27 Aug We co-launched the first Responsible Asset Owners Symposium
We rebranded and launched the inaugural Responsible Asset Owners Global Symposium for institutional asset owners at a one day event in London as part of our drive to create events that fulfil a positive social or environmental purpose. Within three months from engagement we rebuilt a new website, created an agenda, built a community of attendees, created the messaging, introduced partners and promoted the event with 100 asset managers in attendance.
The Responsible Asset Manager Global Symposium was held on 8th October in London. Leaders of major pension funds such as USS, LPP, HESTA, LGA convened to discuss what responsible asset management means in the 21st century.
Despite its momentous growth in the last decade, responsible investing and impact investing still face challenges, including the under-supply of assets, lack of unified measurement and management frameworks, and ‘impact washing’. With trillions of assets under management, asset owners hold the power to implement the system change that is needed to serve global challenges.
The event explored what defines good stewardship, through the following panels and speeches:
- Key issues facing the Asset community
- Risk management and modelling: minimising risk, maximising returns and making smarter decisions
- Quantifying the investment case: quantitative strategy and data
- Democratising investment: regulation, pension funds and impact
- Trends in impact investing
- Financial opportunities post Brexit
- Diversity and inclusion in finance
- Climate change and challenges in the new paradigm
The event had a deeply impressive line-up of speakers that including UKSIF’s Head of Public Policy Ben Nelmes, Knut Kjaer, the Founder of Norges, Advisor to CIC & Board member of ABP, C Suite execs from six major pension funds including David Russell of USS, Chris Hitchens of Border to Coast, Michael O’Higgins of LPP, Denise Le Gal of Brunel PP, Stanislas Pottier of Amundi, Eugene O’Callaghan of Irish SWF ISIF and Amanda Latham of The Pension Regulator.