Dutch Pension Fund Investors:
Focus on ESG & Impact Investing
September 23, 2020
This conference, conducted in English, aims to explore a range of investment strategies designed to provide a positive societal or environmental impact or to reduce carbon risk. This will include consideration of how ESG and impact requirements can be integrated into the everyday investment management processes of Dutch and Belgian pension funds as well as consideration of practical issues such as the impact of technology and AI, regulatory, political and geopolitical pressures, transparency, fees, benchmarks, reporting and how to measure the success and performance of managers and the impact and sustainability of the strategies as well as requirements specific to Dutch and other Benelux investors.
This will be a virtual conference with timings as follows (all timings are local Dutch times):
Session One: Monitoring Impact and Climate transition in Equities and Bonds
& Pension Fund experience
Investment Director, Impact Investment Approaches
Impact investing – Total Portfolio Activation
Addressing societal and environmental problems on a global scale is vital to our future. As a result, growing attention is given to Impact investing. Yet, many asset owners still only have relatively small allocations to sustainable and impact investments. Historically, this is due, in part, to a lack of available and well-structured investment opportunities. We believe that tackling large scale social and environmental problems will require the involvement of the entire impact investing ecosystem: from venture capital to private equity to public market participants. In this presentation we explore the increased opportunities available to asset owners. We will introduce the concept of “Total Portfolio Activation” - the idea that asset owners should have the opportunity to implement impact investing across every asset class.
Investment Specialist, Fixed Income
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Bond Strategies to effect Climate Change Transition
The past few years has seen a significant focus on climate change and other environmental issues that are linked to a generational shift in our thinking and approach to the required climate transition. This shift creates risks that come through expensive migration and adaption costs. However It is also creating opportunities given the amount of investment that must be made to achieve a successful transition. This generates a significant opportunity for active Fixed Income managers to build portfolios that can deliver compelling returns whilst supporting the transition to a low carbon economy and address the wider environmental challenges the world faces.
Virtual Coffee Break and Networking
Session Two: Sustainable Public and Private Investment in Emerging Markets & Investor Experience
Senior Sustainability Officer
The consequences of COVID-19 in the Development Finance Asset Class
This session will introduce the asset class of Sustainable Private Debt originated by Development Finance Institutions in Emerging Markets and discuss the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. Development Finance Institutions are currently stepping up efforts to increase their client’s economic resilience by offering COVID-19 response packages. This DFI commitment to the borrowers, coupled with their ample financial means and capital resources due to their AAA status, means that they are able to support these critically important projects and survive shocks like this. Like in the previous economic downturn of 2008-2009, we can expect defaults on loans provided to the private sector by the DFIs to be relatively low due to the counter-cyclical action undertaken by the DFIs.
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.
SPS Virtual will be hosted on a dedicated webpage so you won’t need to download any specific software.
Full login and password details will be sent to you after you register.