CSR, ESG and SRI Events

Events 2020

- July 23rd: Franz Knecht Speaks at ISO Webinar on Sustainable Finance

On July 23rd 2020 the International Standards Organization (ISO) offers a free webinar "Why Sustainable Finance standards matter".

Franz Knecht, founder & managing partner of CONNEXIS and recently elected 'Convenor' within ISO's Technical Committee 'Sustainable Finance', will speak about the "Approach to future standards development". More Details

You can register for this free ISO webinar here.

Events 2019

- June 13th: 2019 Green Bond Principles & Social Bond Pinciples Conference (Frankfurt, GER)

The Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Green Bond Principles (GBP) and the Social Bond Principles (SBP) is jointly organized by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) in Frankfurt, Germany.

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- April 4th: 11th Annual Global CSR Summit (Sarawak, Malaysia)

The 11th Global CSR Summit & Awards with The Global Good Governance Awards™ has chosen Sarawak, Malaysia as the 2019 event destination.

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- March 5th: 11th Responsible Investment Forum 2019 (New York, NY)

The PRI is co-hosting its third annual US private equity event with PEI. Building on the long-running success of this partnership in Europe, the US forum specifically looks at the perspectives of North American investors and what challenges and opportunities ESG represents to them.

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Events 2018

- December 6th: Impact Investing Summit 2018 (London, UK)

The annual Impact Investing Summit is one of the leading global impact investment events, based in London, UK. It is focused on social impact of investments.

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- November 22nd: Sustainable & ESG Investment Conference (London, UK)

The Sustainable & ESG Investment Conference, organized by the 'Investment Week' returns to London (UK) on Thursday 22nd November at The May Fair Hotel.

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- October 18th: 5th Impact Forum, ESG & Climate Reporting for Pension Funds & Insurances (AT)

With the topic of EU Regulation - ESG & Climate Reporting for Pension Funds and Insurance Companies, the Impact Forum Europe is coming to Salzburg, Austria for the fifth consecutive time.

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Events 2017

- November 29th: VfU Annual Meeting (Frankfurt, Germany)

The German VfU (Association for Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial Institutions) will hold its annual meeting in cooperation with UNEP FI (United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative) in Frankfurt (Germany) on November 29th.

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- October 25th: ISO 14007 Workgroup Meeting (Paris, France)

On October 25th the International Standards Organization will hold its next meeting for the Technical Committee on the new ISO 14007 (Environmental management: Determining environmental costs and benefits). Franz Knecht, founder and managing partner of Connexis AG, is the Convenor for this meeting.

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- October 16th: UNEP FI Regional Roundtable Sustainable Finance (Geneva. Switzerland)

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is partnering with Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) to hold the UNEP FI Regional Roundtable in Europe on 16 – 18 October 2017 in the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG Geneva), Switzerland. In this landmark year of UNEP FI’s 25th anniversary, the Regional Roundtable will provide an opportunity for actors in the sustainable finance community to come together from across Europe to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practice.

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- October 4-5th: Business, Biodiversity & Natural Capital (Frankfurt, Germany)

The EU B@B Platform and the Global Nature Fund (GNF) are joining forces in tackling the challenge for businesses in integrating biodiversity and natural capital. The two conferences under the common motto “Business, biodiversity & natural capital | Ambitions, risks & opportunities” will bring these front-runners and newcomers together with leading scientists, government officials and nature conservation organisations in a unique location in the centre of Europe.

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- September 26th: CSR Asia Summit (Bangkok, Thailand)

The Summit is one of the most important annual events for sustainability leaders in Asia. Join key stakeholders across the region to discuss pressing challenges, emerging trends and explore opportunities in today’s sustainable world. The theme for this year – future proofing sustainable business – will explore how companies are recognizing that there are measureable benefits associated with having a sound sustainability strategy.

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- July 18th: Sustainability Summit (New York, NY)

The 2017 Sustainability Summit (16th Annual) will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to address the most urgent and persistent strategic, operational, and implementation challenges they face in addressing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of their companies. More details

- June 20th: R20 - Austrian World Summit (Vienna, Austria)

The R20 Austrian World Summit is a new annual network platform for green infrastructure projects from regions and cities to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the international climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. The initial conference on June 20, 2017 in Vienna is the kick-off event for this initiative. It is held under the patronage of the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, supported by the Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern together with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his R20 climate action organization.

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- June 7th: Responsible Business Summit Europe 2017 (London, UK)

The end of CSR and the dawn of the Social Purpose Era: Understand how the landscape is changing and the opportunities that are aligning commercial and financial goals with macro societal needs More details

- June 6th: Global Sustain 2nd Responsible Investments Forum (Berlin, Germany)

Trends and Growth Opportunities in Green Finance & Responsible Investing

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Events 2016

- March 9th: Swiss Sustainable Finance Conference (Geneva, Switzerland)

The Swiss Sustainable Finance Foundation holds its annual spring workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. More details

Events 2015

- November 16th: VfU Workshop on Environmental KPIs for Savings Banks (Bonn, Germany)

The German VfU (Verein fuer Umweltmanagement - Association for Environmental Management) offers a workshop around environmental key performance indicators (KPIs) and ecological balanace sheets in the savings bank sector. Through the use of KPIs from the VfU savings banks can comply with key requirements of sustainability reporting and CSR rating agencies in a lean process. More details

- November 11th: UN Conference on Climate Change COP 21 (Paris, France)

The twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) will take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015, in Paris, France. COP 21 is widely regarded as the last chance to agree on a new globally binding protocol to succeed the Kyoto Protocol (expired in 2012) and help keep Global Warming under the 2 degree target. More details

- November 9th: Financing Sustainable Development (Berlin, Germany)

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) & UNEP Inquiry hold a conference on financing sustainable development and the role of governance in greening financial systems. The conference will address central challenges for the financial sector of contributing to the new paradigm of sustainable development as agreed upon by heads of states at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The conference will discuss the progress and challenges in three major areas: (1) How to drive the banking sector towards sustainability considerations? (2) How to mobilise capital markets for investments in sustainable development? (3) How to ensure that foreign direct investments contribute to the greening of existing industries and infrastructure, by introducing new technologies, innovative solutions and management practices? More details

- November 5th: Investor Workshop on Carbon Footprinting (Zurich, Switzerland)

In light of the recent focus on portfolio carbon intensity, Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF), in partnership with IIGCC, offers a closer look at the different carbon foot printing techniques currently available. Four data providers will analyze their carbon footprint of a model portfolio and present their results. More details

- November 4th: 7th Global Social Business Summit (Berlin, Germany)

The Global Social Business Summit (GSBS) is the worldwide leading forum for social business, non-loss, non-dividend companies with a social goal. It serves to spread awareness about social business, foster discussion and collaboration between practitioners and stakeholders, as well as present and conceive best practices. The annual event is organized by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and his Creative Advisor Hans Reitz, and gathers experts from the private sector, civil society, governments and academia for meetings, forums and workshops. More details

- October 29th: UNEP FI / VfU / Deutsche Boerse: Annual Roundtable (Frankfurt, Germany)

This year's annual VfU (Verein fuer Umweltmanagement - Association for Environmental Management) roundtable focuses on the path from materiality analysis and to company strategy. Today many companies already have programs to embrace their societal responsibility and many companies publish sustainability and/or CSR reports. However, only a limited number of companies actually integrated these programs into their core business and their long term strategy. As a consequence this year's roundtable will focus on the transformation of these CSR programs into core strategy components. More details