Start date: 30/06/2020 11:30

End date: 30/06/2020 12:30

Venue: Webinar

Open for: All

Address: Online

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China and Sustainable Investment for the future: Views from the City of London and Aberdeen Standard Investments

CBBC Event

June 30
We are pleased to invite you to join this CBBC webinar on sustainable investment on Tuesday 30th June delivered with Aberdeen Standard Investments and the City of London.

Awareness of environment, social and governance (ESG) concerns has been a growing global trend among governments and societies more broadly over the past few years. As China's market and stock exchanges have been gradually opening up to overseas parties, Chinese businesses have begun publishing corporate sustainability reports, where they outline their thinking on sustainability, their aspirations to reduce their carbon footprint and the frameworks they have in place to negate ESG-related risks.

However, is this just a box-ticking exercise?
What meaningful actions are businesses taking?
What opportunities are there for UK businesses and institutions in working with Chinese partners to further the sustainability agenda?
Join this webinar to find out what China's ESG evolution means for UK businesses and investors and how it feeds into the COP26 agenda.

11:30 Welcome remarks – Lise Bertelsen, Executive Director, CBBC
11:35 ESG and COP26 - James Brodie, Regional Director, Scotland & Northern Ireland & UK Sector Lead: Energy, CBBC
11:40 China’s ESG Evolution - David Smith, Head of Corporate Governance, Asian Equities, Aberdeen Standard
11:55 Panel Discussion with:
·       David Smith, Head Of Corporate Governance, Aberdeen Standard
·       Simon Horner, Innovation Director, City of London
·       Bill Hartnett, ESG Stewardship Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Moderator: Lise Bertelsen, Executive Director, CBBC
12:15 Q&A from audience
12:30 End

About the speakers

James Brodie, Regional Director, Scotland & Northern Ireland & UK Sector Lead: Energy, CBBC

A fluent speaker of Mandarin, James returned from working in China in July 2012 where he had held positions in a variety of sectors, ranging from contemporary art, through to education and latterly petrochemicals. James lived in Beijing from 2006-2012 but has travelled extensively on business throughout China, serving as an interpreter and cultural adviser to foreign companies, a role he has also performed for Chinese companies ‘going global’. In addition to his regional role, James oversees CBBC’s energy sector activity in the UK, regularly hosting and accompanying delegations in renewables and oil and gas. James has a BA (Hons) in Chinese Studies from the University of Sheffield. James is located in Edinburgh.

David Smith, Head Of Corporate Governance, Aberdeen Standard

David Smith is Head of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen Standard Investments, based in Singapore. His main responsibility is to lead engagement with members of the board and management of Aberdeen Standard Investments investee companies in Asia. In this role he also spearheads ASI’s public advocacy on ESG issues. He represents the company at the Asian Corporate Governance Association and leading international organisation dedicated to improving corporate best practice. He has appeared frequently at regional conferences, industry round tables and has written for various Asian newspapers and professional publications. Day-to-day David is an integral member of the regional equity ream and works closely with our Head of Stewardship in the UK. Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management in 2011 he worked for ISS as Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Research. David is a CFA charterholder and gained a PhD in Corporate Governance and an MA in Corporate Strategy and Governance from the University of Nottingham in the UK. He graduated with a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Wales.

Simon Horner, Innovation Director, City of London

Simon is Director of Innovation at the City of London Corporation, focusing on sustainability and technology. Prior to that he has worked in financial services policy for 12 years, spanning consultancy, trade associations, think tanks and politics.

Bill Hartnett, ESG Stewardship Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments 

Bill Hartnett is ESG Stewardship Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments where he is responsible for leading and developing Aberdeen Standard Investment’s ESG integration and stewardship initiatives globally. This involves a direct company engagement and voting program as well as collaborating on ESG issues across the firm’s entire global investment platform. Bill joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in April 2019 from leading Australian superannuation fund, Local Government Super, where he was Head of Responsible investment from 2010. Prior to that, between 2005 and 2010, Bill was Managing Director Asia Pacific for pioneer ESG research firm, Innovest (acquired by MSCI ESG Research). Prior to that, Bill worked at Australian financial services and banking companies, Challenger Ltd and Westpac Bank in various analytical, product and marketing roles, including specific involvement in ESG and responsible investment since 1999.