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2023 Agenda

Day 1

31st January 2023

08:30
Registration, coffee & networking
09:20
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:30
Opening presentation

ESG outlook 2023: the impact of rising geopolitical tensions on global ESG strategies

10:00
Panel discussion

Big picture: integrating ESG into every level of organisational strategy

  • What resources do you need to have in place to develop and build ESG capacity?
  • How do you arrive at the right measures for an ever-evolving market?
  • Techniques for seamlessly merging financial and sustainability reporting
  • Developing a practical and uniform approach to ESG and DEI
10:45
Coffee & speed networking
11:30
Case study

Getting started with ESG: what does and doesn’t work?

11:50
Panel discussion

Regulation, disclosure, and reporting: how can ESG be measured and reported in a way that keeps all parties happy?

  • ESG disclosure landscape: finding the right approach for your organisation
  • Preventing green, SDG or impact washing via comprehensive reporting
  • What is the existing regulation? And what are the real-world liabilities?
  • Overcoming the challenges of matching and reporting against investors’ priorities
12:30
The Big Debate

This house believes that standardised frameworks for ESG do not work for private markets

13:00
Lunch & networking
14:00
WORKSHOP STREAM A

Biodiversity: from a niche topic to principal sustainable finance challenge

  • What does biodiversity mean for investors and asset managers?
  • How can investment in the preservation of biodiversity be unlocked?
  • What are the financial opportunities arising from natural capital?
  • Will nature-based investing be the next hot asset class?
WORKSHOP STREAM B

Tackling the unconscious bias: the importance of diversity in driving innovation

  • How are investors rating companies to ensure they are diverse and inclusive of people and ideas?
  • Do your DEI initiatives really work? How do you measure success?
  • What are the links between corporate diversity and market performance?
  • What can be done to drive DEI forwards?
14:40
WORKSHOP STREAM A

Biodiversity: from niche topic to principal sustainable finance challenge

  • What does biodiversity mean for investors and asset managers?
  • How can investment in the preservation of biodiversity be unlocked?
  • What are the financial opportunities arising from natural capital?
  • Will nature-based investing be the next hot asset class?
WORKSHOP STREAM B

Tackling the unconscious bias: the importance of diversity in driving innovation

  • How are investors rating companies to ensure they are diverse and inclusive of people and ideas?
  • Do your DEI initiatives really work? How do you measure success?
  • What are the links between corporate diversity and market performance?
  • What can be done to drive DEI forwards?
15:20
Coffee & networking
15:50
Panel discussion

Data, data, and more data: developing ESG metrics for private equity

  • Creating a critical mass of meaningful, performance-based ESG data via standardised data collection
  • What data are LPs asking for? And what are they doing with it?
  • Exploring ILPA and UNPRI initiatives to improve data collection and reporting
  • Cybersecurity and how to ensure data protection
16:30
Champagne roundtable discussions

A: Impact investing

B: Decarbonisation

C: DEI

D: Biodiversity

17:15
​Cocktail reception

Day 2

1st February 2023

08:30
Registration, coffee & networking
08:55
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:00
Panel discussion

SFDR in focus

  • How has SFDR re-shaped the ESG fund landscape?
  • Best practice for integrating SFDR at the portfolio and fund level
  • How can GPs implement articles 8 and 9? What are the key inconsistencies managers are facing?
  • To what extent are the distinctions between articles 6, 8, and 9 fully understood?
09:40
Panel discussion

Responsible investment and LP requirements: from fundraising to reporting

  • How do LPs view ESG? Does it vary globally?
  • What is the impact on fundraising? How are investors choosing their managers?
  • What sort of data are LPs looking for on ESG? And what are they doing with it?
  • Are investors interested if your fund isn’t article 8 or 9?
10:20
Case study

Successfully navigating the LPA investment exclusions maze

10:40
Coffee & networking
11:10
Panel session

Best practice for decarbonising your firm and your portfolio

  • Key opportunities and challenges in the path to net zero
  • Beyond reporting: implementing real world actions to reduce carbon emissions
  • Dealing with conflicting challenges: weighing up the E vs. S of decarbonisation programmes
11:50
Case study

Carbon reduction

12:10
Lunch & networking
13:00
Case study

ESG’s role in valuation

13:20
Panel session

ESG from a risk aversion strategy to a driver of value creation

  • How can ESG data be used to drive performance and create value?
  • How are large firms driving ESG through their organisations?
  • ESG at valuation: what premiums can managers achieve by enhancing a portfolio companies ESG credentials?
  • What happens to ESG as it moves into the mainstream?
14:00
Case study

ESG as a value creator

14:20
Panel discussion

Demonstrating ESG value on exit

  • Implementation of ESG at portfolio level to enhance the exit
  • Communicating ESG credentials to potential buyers
  • What buyers expect from a company’s ESG policies
15:00
Chair’s closing remarks