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September 2020

Unlocking capital for sustainability 2020: Building back better

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[Update on 13 August 2020: With the global Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, Eco-Business has decided to take our flagship Unlocking capital for sustainability conference fully virtual for the first time. The current crisis has exposed the critical link between ESG performance and human and planetary health. We believe that our event is a timely avenue for our community to have urgent discussions on how to mobilise finance to build back better.

Existing ticket holders will be contacted to either receive a refund, or convert their ticket to the new virtual ticket and/or donate their contribution to EB Impact. We would like to thank you for your support during these unprecedented times, and we hope to see you at the virtual event on 10 September 2020!]

Unlocking capital for sustainability is an annual premiere event organised by Eco-Business in partnership with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that brings together high-level decision makers in finance, business, government and civic society to discuss and commit to actionable initiatives that mobilise the capital markets for sustainable development.

The financial sector stands at a crossroads of change: Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the role of finance in building equitable, sustainable economies has been debated across societies. Set amid this backdrop is the rise of sustainable finance, which allocates capital with an environmental, social and governance (ESG) lens to create long-term value. Despite the encouraging momentum however, the deployment of private capital for sustainable finance remains relatively small.  

According to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, sustainable development in Asia will require US$5 trillion of investments to address complex challenges of climate change, growing inequality and rising urbanisation by 2030. How can the finance industry accelerate the responsible deployment of capital for these solutions in a rapidly growing region?

Join us at Unlocking capital for sustainability 2020: Building back better

*Please note that registrations will close at 6.30 pm Singapore time on 9 September.*

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Speakers

Sumi Dhanarajan

Associate Director, APAC, Forum for the Future

Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Chief Economist of the United Nations

Feng Hu

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Vigeo Eiris

Georg Kell

Founding Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact; Chairman, Arabesque; Advisory Board Member, Eco-Business

Harjan Kuiper

Chief Executive Officer, Rabobank Singapore & Representative Markets

Mikkel Bilyk Larsen

Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DBS

Lau Xin Yi

Green Finance Lead for South East Asia, Carbon Trust

Andrew Naylor

Executive Director, Head of ASEAN and Public Policy, World Gold Council

Mike Ng

Head of Structured Finance, OCBC

Steven Okun

ASEAN Representative, EMPEA

Vivek Pathak

Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, IFC | World Bank Group

Steve Peters

Senior Energy Specialist, ADB

Michael Salvatico

Head of Asia Pacific ESG Business Development, Trucost , part of S&P Global

Regula Schegg

Managing Director of Asia, Circulate Capital

Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy & Product Admission, Singapore Exchange Regulation

Eric Usher

Head of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

Bernadette Victorio

Regional Program Lead, Fair Finance Asia

El Lynn Yeoh

Head of Ethics, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

Ricco Zhang

Senior Director for Asia Pacific, ICMA

Hosts and moderators

Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

Nicholas Kolesch

Vice President, Projects, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Junice Yeo

Deputy Managing Director, Eco-Business

Agenda

10:45 am

Platform opens

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11:00 am

Introductory remarks

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

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11:10 am

Welcome address

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Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Chief Economist of the United Nations

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11:20 am

Opening plenary: Building back better

In this intimate session, speakers share their birds-eye view of what it will take for the region to build back better after experiencing the largest peacetime crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. We will discuss the progress of sustainable finance in the region, looking at the trends that will shape the decade ahead and how to accelerate capital allocation for recovery and long-term sustainable development. The discussion will look at the opportunities in a rapidly developing region in crisis, and how to seize them.

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Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Chief Economist of the United Nations

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Harjan Kuiper

Chief Executive Officer, Rabobank Singapore & Representative Markets

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Ricco Zhang

Senior Director for Asia Pacific, ICMA

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

12:00 pm

Lunch break

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1:00 pm

Launch of The Asian Web: Tracking regional financial flows by Fair Finance Asia

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Bernadette Victorio

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1:15 pm

Plenary #2: Sustainability financial instruments: Is regulation the answer?

Green bonds, blue bonds, sustainability loans, green loans – financial institutions are clamouring to announce newly launched green loans and products. Even as the world recognises the need for new financial instruments to fund projects driving sustainability, there remains a strong scepticism towards loosely defined green instruments that are subject to greenwash. Is there a role for regulators in this respect for Asian products? What other drivers can accelerate financial ESG standards in Asia?


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Mikkel Bilyk Larsen

Group Chief Sustainability Officer, DBS

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Michael Tang

Head, Listing Policy & Product Admission, Singapore Exchange Regulation

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Steven Okun

ASEAN Representative, EMPEA

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Andrew Naylor

Executive Director, Head of ASEAN and Public Policy, World Gold Council

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Junice Yeo

Deputy Managing Director, Eco-Business

2:00 pm

Break

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2:15 pm

Plenary #3: The role of Asian banks in the energy transition

Banks have an outsized influence on the modern economy today and have been under pressure to accelerate the critical energy transition needed to tackle our global climate crisis. Last year, banks with over US$47 trillion in assets, making up one third of the industry, adopted the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Banking to fight climate change and shift loan books away from fossil fuels. Closer to home, Singapore’s three major banks said they would stop new investments in coal fired power plants.  Regional banks and organisations in this panel will discuss the state of the energy transition in this rapidly developing region and the role of finance in enabling it.


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Feng Hu

Senior Sustainability Consultant, Vigeo Eiris

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Mike Ng

Head of Structured Finance, OCBC

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Lau Xin Yi

Green Finance Lead for South East Asia, Carbon Trust

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Michael Salvatico

Head of Asia Pacific ESG Business Development, Trucost , part of S&P Global

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Robin Hicks

Deputy Editor, Eco-Business

3:00 pm

Tea break

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3:15 pm

Fireside chat: Corporate leadership in driving ESG integration

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El Lynn Yeoh

Head of Ethics, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

3:45 pm

Plenary #4: Investing in the Circular Economy

BlackRock made headlines recently when it announced a partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to launch the BGF Circular Economy Fund of US$20 million, marking the proliferation of circular economy concepts in our modern economy, which advocates a circular approach to managing our limited resources. Research has suggested that if Europe were to adopt a more circular economy it could expect to receive €1.6 trillion in net benefits. Separate research indicates a circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn and create 205,000 new British jobs.

What about Asia? Where should investors begin looking for circular economy investing opportunities in a region that is rapidly growing and grappling with responsible resource management?   This panel invites the world’s forward-looking investors to discuss their investment approach, successes and challenges of putting their money where the circular economy is.  


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Regula Schegg

Managing Director of Asia, Circulate Capital

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Steve Peters

Senior Energy Specialist, ADB

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Sumi Dhanarajan

Associate Director, APAC, Forum for the Future

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Eric Usher

Head of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

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Nicholas Kolesch

Vice President, Projects, Alliance to End Plastic Waste

4:30 pm

Special address

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Georg Kell

Founding Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact; Chairman, Arabesque; Advisory Board Member, Eco-Business

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4:45 pm

Closing remarks

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Vivek Pathak

Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, IFC | World Bank Group

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5:00 pm

Breakout for networking

Attendees will be split into 4 intimate virtual networking sessions based on the following themes:

  • ESG integration in Asian businesses
  • Tracking ASEAN's financial flows
  • Green finance and regulation
  • Progressing Asia's circular economy

Please note that networking is only applicable to full access attendees.

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5:45 pm

End of event

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