Annual Event 2009

Leading Research Centre in France on Responsible Investment, Novethic organizes events to push investors to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in their practices.


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The 2009 edition

THE 2009 EDITION

The 2009 edition welcomed over 200 participants and thirty-some speakers from France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Sweden.


INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS AS ACTIVE SHAREHOLDERS: ATTITUDES TOWARDS AND MOTIVATION BEHIND ESG STRATEGIES

A lively debate on the results of Novethic’s survey of French and UK asset owners on the extent to which they believe it is their responsibility to influence the ESG policies of the companies in which they invest.


MEETING INVESTORS’ REQUIREMENTS IN EXTRA-FINANCIAL RESEARCH

To incorporate ESG criteria, asset owners need new information channels and extra-financial expertise. Is today’s offering suitable to their needs? Are the investment universes covered broad enough? How can they be expanded to include new asset classes?


ARE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES ALWAYS CONSISTENT WITH PRODUCT OFFERINGS

The financial crisis has shattered the public’s confidence in financial institutions, but sustainable development provides a means to regain it. How can this type of communication strategy be combined with product offerings?


HOW TO INCORPORATE A GLOBAL ESG POLICY IN THE INSURANCE SECTOR?

The United Nations published in October 2009 a report on the insurance sector which highlights the need to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors across all insurance businesses to preserve the industry’s sustainability. But is the industry ready for such an approach?


PENSION FUNDS AND ESG INCORPORATION: WHAT DRIVES RI PERFORMANCE?

Pension funds remain one of the world’s largest and most influential asset-owning groups. In the past year, their due diligence and oversight of the companies they own has been more fiercely scrutinised than ever before. New issues have been raised regarding their role as shareholders.


HOW ARE INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS MANAGING THE RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES LINKED TO CLIMATE CHANGE?

The economic and financial implications of climate change have introduced a new sector, carbon finance. This sector encompasses carbon credits, environmental funds as well as the inclusion of companies’ carbon cost in their current and future valuation.


IS SRI BRANCHING OUT TO NEW ASSET CLASSES?

The integration of ESG criteria into asset management, notably in application of the Principles for Responsible Investment, is crossing the equity border.
L'ISR APPLIQUÉ À DE NOUVELLES CLASSES D'ACTIFS SE TRANSFORME-T-IL ?


THE EIB: A LEADER IN THE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY

The European Investment Bank is the long-term lending bank of the European Union whose task is to contribute towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of EU Member States. It raises substantial volumes of funds on the capital markets which it lends on favourable terms to projects furthering EU policy objectives.