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The theme of this year’s event was ‘the coming of age of responsible investment’.
Over three days in Barcelona, across more than 40 content-driven sessions and networking events, speakers and delegates at PRI in Person & Online came together to consider the changing expectations on investors and the evolutions the industry needs in order to meet them.
Following a welcome by the Group Executive Chair of Banco Santander, Ana Botin, on behalf of our lead sponsors, Santander Asset Management, the conference opened with an impassioned message from United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres demanding urgent and concrete action to tackle the climate crisis. The Secretary-General was explicit about the vital role that financial investors must play in ensuring a net zero future, with no room permitted for slow movers or greenwashing.
During the opening plenary, former governor of the Bank of England and current Co-chair of the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), Mark Carney, also spoke on unlocking the full potential of private finance in accelerating the transition to net zero through ambition, action and accountability. Over 550 leading financial organisations have committed, through GFANZ, to reducing their financed emissions in line with the pathway to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C.
Ambition without action is, of course, worth little, and Governor Carney outlined the ways that GFANZ was helping to operationalise these ambitions by developing a comprehensive framework for net zero transition plans for financial institutions that centre near term, science-based, achievable targets.
In all, over 200 speakers took part across the four plenaries and nearly 40 additional breakout sessions. These included:
Our breakout sessions covered the full gamut of ESG-related issues, demonstrating the breadth of expertise across the international responsible investment community.
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"We cannot blame the system. We are the system. If you you are stuck in a traffic jam, then you are the traffic jam. For a more resilient future, each of us has to become aware of our own responsibility" - Emmanuel Faber, Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB)
Laetitia Tankwe, Head of Sustainability Implementation and Assurance, @HSBC Asset Management shares her thoughts on what it means to be a truly responsible investor in 2022.— The PRI (@PRI_News) December 2, 2022
#PRIinPerson #ResponsibleInvestment #SustainableFinance #ESGAgenda pic.twitter.com/VzCqnCgq3t
After a two-year hiatus, we are delighted to welcome over 2000 guests in person and online, including many of our PRI signatory members here at #PRIinPerson and Online, to learn, share views and shape the future.— The PRI (@PRI_News) November 30, 2022
📢 @davidatkin22 #ResponsibleInvestment #SustainableFinance pic.twitter.com/NpMhM0ky1f
“We need to enable business, investors and society at large to take the right steps and achieve that 1.5°c outcome.” - @ca_howarth CEO, @ShareAction— The PRI (@PRI_News) December 1, 2022
#PRIinPerson #ResponsibleInvestment #SustainableFinance #ESGAgenda pic.twitter.com/QnYdBqn3tq
“Being a responsible investor means collaborating, being active stewards, reaching out to policymakers and exchanging with each other, to give us the best chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.” - @nathanafabian Chief Responsible Investment Officer, PRI— The PRI (@PRI_News) December 2, 2022
Wilhelm Mohn, Global Co-Head of Corporate Governance at @NorgesBank shares what it means to be a responsible investor in the current climate.— The PRI (@PRI_News) December 1, 2022
#PRIinPerson #ResponsibleInvestment #SustainableFinance #ESGAgenda pic.twitter.com/79mm7iRppU
“We’re connecting signatories, we’re connecting stakeholders…and making sure that being green is easier.”— The PRI (@PRI_News) December 1, 2022
Our COO, @EstherTeeken shares how together, our signatories are advancing the #ResponsibleInvestment agenda across the globe.#PRIinPerson #SustainableFinance #ESGAgenda pic.twitter.com/cI9A3hCybL
. @wendy_cromwell Vice Chair, @Wellington_Mgmt lists 5 crucial things to remember when being a responsible investor including the importance of educating yourself and committing to continuous improvement.— The PRI (@PRI_News) December 2, 2022
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“In the follow up to the climate negotiations, it's really important that we're seeing real progress.”— The PRI (@PRI_News) December 2, 2022
@shelaghwhitley, Chief Sustainability Office on the tangible advancements that have been made at #PRIinPerson ahead of #COP15.
Breakout 1B: Corporate disclosure: how do global sustainability standards meet the needs of investors?
Breakout 1C: Academic lecture: sustainability leadership: challenges, opportunities and strategies in th era of disruption
Breakout 1E: M&A, divestment and capital expenditure: should investors divest to align with climate commitments?
Breakout 4C: Advance: Using stewardship to tackle human rights issues in metals & mining and renewables