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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.
"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
“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.”