ARX Series 9 June 2021
ESG and Sustainability
International Policies and Reporting Frameworks
Webinar presented by CFA Institute and MSCI
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As ESG and sustainable investing become centre stage, concerns that the inconsistency and variation in ESG-related disclosures, terminology, and investment approaches may give rise to confusion and misunderstanding has also risen. A slew of new regulations and standards globally are being implemented to tackle the issue of greenwashing, raise transparency and disclosure for the benefit of investor protection and product development. At the same time, as governments and regulators increasingly focus on climate change, many are aligning their policies with the TCFD framework. Against this backdrop, it is important for investors to get a better understanding on these policy developments and how they may potentially shape the industry going forward.
In this session, we address the following:
- Alignment with the TCFD framework: basics, practicalities and best practices
- Overview of EU ESG regulations: Taxonomy Regulation, Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, and Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation
- The implications of the above on the industry
- Mary Leung, CFA, Head, Advocacy, Asia-Pacific, CFA Institute
- Chitra Hepburn, Managing Director and Head of ESG, APAC, MSCI
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As the Head of ESG in APAC, Chitra Hepburn is responsible for MSCI’s ESG commercial activities in the Asia Pacific region. Chitra joined MSCI in July 2019 and is based in Singapore.
Chitra most recently was a Managing Director at ESG Global, a role she held since February 2017, where she was responsible for working with issuers to create and implement their ESG metrics in preparation for investor roadshows. Prior to this, Chitra was Greater China Head of Sustainability, Corporate Communications and CSR for Bayer, across the three divisions of Pharmaceuticals, Crop Science and Consumer Care. Earlier in her career she held roles at WestLB, Deutsche Bank and Adelphi Capital Partners.
She also holds an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics.
Mary is the Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute. She leads the team that is responsible for building market integrity in APAC by developing and advocating capital markets policy positions that raises investor protection and fosters sustainable industry growth. She also oversees the promotion and development of Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), a research hub through which we engage with societies, members, governments, regulators, academia and other industry stakeholders 6o advance the wider CFA Institute mission.
Mary has over 20 years of experience in the global financial industry, having worked in corporate finance, wealth management advisory, and fund management. She joined Coutts & Co, where she was director of Business Development and Management for North Asia. Prior to that she was executive director at UBS AG, where she led the Corporate Advisory Group in Hong Kong. With experience in both the buy- and sell-sides, Mary has a strong understanding of the drivers and dynamics of different investor groups, including institutional investors, corporates, family offices, asset owners, and high-net-worth individuals.
Mary graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge with a degree in Engineering. She is a CFA charterholder and speaks English, Putonghua, and Cantonese.