ESG & Sustainable Investment Issues for Dutch Pension Funds

September 24, 2019

Amsterdam – Apollo Hotel


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.


ESG & Sustainable Investment Issues for Dutch Pension Funds


Registration and coffee


Session 1: Equities & Impact Investing



Independent SRI Consultant


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?

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Investment Specialist

Wellington Management

Global Impact Investing & 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.


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?




Session 2: Equities: Active & Passive Investing



Quantitative Strategist

ABN Amro


Fund Manager

Artemis Investment Management

Mainstream 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.


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).


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


Drinks and lunch


Session 3: Fixed Income & EU Taxonomy







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


Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, PGGM and

Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, European Commission

EU Sustainable Taxonomy: Theory & Application

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.




Session 4: Green Bonds


Head of Investor Engagement

Climate Bonds Initiative

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.


Head of Portfolio & Treasury Management



Head of Portfolio & Treasury Management


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Investment Strategist

TKP Investments


Lead Portfolio Manager Green Bonds

Achmea Investment Management


Drinks reception and close of conference


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, Amsterdam

Apollolaan 2

1077 BA Amsterdam

Hotel Tel: +31 2067 35922


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Given the escalating situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, unfortunately we have taken the decision to postpone all SPS conferences up to 22 June 2020. New, but inevitably provisional, conference dates are being arranged. We will be making decisions very shortly regarding conferences after 22 June and we will directly notify everyone involved as well as updating our website.

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