The Future of Finance

By International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

COUNTRY

Online and Switzerland

Date & time

17 March 2021

1:00pm

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18 March 2021

About this event

Sustainable finance has gained considerable traction in recent years. It has become one of the major megatrends in the financial industry. It is already influencing capital allocations globally, such as commitments from institutional investors to divest from fossil fuel companies and other “sin” sectors; environmental, social, governance (ESG) funds attracting record inflows in 2020; the CEO of the world’s largest asset manager writing a public letter to the business community stressing the potential financial impact of climate risk; and the European Union making moves to regulate the definition of sustainable financial products.

This future-focused event series will feature three one-hour sessions starting at 1:00 PM (CET) and will provide an in-depth look into some of the most important emerging themes that are shaping the transition to sustainable financial markets.

Session 1 on March 16: Sustainable Investing Trends in 2021

Session 2 on March 17: Nature-Based Infrastructure as an Asset Class

Session 3 on March 18: Gender Lens Investing

Our first session will provide the “big picture” and will explore the sustainable investing trends to watch in 2021. This will be followed by two deep-dive sessions on top themes that investors should be aware of due to their growing potential to shape the future of finance. Each session will feature a concise breakdown of the current state of play and then will engage high-level panellists in an interactive discussion of the gaps, opportunities, challenges, and trends.

This event is organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and is part of the Building Bridges Community. Building Bridges is a growing movement of organizations dedicated to advancing a sustainable finance system in Switzerland and across the globe. The initiative recognizes that the scale and complexity of this transition requires “building bridges” between finance, government, and sustainable development communities.

The next Building Bridges Week and Summit will take place November 29-December 2 in Geneva and we are happy that this event is contributing to the conversation in the lead up to that moment.

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