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STOXX Annual Conference on May 21 to Examine ESG

May. 13, 2019

May. 13, 2019


By Roberto Lazzarotto, Global Head of Sales, STOXX Ltd.

Few issues seem to dominate investor agendas these days more than responsible investing. The move to adopt sustainable principles in portfolios is becoming ubiquitous, having grown from niche to mainstream and now assuredly entering the retail space too. 

STOXX’s annual conference, Innovate2Invest, will this year focus on the topic of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, aiming to dissect this veritable revolution from several angles. Once again, a strong line-up of expert guests will lead a full day of enlightening debate that’s made the event an unmissable date for asset owners, managers and intermediaries.

Keynote speakers

This year’s gathering, entitled “ESG – Beyond Trends & Mainstream,” will be held in London on May 21. We are pleased to have two keynote speakers that will engage us with their knowledgeable opinions. Søren Hermansen, award-winning author and environmental thinker, will present on transformative social innovation and evolutionary leadership. 

Also, in the afternoon, Bruce Dickinson will take on the stage. Bruce is known worldwide as the lead singer of heavy-metal band Iron Maiden, but he is also a sustainable entrepreneur who focuses on hybrid transportation solutions with the ultimate goal of achieving zero-carbon flights.

A changing ESG landscape

Earlier in the day, Steffen Hoerter, Global Head of ESG at Allianz Global Investors, will kick off presentations with an overarching view on the outlook, drivers and latest trends in sustainable investing. 

The event’s first panel will cover regulation of sustainable investments. We look forward to an enrichening exchange of ideas about new rules in the industry and how different types of investors are reacting to a changing framework.

We’ll then look at two case studies of ESG Integration in Scandinavia, a region at the forefront of sustainable investing. 

The next panel will tackle how derivatives are transforming ESG investing, by bringing down portfolio costs, fostering liquidity and helping manage risk. For this, we’ll hear from an investor, a market maker, an index provider and an exchanges operator. 

Two panels in the afternoon will take a deep dive into strategies to construct a sustainable portfolio, with respective focus on indexing and thematic approaches. 

Insight sessions

Additionally, two breakout sessions in the afternoon will provide an opportunity for close-up insights into special topics. The first session will be dedicated to online tools available to build sustainable and thematics portfolios. In the second meeting, we’ll host a discussion on the growth of ESG in structured products.  

Reserve your seat

With such a schedule, we expect a lively and thought-provoking event and would be delighted for everyone to join us. The conference’s lunch and the closing cocktail reception will be a great opportunity to meet up with colleagues from across the industry. 

For more information on Innovate2Invest 2019 and to register for free, visit our website.

We look forward to seeing many of our clients and partners in London.

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