Achieving ‘Net Zero’ Targets: Roadmap for Institutional Investors
In 2020, much of the world realised the importance of ESG and the serious issues surrounding climate change and biodiversity.
Governments and institutions are now formally committing to do more by legislating or setting “Net Zero” targets in the near future. This will have a major impact on economies and markets.
In this webinar Steve Waygood, Aviva Investors’ Chief Responsible Investment Officer (CRIO) will discuss:
- Why all financial institutions need to adapt quickly to the impending challenges
- Opportunities facing superannuation funds and institutional investors in the quest for “Net Zero” targets
- The development of a comprehensive plan
- How investors can start to invest differently
COP26 Glasgow Update
Steve Waygood is also currently involved with COP26 which the UK government is hosting in Glasgow in November. He will discuss the UK Government’s key objectives for COP26 and how that may impact Australia.
This meeting in Glasgow is expected to be just as important as the 2015 Paris COP meeting that achieved so much and set the world on the right path.
Global Plan for Climate Finance
To achieve the Paris target, we need enhanced international cooperation between public and private financial institutions to implement a global climate finance plan. Government promises and commitments are simply not enough. The focus needs to be on significantly raising the total of private capital invested in climate adaptation and mitigation solutions globally.
Steve will discuss the proposal to create an International platform for Climate Finance from the rare alignment of G7, G20 and COP26 during 2021.
Steve Waygood leads Aviva Investors’ Global Responsible Investment team, which achieved an A+ ranking in governance and strategy from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment; a Tier 1 assessment for Stewardship from the UK Financial Reporting Council; and won the Responsible Investment Thought Leader and Innovator of the Year global award in 2017.
Steve has recently been appointed to the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on sustainable finance, and the UK Green Finance Taskforce , and is also a member of the Financial Stability Board Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).
Steve co-founded and now Chairs the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark and the World Benchmarking Alliance. He also co-founded the Sustainable Stock Exchange initiative as well as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition, which is aiming to catalyse a UN Convention promoting enhanced corporate transparency and integrated reporting.
He is also an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council. Steve was a member of the UK Government delegation to the UN Rio+20 meeting in 2012, and a member of the European Commission’s expert groups on corporate governance and corporate responsibility. His work became a case study in the Harvard Business School MBA in 2012.
Steve has received the Leadership in Sustainability award from the Corporation of London and the British Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 he received the Yale Rising Star in Corporate Governance Award, and he was among the Financial News Top 100 Rising Stars in 2009. Steve was on the board of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance association (UKSIF) from 2003 to 2010, serving as its Chairman from 2006. He was also part of the expert group that wrote the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
Steve is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst institute, with a degree in Economics and a PhD in sustainable finance. He is a faculty member at the International Corporate Governance Network and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He is also a Visiting Professor of Sustainable Finance at Cass Business School.
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