Dutch Pension Fund Investors:

Focus on ESG & Impact Investing

September 23, 2020

Amsterdam – Apollo Hotel


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.


Dutch Pension Fund Investors: Focus on ESG & Impact Investing


Registration and coffee


Session 1: Equities & Impact Investing



Independent SRI Consultant


Lead Portfolio Manager Emerging Markets

AGF Investments

Why Country Allocation Matters in Emerging Markets

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 or cancel all SPS conferences up to end of July 2020. Our conference calendar gives the dates of those events we are currently aiming to run.

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