Thursday September 24, 2015

The 2015 RobecoSAM Forum

The impact of sustainability trends on financial markets
The RobecoSAM Forum is a community platform of thought leaders to launch initiatives and discuss solutions in the field of sustainability investing. Corporates, asset owners and RobecoSAM experts will come together for two days in Z├╝rich, Switzerland to exchange their views on the impact of sustainability on financial markets and the future of ESG investing.

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What to expect at the 2015 RobecoSAM Forum?

On 24 and 25 September 2015 RobecoSAM will host its annual Forum at the  Bocken Conference Center. The three building blocks of the program are:

  1. Thought provoking keynote speeches
  2. Lively panel discussions on topics such as fossil fuel, gender diversity, and impact investing 
  3. Innovative break-out sessions 

Simona Scarppaleggia, CEO at IKEA AG (Switzerland) started her career at IKEA as Human Resource Manager in Italy, where she implemented the company's diversity strategy and various projects aiming at gender, age and ethnicity diversity. Since 2013 she has been working for IKEA Switzerland, and she has been the President of Advance, an association of Swiss based companies whose purpose it is to increase the percentage of top women in leadership positions. 

Caroline Anstey, Global Head of UBS and Society is one of the keynote speakers, and has extensive experience in the areas of development, finance and communications. She will talk about the UBS and society program, as it is cross-divisional and covers all of the UBS activities in the ares of sustainable and values-based investing, philanthropy and community interaction. 

Dr. Anja Hochberg, Chief Investment Officer Europe at Credit Suisse has a long proven track record within the company, as she has been holding senior positions at Credit Suisse since 2001. As keynote speaker, Dr. Hochberg will share her experiences on sustainable investing at the Swiss company, as she has been Head of Investment Strategy for Asset Management and currently is the Banks Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Europe. 

Francis Condon, Senior Sustainability Investing Analyst at RobecoSAM is responsible for the Oil & Gas and Mining industries, and will share the key lessons learned from both in his position at RobecoSAM. Prior, he was VP in ABN AMRO's sustainability team where he implemented the bank's sustainability strategy and developed its approach towards social and environmental risks. 

Break-out session by Finch & Beak 

On behalf of Finch & Beak, Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner will provide one of the twelve break-out sessions during the Forum on 24 and 25 September, where his focus will be on the theme 'Converting sustainability into a key innovation driver' in relation to avoid the Reporting Trap, and capture the value opportunities from sustainability, as we described recently in our latest study, that we conducted in partnership with RobecoSAM.

The two day conference is by invitation only. If you are interested in the full program, please have a look at the Agenda for the RobecoSAM Forum. 

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