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  • The Edinburgh Conference

    17 April 2014

    17 April 2014, 9am – 6.30pm


    This was our first all-member, all-day conference and we were delighted to host it in Edinburgh, home of the Green Investment Bank and many UKSIF members.

    Scottish teams, friends and colleagues gathered at this free event to examine key challenges and opportunities faced by the UK sustainable finance sector today, then kick-started the Easter weekend with some informal drinks to end the day.

    We opened up the afternoon sessions and the drinks to non-members so that interested clients or contacts could be invited along to join the conversation.

    Where permission has been given to share speaker slides from a session, they are included below.

    The Programme

    9am – 10am  (members only)  Breakfast with UKSIF - Join Simon Howard, Chief Executive, UKSIF, for a breakfast conversation on the principle risks and opportunities facing your organisation or the UK finance sector as a whole.

    10am – 11am  (members only) Scottish Independence and Sustainable Finance. Speakers will give 5-minute quick-fire presentations on the impacts they predict Scottish independence will have on building a more sustainable economy before opening up to the audience for a lively, informal debate.

    Marco Biagi MSP (SNP, Edinburgh Central), Member of the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

    Patrick Harvie MSP (Green, Glasgow), Scottish Green Party Co-Convenor

    Mark Lazarowicz MP  (Labour, Edinburgh North and Leith), Member of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee

    Dr Hamish Patrick,  Partner, Tods Murray LLP

    Councilllor Cameron Rose, Leader of the Conservative Group, City of Edinburgh Council and Vice-Chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF)

    David Somervell, Head of SRS Futures, University of Edinburgh (the first European university to sign up to the Principles for Responsible Investment)

    11am – 11.30am (members only) Coffee break

    11.30am – 12.10pm (members only) The CLEAR Info project - A presentation on the project of aggregating a variety of environmental datasets held across the Environment Agency to build a unique picture of performance and regulatory compliance at parent company-level.

    Francois Passant, Executive Director, Eurosif

    Suzanne Laidlaw, CLEAR Info Project Manager, Environment Agency

    Aaron Re’em, Senior Research Analyst, Trucost

    12.10pm – 1pm (members only) Mainstreaming sustainable finance: Media angles - Hear from Media experts on what makes a good sustainable finance story. 

    Simon Leadbetter, Founder, Blue & Green Tomorrow

    1pm – 2pm (members and non-members) Lunch and conference opens up to non-members

    2pm – 2.30pm (members and non-members) How to make ESG engagement effective - A practical workshop with EIRIS.

    Peter Webster, Chief Executive Officer, EIRIS

    To view the slides from this session, please click here.

    To view the audience feedback (voting results) from this session, please click here.

    2.30pm – 4pm (members and non-members)  Tax Responsibility with Sustainalytics discussing their report, ‘Multi-National Corporations and Tax Responsibility: Issues for responsible investors’, recently nominated for a Farsight Award.

    Zachery Paris, Client Relations Associate, Sustainalytics

    Edward Bickham, Senior Adviser, World Gold Council

    To view the slides from this speaker, please click here.

    Sudip Hazra, ESG Research Analyst, Kepler Cheuvreux

    4pm – 5.30pm (members and non-members) Integrated Reporting

    Frances Way, Chief Operating Officer, CDP

    Nikki McKean-Wood, Senior Manager, Network Relations at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

    Kate Jefferies, Head of Programmes,  International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

    Andrew Cave, Head of RBS Sustainability, The Royal Bank of Scotland

    5.30pm – 6.30pm (members and non-members) Drinks reception, sponsored by Sustainalytics        

    If you would like to find out more about this conference, please contact Charlene Cranny, UKSIF Programme Manager, on Charlene.cranny@uksif.org.

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