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  • Investor webinar: engaging with banks on climate change

    11 July 2017

    This event is organised by ShareAction

    Boston Common Asset Management and ShareAction, with guest speakers from Rainforest Action Network, have come together to host this webinar with the aim of discussing recent developments in the banking sector’s response to climate change and proposing some concrete opportunities for engagement going forward.

    Rainforest Action Network will present its new report on bank financing of fossil fuels, as well as its latest briefing on banks financing companies with high forest risks.

    ShareAction will then provide an update on AGM season 2017 at the largest European banks and discuss emerging trends, including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, whose final recommendations will have been presented on 29th June.

    Finally, Boston Common Asset Management will discuss next steps and outline concrete opportunities for investors to get involved.

    Agenda

    • Fossil Fuel Finance Report
    • Forests & Finance Briefing
    • Q&A on the report and briefing
    • Update on AGMs and other developments at the largest European banks
    • Next steps for engagement

    Speakers

    Lauren Compere - Managing Director and Director of Shareholder Engagement at Boston Common Asset Management

    Lauren Compere oversees Boston Common’s global shareholder engagement initiatives. She has worked in the responsible investment industry for over 25 years and has 17 years of experience in global responsible investing. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia. Lauren sits on the Governing Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). She also serves on the Business Ethics Committee for the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). She was Co-Chair of the Emerging Markets Disclosure Project (EMDP) and co-lead for the EMDP Korean team (2009-2012).

    Sonia Hierzig - Research Officer at ShareAction

    Sonia Hierzig’s work focuses on supporting investor engagement with the banking sector on climate change. She previously conducted a survey of Swiss pension funds and responsible investment. Before joining ShareAction, Sonia worked for various charities, and most recently for the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. She holds a BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Exeter, an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

    Hana Heineken - Forests & Finance Senior Advisor at Rainforest Action Network

    Hana Heineken’s work focuses on the role of the financial sector in protecting rainforests, their inhabitants, and the natural systems that sustain life. Hana previously worked as policy aide to Japanese Parliamentarians on environmental and human rights issues, and has over 5 years of experience working on forest-risk supply chains in Japan. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Pace Law School, and a former graduate fellow at Tokyo University.

    Jason Opeña Disterhoft - Climate and Energy Senior Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network

    Jason Opeña Disterhoft focuses on private bank financing for tar sands, coal and liquefied natural gas. Previously, he served as climate and energy digital campaigner at RAN. Prior to joining RAN, he was at Amnesty International USA, where he worked on economic, social and cultural rights and corporate accountability. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. in philosophy from Tufts University.

     

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