate disclosures
TNFD for pension funds and what pension funds should take into account -  in addition to TCFD


Investors' panel

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Chair of Trustees

M&G Pension Scheme

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Close of conference and 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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