3rd ESG Summit – Webinar Series
Emerging, Energized, ESG in the Asia Pacific
3 & 9 December 2020
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors

The Covid-19 pandemic changed plenty in 2020 and, in the Asia-Pacific region, reinforced the trend of companies and governments to increase their focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. And the related health crisis has become a stress test of the resilience of their ESG preparedness. As individuals and institutions reflect on the scale and the magnitude of the disruption, it is accelerating inevitable and much-needed changes. The adoption of ESG is no longer questioned. Discussion now focuses on ESG integration and materiality, and staying ahead of the curve, especially on climate and social change, given the region’s share of greenhouse gas emissions and level of poverty.

To build the new world that defines the Asia-Pacific region and complete a true picture of sustainability, ESG factors must be integrated into a framework that reflects a genuine understanding of the risks companies face while disclosing those risks in a manner that is honest and quantified. In addition, as ESG gains traction there is going to be a much more involved examination around measurements, setting targets, and achieving them. (As of May 2020, there were US$7.7 trillion of assets under management in Asia-Pacific that supported ESG.)

Herein lies the region’s opportunity of a lifetime. As regulatory engagement on ESG picks up, Covid-19 becomes the point of inflection to rebrand what the Asia-Pacific should be all about in the next decades. As the public and private sectors pivot toward sustainability, ESG should become the catalyst for viable commercial activity over the medium to long term, driving the innovation of tomorrow, producing growth that is equitable, bringing opportunities to a wider array of people, transforming the brand of Asia-Pacific companies to become synonymous with sustainability, and making them ESG champions in the post-Covid-19 global marketplace.

The Asset Events+ is pleased to host a series of webinars as part of the recognition for The Asset Triple A Best ESG Awards. The Asset 3rd ESG Forum on Emerging, Energized, ESG in the Asia Pacific brings together ESG thought leaders to share their insights on the progress of ESG integration in the Asia-Pacific. With Covid-19 still very much a concern across the globe, this is adding urgency to the need for the businesses of tomorrow to accelerate their push towards sustainability.

 
 
 
 
PART 1 – The Day After…
Opening Remarks
Steven Billiet
Steven Billiet
CEO, Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Panelists
Gabriel Wilson-Otto
Gabriel Wilson-Otto
global head of sustainability research
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Mervyn Tang
Mervyn Tang
senior director, global head of ESG research, sustainable finance
Fitch Ratings
Sachi Suzuki
Sachi Suzuki
associate director, engagement
Federated Hermes
Johan Nalliah
Johan Nalliah
first vice-president, structured finance department, Asia
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Jean-Marc Champagne
Jean-Marc Champagne
head of environmental finance & bankable nature solutions Asia
WWF-Hong Kong
Moderator
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu (moderator)
editor-in-chief
The Asset
PART 2 – Risk and Governance
Opening conversation
James Leaton
James Leaton
senior vice president, environmental, social & governance (ESG)
Moody's Investors Service
Keith Mullin
Keith Mullin (moderator)
contributing editor
The Asset
Panelists
Paul Milon
Paul Milon
ESG specialist, Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Hendrik Rosenthal
Hendrik Rosenthal
director - group sustainability
CLP Group
Pamela Mar
Pamela Mar
executive vice president – knowledge and applications, Fung Academy
Fung Group Hong Kong
Mark Uhrynuk
Mark Uhrynuk
partner
Mayer Brown
Grant Pan
Grant Pan
group CFO
Noah Holdings
Moderator
Bayani Cruz
Bayani Cruz (moderator)
managing editor
The Asset
 
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