Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Symposium

Event time: 
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 8:45am to 4:15pm
Event description: 

The Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF), a joint project of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), is pleased to announce its 2021 Annual Symposium, focused on The Way Forward in Sustainable Finance. We are pleased to host Hanneke Smits, the CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management, and Sarah Bloom Raskin, the former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, as the keynote speakers for our two plenary sessions—along with four panels of sustainability thought leaders. 

The YISF Symposium will be held virtually on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 9:00 to 4:15. Please refer to the schedule below for details. You can sign up for the Symposium at this link.

2021 Annual Symposium: The Way Forward in Sustainable Finance

Friday, October 29, 2021

Yale University (hybrid)

8:45 – 9:00: Welcome

Virtual session

Todd Cort, Faculty Co-Director, Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance

9:00 – 10:00: Opening plenary: Fireside Chat on Sustainable Investment

Virtual session

Hanneke Smits, CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management

Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law & Policy at Yale University; Faculty Co-Director, Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance

10:15 – 11:30: Parallel panels session

Virtual session

Panel 1: Portfolios and sustainability

Alexander Bassen and Othar Kordsachia, Hamburg University – Index Construction for Sustainable Development Investing

Sam Hilton and Joanne Lee, WWF – Assessing Portfolio Impact – Tools to Measure Biodiversity and SDG Footprints of Financial Portfolios

Ulrich Atz, New York University – Does Sustainability Generate Better Financial Performance? Review, Meta-analysis and Propositions

Panel 2: Lingering issues in sustainable finance

Olaf Weber, University of Waterloo – Addressing Regulatory Constraints of Carbon Tax in a Resource-Based Economy

Nathan de Arriba-Sellier and Daniel C. Esty, Yale University – Zeroing-in on Net-Zero: Is the Business Community Walking the Talk?

Kelly Clark and Magali Delmas, University of California, Los Angeles – Increasing IMPACT: An Assessment of ESG Metrics and Recommendations to Improve Their Utility

1:30 – 2:45: Parallel panels session

Virtual Session

Panel 3: Sustainability beyond carbon: diversity and biodiversity

Bola Olusanya, The Nature Conservancy – The Nature Conservancy: The Journey to Pragmatic Portfolio Decarbonization

John Joaquin Bohorquez and David Meyers, Conservation Finance Alliance – An Integrated Blended Finance Fund for Coral Reefs

Anthony Campagna, ISS ESG – The Content of Their Character. How Diversity & Inclusion Continue to Drive Change

Panel 4: Green bonds

Dion Bongaerts and Dirk Schoenmaker, Rotterdam School of Management – The security design of green debt instruments

Nathaniel Springer and Susanna Gibbons, University of Minnesota – Qualifying the impact of green bonds: using life-cycle assessment to measure comprehensive financial and environmental return on investment

Alexander Vasa, Interamerican Development Bank – A novel database for green bonds to support investment analysis and decision making, research and regulatory decisions: The Green Bond Transparency Platform

3:00 – 4:00: Closing plenary: “The Impact of Climate Change on Financial Markets”

Yale University (hybrid)

Sarah Bloom Raskin, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board; Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke University

4:00 – 4:15: Wrap-up and close

Yale University (hybrid)

Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law & Policy at Yale University; Faculty Co-Director, Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance

YISF 2021 Annual Symposium is graciously sponsored by:

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