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This series of ESG webinars will share insights by bringing together industry experts on key ESG topics and help you understand their impact on investing in the coming year and beyond.


Topics: ESG & SRI InvestingFinancial RegulationInternational InvestingFinancial MarketsRisk Analysis & ManagementInvestment Products & Asset ClassesCapital InvestmentsEconomicsShareholders & Bondholders

Hosted by Fitch Ratings, CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange, CFA Society Hong Kong

Overview

ESG issues, from climate change to Covid-related social disruptions, remain a top concern for sovereigns, companies and investors alike. As these risks become more imminent, discussions surrounding potential solutions have taken on an increasing sense of urgency. In that spirit, Sustainable Fitch, CFA Society Hong Kong and the CFA Institute have come together collaborate on a series of webinars.

This series of ESG webinars will share insights by bringing together industry experts on key ESG topics and help you understand their impact on investing in the coming year and beyond.

Session 1 Webinar: Biodiversity and Emerging Market Debt; A rising area of focus for investors

About Session 1 Webinar

Biodiversity loss is one of the top five risks in the 2020 World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report. Many investors are attempting to integrate biodiversity performance assessment and risk management into portfolios, but facing challenges relating to the lack of clear data and transmission channels linking land use change and biodiversity loss to company activities.

Agriculture activities may contribute to deforestation. Use of fossil-fuel based chemicals to increase the farm yields in recent decades are proving to be deleterious to soil and groundwater health. These human activities do contribute to the biodiversity loss.

In this webinar, Mr. David McNeil, Head of Climate Risk, Director of Sustainable Fitch, will share with us:
- Background on policy developments and voluntary frameworks (e.g. CBD, TNFD)
- Challenges on measuring and monitoring biodiversity-related financial risks
- Best practice examples of biodiversity integration
- Links between biodiversity and climate mitigation goals
- Emerging nature based asset classes and opportunities

Mr. Sivananth Ramachandran, CFA, Director of Capital Markets Policy, India, at CFA Institute, will use the India experience to explore the following topics with audience:
- Various facets of sustainable agriculture
- Challenges in scaling up financing for sustainable agriculture projects
- Current financing models and case studies
- A call to action for policy makers, banks, and other stakeholders

In addition, Ms. Marina Petroleka, Global Head of ESG Research of Sustainable Fitch will discuss with the speakers on topical issues on biodiversity and sustainable agriculture. The panel speakers will also be taking questions from the participants toward the end of the webinar.


We hope you can join us for this event!