Sustainable Finance Week 2022

Monday 19 - Friday 23 September

Sustainable Finance Week 2022


Making Pensions Matter: Investing for good via your pension

The Sustainable Business Initiative of Guernsey Chamber will be supporting Guernsey Sustainable Finance Week with an exploration of our pensions, and why what we invest in via our pension can be a force for good. We will be joined over lunch by a panel of experts to explore what “Investing for good” means, and how you and your workplace pension can respond to increasing investor demand for more sustainable investments.

Monday 19 September, 12:00 - 14:00 BST

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Corporate Governance and Climate Risk


GAT and Guernsey Finance warmly invite members to a special luncheon, where Josephine Bush, Strategic Advisor for Green and Sustainable Finance at Guernsey Finance, will deliver a presentation alongside Alex Cooper, Corporate/Finance and Climate Change Lawyer at the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative. GROW Director Mike Tidd and General Manager Jess Aughton, will also feature, informing members of GROW's exciting future plans and the opportunities for trustees.

Monday 19 September, 12:30 - 14:00 BST

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21st Century Fiduciary Duty

Seven years since the publication of the UN’s first Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century report. Four years since the publication of its final report. One year since Guernsey Finance’s local review. Assessing progress; where we have come from and where should we be going? Following the presentation of the International Sustainability Institute Channel Islands' latest report on the issue, Ocorian’s fringe event will explore approaches for embedding the concept in industry practice and the route to the private wealth sector positively influencing capital stewardship. Followed by drinks.

Monday 19 September, 17:30 - 18:00 BST

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Powering the Future: Transition to Net Zero

Join the team to learn about our islands journey towards net zero carbon. Where our energy comes from and how we use it will play a leading role in achieving net zero. The Power Station has evolved over the decades to meet Guernsey’s changing requirements for power. We use a mix of imported low carbon energy from Europe, on island renewables and the power station provides a back-up and top-up role. There’ll be a short introductory presentation followed by a tour of the site, followed by an opportunity to talk with the team of industry professionals about net zero and the energy transition whilst networking.

Monday 19 September, 18:00 - 19:30 BST

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Sustainable talent development

A lack of expertise and capacity is a challenge for firms looking to implement and service sustainable finance. Join members of the Education Sub-Committee of the Green Strategy Group together with experts in this field for an interesting and interactive discussion on the current talent outlook in respect of sustainability. We will discuss the challenges faced by firms and individuals wishing to upskill, discuss how the sub-committee can facilitate education acceleration and provide details on current educational programmes.

Tuesday 20 September, 10:00 - 11:00 BST

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Insights into Sustainable Investing: Structuring, Investor Expectations and Allocations

How can private clients structure to invest into sustainable finance? What are investors expecting to achieve from their investments? How do fund managers allocate into sustainable assets and measure impact? This panel discussion will delve into sustainable investing from both sides – from the perspective of the investor and the perspective of the fund manager.

Tuesday 20 September, 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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Financing a nature-positive future

Join PwC's experts to take a deeper dive into the emerging Task Force for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures framework, and hear some practical examples of how to strengthen your integration of nature-based risks and opportunities into your organisational governance and investment decision-making. Why and how are nature-based solutions critical for solving the climate crisis? What can we apply from best practice in TCFD disclosures to date? Taking place in the Dorey Room at St James, which is only an eight minute walk from the Duke of Richmond Hotel.

Tuesday 20 September, 12:00 - 13:15 BST

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Climate Change: Science, Urgency and Action

Professor Martin Siegert is Co-Director of the Grantham Institute. Previously, he was Director of the Bristol Glaciology Centre at Bristol University, where he is now a visiting Professor, and Head of the School of GeoSciences at Edinburgh University, where he now holds an Honorary Professorship. He led the Lake Ellsworth Consortium - a UK-NERC funded programme that designed an experiment to explore a large subglacial lake beneath the ice of West Antarctica. He has undertaken three Antarctic field seasons, using geophysics to measure the subglacial landscape and to understand what it tells us about past changes in Antarctica and elsewhere. He will be talking about his research in Antarctica, what it tells us about climate change and what actions society should be taking.

Tuesday 20 September, 19:00 - 20:00 BST

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Responsible investing for insurers

Guernsey International Insurance Association will be hosting a panel session on responsible investing for insurers. The panel will feature local sustainability and investment practitioners Ian Corder, Jennifer Strachan and Samantha Dovey and be moderated by Adele Gale. The panel will discuss how impactful insurers can be when considering responsible investing, the next phase of the GIIA ESG Framework and practical guidance on what to do. They will also consider the unintended consequences of ESG portfolios, including support for big tech over making a difference, the merits of engagement over divestment and the energy transition and greenwashing. A light breakfast will be offered.

Wednesday 21 September, 08:15 - 09:30 BST

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Unintended consequences – the impact of sustainable regulations on fund managers with GIFA Academy

The knock-on effect of sustainability regulations such as SFDR for the funds industry, with a particular focus on the impacts for smaller fund managers. The panel will discuss whether regulations such as SFDR will become a hygiene factor, as well as how you can disclose on these regulations and avoid greenwashing.

Wednesday 21 September, 08:30 - 09:30 BST

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Changing Times: Meet the client demand for philanthropy and investment advice

The shifting values of next generation investors are diving a greater need for a new kind of wealth management. They want more and better philanthropy advice and guidance from their advisors (private client advisors, wealth management, private banking, financial advisors, tax and legal sectors) – but the professional advice community receives low ratings for this aspect of their services (average 5.9 out of 10). This training course focuses on what a 10 out of 10 rating should look like and prepares you to deliver this new and important part of your services.

Wednesday 21 September, 08:00 - 11:00 BST

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Eating your own (ESG) dogfood

Since the launch of IQ-EQ Compass, IQ-EQ’s integrated ESG service, we have helped many of our clients with their ESG goals and needs, and have been a customer of our own offering as well. In this session we will explore what we are seeing in the market through helping our clients and, as a case study, how some of those challenges are being addressed by IQ-EQ as an organisation.

Wednesday 21 September, 11:00 - 12:00 BST

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Climate Risk and ESG Reporting:  what’s needed, what’s nice and what’s just plain flotsam and jetsam

With the tsunami of ESG driven marketing and social media over the last few years, it’s become nigh impossible for local firms and boards to get to grips what’s necessary and valuable when it comes climate risk, sustainability and ESG reporting. This session will outline the approach of the implied temperature rise of assets and how this aligns with global TCFD requirements. It will also provide a frank exposition of regulatory requirements for Guernsey fiduciaries’, funds’ and captives’ Boards ahead of the first deadline for conforming with the new GFSC Code of Code Governance requirements. Founded by Dr Andy Sloan, Netherite & Grunweldt Advisory provides comprehensive climate risk and ESG advisory and regulatory reporting solutions to Guernsey and Jersey based financial institutions.

Wednesday 21 September, 12:00 - 13:00 BST

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The Great Climate Change Debate: An Island schools' event

Post 16 students from schools across the islands will be debating aspects of mitigating climate change on the island. Fundamental to the Bailiwicks response will be the cost of mitigation versus the behavioural change. We may have to force change by taxes and legislation rather than relying on voluntary public behavioural change. We all agree we must do something, but what and how?

Wednesday 21 September, 16:30 - 18:00 BST

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Pressure is mounting: Can alternative investment funds accelerate the transition to net zero?

COP26 underlined the investment gap in climate initiatives and highlighted that funds have an important role to play in the transition to net zero. Join us for a networking breakfast and hear the findings from our research report in to how alternative investment funds (AIFs) are adapting their operations to align with global climate commitments, specifically the introduction of science-based targets (SBTs) and the barriers and opportunities facing funds when setting and incorporating these targets. Read the full report here.

Thursday 22 September, 08:30 - 10:00 BST

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Introduction to Green and Sustainable Finance

This half day course with tutor Christopher Jehan aims to provide an introduction and overview of Green and Sustainable Finance within the Guernsey financial services arena. Delegates will explore the principles and strategy behind Green and Sustainable Finance in Guernsey and the regulatory and industry initiatives being explored in the jurisdiction to enable Guernsey to be a leader in this area. These initiatives include those in the insurance, investment, fiduciary and banking sectors. On completion of this training delegates will feel confident that they are up to speed with the history and development of this important area for Guernsey and have a broad overview of the relevant sectors in this constantly developing area.

Thursday 22 September, 09:30 - 13:00 BST

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The unsustainable cost of the EU’s sustainable finance regulations

ISICI estimates demonstrate that the EU’s regulatory approach to sustainable finance will cost the industry €20bn per annum, some €1.5trn in the run up to 2050. Capital better deployed fighting climate change. Our view is that streamlining of global regulatory reporting to fewer variables is more effective and the route to reduced bureaucracy and cost. The session will present the economic case in favour of a streamlined regulatory approach based on TCFD to help increasing the flow of capital to climate mitigation. Sustainability takes many forms. The International Sustainability Institute Channel Islands (‘ISICI’) was established to further the development of research and thought in the areas of fiscal, environmental, and financial sustainability. Through research and advisory services, it advocates a practical and pragmatic approach to sustainability.

Thursday 22 September, 10:00 - 11:00 BST

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Maximising ESG/impact investment client satisfaction - addressing suitability issues

The trend towards ESG/impact investment is placing suitability issues at the heart of professional advisor/client conversations as seen with the recent FCA Consumer Duty regulations. Are you equipped to talk to your clients about their values, motivations, ambitions and goals - capturing their ESG/impact investing preferences? This training course will allow you to develop your skills, putting you in a better position to fulfil your clients’ needs; whilst also empowering you to meet the growing client need amongst Millennials, Women of Wealth and Gen Z, to discuss their values and motivations.

Thursday 22 September, 10:00 - 13:00 BST

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Using Partnerships to Deliver Climate Change Goals

Business leaders across the world are incorporating sustainable development goals into their business agenda but many are struggling to make an impact on the goals without specialist knowledge, appropriate financing and human capital. Goal 17 considers how crucial partnerships are to deliver against the goals. Promoting partnerships as a mechanism for impact on the UN SDGs. This breakfast briefing by the IoD Guernsey branch will explore how partnering can work in theory and how it has worked in practice. From using public and private partnerships to deliver climate transition technology which can be funded to a partnership of corporate resources and third sector expertise.

Friday 23 September, 07:45 - 09:00 BST

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Plastic is Fantastic: People are the Problem - why we need to stop building houses without toilets

As global population increases and individual wealth grows, the potential for damage to our planet intensifies. Yet our desire for progress and excitement for anything new seems to trump considered plans to deal with it. Business leaders are taught to address issues only when the potential fallout becomes a problem. We assume technology and government intervention will come to the rescue, forgetting how greed and opportunism distorts our view. We forget the power of marketing to greenwash. This session will explore the power and importance of individual action and responsibility, and applying careful and considered thought to everything we do in a fast-changing world. Taking place at the Chamber of Commerce offices in Market Square.

Friday 23 September, 12:15 - 13:30 BST

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Inside track: How the regulatory-setting landscape is evolving

Deloitte is actively influencing the regulatory standard-setting landscape and industry approach to climate risk management. We will share the latest respective insights on regulatory requirements, the board’s responsibilities, transitioning roadmaps and green/ESG-linked loans. This session will also highlight the benefits of accelerating organisational change to support the sustainability and climate agenda, and the need for transparent and authentic action to protect people, the planet and economic prosperity for the future. Taking place at Deloitte.

Friday 23 September, 16:00 - 17:00 BST

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