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Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC
Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey, Founder 30% Club

We were delighted to convene this event to discuss the parallels between our respective efforts on climate change and gender equality, and to explore how to create a ‘compounding effect’ in reprioritising climate change-related issues on the corporate agenda.

The focus then moved to explore ways of working collaboratively and practically to manage the investment implications of global warming beyond the energy sector.

Content from the day can be viewed below.

One change leading to another

Helena Morrissey interviews Christiana Figueres, Estelle Brachlianoff, Julia Dawson, Tony Hayward and Rachel Kyte

From two degrees of change to two per cent more growth: how diversity and clean energy investment can drive productivity for future economies

Keynote speaker: Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive, Legal and General

Different perspectives of the climate change impact on investments

Panel discussion moderated by Sandra Carlisle, Head of Responsible Investment, Newton
Jane Ambachtsheer, Partner and Chair of Global Responsible Investment Business, Mercer
Kevin Bourne, Managing Director, FTSE Russell
Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
Curtis Ravenel, Global Head, Sustainable Business and Finance Group, Bloomberg LP
Mark Thompson, Chief Investment Officer, HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited

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Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey

A Cambridge philosophy graduate, Helena began her career with Schroders in New York. Helena joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed-income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. In June 2014 Helena was appointed Chair of The Investment Association, the UK’s industry trade body whose members manage £5 trillion. Helena has been appointed by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board. Read more...

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, and was reappointed for a second three year term in July 2013.

Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995. Initially a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team, she was also a member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, and Vice President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties in 2008-2009. Read more...

Estelle Brachlianoff

Estelle Brachlianoff

Estelle Brachlianoff leads Veolia’s combined water, waste and energy business in the UK & Ireland. She was appointed to this role in July 2012 and also sits on the Veolia Executive Committee.

Estelle joined the Veolia group in 2005 as Special Advisor to the CEO of Waste Management. Prior to her current position, she was in charge of Waste Management in the Greater Paris area and also the Facility Management and Cleaning Services branch. Read more...

Julia Dawson

Julia Dawson

Julia is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Equities division, based in London. She is responsible for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Thematic research. Ms. Dawson joined Credit Suisse in April 2014 through the Real Returns program. Previously, she was Head of International Equity Sales at Alfa Bank (Russia) between 2008 and 2010. Prior to that, she worked at Deutsche Bank for six years where she was a Managing Director and Head of Emerging European equity sales. She began her career at Barings Securities in equity research and was Head of Russian Research from 1994 to 1999.

Ms. Dawson holds a B.Sc. (Econ) degree in Economics and Russian Studies from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

Tony Hayward

Tony Hayward

Tony Hayward is Chairman of Glencore plc and Genel Energy plc. He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 2007 to 2010 having previously served as Group Treasurer and Chief Executive of Exploration and Production.

He studied geology at Aston University in Birmingham and completed a PhD at Edinburgh University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Aston University, the University of Birmingham and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University. Read more...

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All. A leading advocate for sustainable development and recipient of many awards, she drives SE4All’s work to mobilize action towards its 2030 goals on universal energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. As SRSG, she is the UN point person for the new global goal on sustainable energy. Her previous roles have included World Bank Group Special Envoy for Climate Change and World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. She is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tuft’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Nigel Wilson

Nigel Wilson

Nigel was appointed Group Chief Executive of Legal and General in 2012 having joined as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009.

Nigel was Senior Independent Director (SID) of The Capita Group plc from 2009 till 2012, and was SID/Chairman of Halfords Group Plc from 2006 till 2011. Read more...

Jane Ambachtsheer

Jane Ambachtsheer

Jane Ambachtsheer is a Partner and Chair of Mercer’s Global Responsible Investment Business, which she established in 2004. Alongside working with investors in Europe and North America, Jane is responsible for overseeing the group’s strategy and developing intellectual capital across a range of topics – including climate change. Jane is a Trustee of CDP, a member of the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and a member of the PRI Academic Working Group. Read more...

Kevin Bourne

Kevin Bourne

Kevin joined FTSE Russell in May 2012 and is Managing Director within the Information Services Division of the London Stock Exchange Group & is a member of the FTSE Russell Exco.

He leads Database Services, a new product group focused on delivering a quantitative & structural data platform that contains innovative IP enriched data models that capture macro change. These models have an emphasis on rapidly emerging industrial cycles & their associated market signals such as the transition to a Low Carbon or Green Economy.

Sandra Carlisle

Sandra Carlisle

Sandra is Head of Responsible Investment at Newton. Sandra manages the team which ensures the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into Newton’s fundamental research process.

Prior to joining Newton, Sandra was a director at F&C Investments. Sandra built the sustainability and climate change practice at Brunswick Group and she set up and ran the climate change and thematic sustainability investment team within global markets and banking at Citi. Read more...

Nancy Pfund

Nancy Pfund

Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners (formerly Investors), a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement, and Ms. Pfund writes and speaks frequently on this topic. Read more...

Curtis Ravenel

Curtis Ravenel

As Global Head of Sustainable Business & Finance, Curtis Ravenel leads Bloomberg’s sustainability initiatives – a Chairman’s Office effort and the result of his 2006 Bloomberg Global Leadership Forum proposal. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all firm operations and leverages the Bloomberg Professional Service to evaluate sustainability-related investment risks and opportunities for its 315,000 customers. Read more...

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson is the Chief Investment Officer of the HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited. The Trust is a hybrid scheme with a Defined Benefit Section (approx. £23.4bn FuM) and a Defined Contribution Section (approx. £2.2bn FuM). Read more...

The following articles are suitable for UK investors.

Progressive investing - creating and compounding change

In this article Helena Morrissey explores how parallel efforts in two quite different areas of environmental and social change can compound to even greater effect.

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The investment implications of global warming

The conversation about climate change is evolving fast, and 'business as usual', or 'investment as usual', will no longer suffice. In this paper, we examine the possible implications of climate change for investors and how they might respond to the challenges ahead.

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New Catalyst Study Links More Women Leaders to Greater Corporate Social Responsibility

Empirical studies based on firms across a variety of countries and sectors support the hypothesis that gender diversity on boards and in management teams has a positive influence on corporate social responsibility as evidenced by a study from Catalyst. This content is on a third party website outside of Newton's control. The opinions expressed are those of Catalyst.

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A Focus on Making Money and Making a Difference

The New York Times interviews Nancy Pfund.

Distributed with permission from DBL Investors.

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Taking action on the implications of climate change

The issue of climate change is here to stay. In this paper, we outline the three particular elements of our investment process which we use in seeking to address this multifaceted subject on behalf of our clients.

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The impact of ethical investing

A summary of the findings of the research paper we commissioned from Dr Chendi Zhang of Warwick Business School on 'The impact of ethical investing on returns, volatility and income'.

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What the Paris agreement means for investors

This content has been provided with permission from Mercer. The opinions expressed are those of Mercer.

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Are you aware of your climate change risk exposure?

This content has been provided with permission from Mercer. The opinions expressed are those of Mercer.

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Investing in a time of climate change

In June 2015 Mercer published this paper addressing the key questions for investors about the potential risks and opportunities of climate change.

This content is on a third party website outside of Newton's control. The opinions expressed are those of Mercer.

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Responsible investment

We believe that responsibly managed companies are best placed to achieve sustainable competitive advantage and provide strong long-term investment opportunities.

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Our 2 Degrees of Change event explored how progress in one area can help drive change in another. This short film provides a synopsis of the morning. #2Degrees #Agent4Change