PRI in Person 2019 highlights

“Incredible opportunity to collaborate and learn, given high quality content and engaged attendees.”
“Great event, fantastic networking opportunities and good learning opportunities.”
“One of the few opportunities to hear from leaders in responsible investment.”

PRI in Person 2019 welcomed nearly 1,800 investment professionals to the beautiful city of Paris.

We were delighted to open this year’s conference programme with the full support of our host country, France. A welcome message from President Emmanuel Macron highlighted the urgency of investor action to safeguard the climate, in particular calling for increased protections for the Amazon rainforest. This was followed by a keynote address from Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, who spoke passionately about the need for an “urgent transition” in the financial system, echoing the conference theme: responsible investment in an age of urgent transition.

Keynote speakers on the second day focused on investor responses to the climate emergency. We heard first from Aliénor Martin-Péridier, Co-organiser of the French student manifesto ‘Wake-up Call on the Environment’, who emphasised the priorities of today’s younger generations when considering their careers. This was later followed by an insightful keynote interview with CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, on how investor engagement through the Climate Action 100+ initiative has contributed to the energy giant’s ambitious net-zero emissions targets. From an investor perspective, representatives of Allianz SE and CDPQ then discussed the steps they are taking towards a low-carbon economy.

The conference programme closed with a panel of experts from the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, chaired by PRI CEO, Fiona Reynolds. Particularly thought-provoking were the testimonies of James Kofi Annan and Timea Nagy-Payne, two survivors of modern slavery who shared their reflections on the role of the financial sector in combating this egregious social issue.

In addition to these high-profile plenaries, the conference also featured thirty-five breakout sessions, on topics ranging from regulatory updates to the role of the SDGs, alongside a broad spectrum of ESG issues.

The full agenda can be viewed here

Who were the featured speakers at Paris 2019?

  • Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy & Finance, France
  • Jean Raby, CEO, Natixis Investment Managers
  • Cécile Cabanis, CFO, Danone
  • Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
  • Alberto de Paoli, CFO, ENEL
  • James Kofi Annan, President, Challenging Heights
  • Timea Nagy-Payne, Founder, Timea’s Cause Inc.

Paris 2019: Twitter vox pops

50 countries

838 organisations

190 speakers

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"You can count on us to be a leading force, at the global level, in the coming months, and the coming years." - Bruno Le Maire
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Press and social media coverage

The hashtag #PRIinPerson generated almost

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Reaching over 6.4 million people

9,022 tweets used the hashtag #PRIinPerson

More than 35 reporters attended from the following media outlets:

The Wall Street Journal, FT, The Japan Times, Environmental Finance, L’Agefi, Global Proxy Watch. National Geographic, Euromoney Institutional Investor, Thomson Reuters, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Reuters, Option Finance, Global Proxy Watch, S&P Global, Funds Europe, Responsible Investor, Energy Intelligence, Investment & Pensions Europe, Les Echos, Top1000Funds.

5 Media Partners:

FT, L’Agefi, Option Finance, Responsible Investor, Top1000Funds

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Leaders’ Group 2019

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The PRI Leaders’ Group 2019 showcases PRI signatories that demonstrate both a breadth of responsible investment excellence, and that excel specifically in this year’s theme: selection, appointment and monitoring of external managers. Our evaluation focused specifically on listed equity and private equity, as these are the asset classes where we ...

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PRI in Person 2019: Partners

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Conference photo gallery

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Where are we going in 2020?

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