RAO Global to launch inaugural Responsible Asset Owners symposium

The Responsible Asset Owners Global Symposium is pleased to announce the support of Project Heather for its inaugural conference for institutional asset owners as it reveals the agenda for the one day event.

The Responsible Asset Manager Global Symposium on 8th October in London is the event where leaders of major pension funds such as USS, LPP, HESTA, LGA are convening to discuss what responsible asset management means in the 21st century.

Despite its momentous growth in the last decade, responsible investing and impact investing still face challenges, including the under-supply of assets, lack of unified measurement and management frameworks, and ‘impactwashing’. With trillions of assets under management, asset owners hold the power to implement the system change that is needed to serve global challenges.

The event will explore what defines good stewardship, through the following panels and speeches:

  • Key issues facing the Asset community
  • Risk management and modelling: minimising risk, maximising returns and making smarter decisions
  • Quantifying the investment case: quantitative strategy and data
  • Democratising investment: regulation, pension funds and impact
  • Trends in impact investing
  • Financial opportunities post Brexit
  • Diversity and inclusion in finance
  • Climate change and challenges in the new paradigm

The event has a deeply impressive line-up of speakers that including UKSIF’s Head of Public Policy Ben Nelmes, Knut Kjaer, the Founder of Norges, Advisor to CIC & Board member of ABP,C Suite execs from six major pension funds including David Russell of USS, Chris Hitchens of Border to Coast, Michael O’Higgins of LPP, Denise Le Gal of Brunel PP, Stanislas Pottier of Amundi, Eugene O’Callaghan of Irish SWF ISIF and Amanda Latham of The Pension Regulator.

RAO Global founder AdrienneLawler said “There is a growing demand from retail investors to ensure that their investments are serving positive environmental and social purpose as well as a financial return. RAO Global is for asset managers at the helm of being able to implement the system change that is needed to serve global challenges.”

Project Heather CEO and founder Tomás Carruthers said: “I welcome the opportunity to partner with the Responsible Asset Owners symposium. The attention now focused on responsible and impact investing is long overdue: financial returns can be made while creating positive social and environmental impact, and to assume otherwise is a dereliction of good stewardship.”

Project Heather recently confirmed the support of Scottish Enterprise via a Regional Selective Assistance grant, following a successful fundraising coordinated via AAB advisers. The company will work with leading market operators to provide the market infrastructure for the proposed Exchange, which, subject to regulatory approval from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, is targeting a launch around the end of 2019.

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