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ESG Series with SPOTT – Sustainable Finance and Tropical Forestry
Sustainable finance is crucial to help address issues such as climate change, deforestation or human rights violations and rise to the challenge of the SDGs. With the growth of ESG products and with taxonomic and labelling efforts on the rise, the financial sector must deepen the integration of basic ESG information and broaden the set of sectors that are considered through an ESG lens. Tropical timber and pulp products are everywhere and their production carries ESG risks, but the tropical forestry sector and its supply chains have been under-scrutinized.

To support informed analysis and meaningful dialogue between financial institutions and tropical forestry sector companies, CFA Institute, several CFA Societies in APAC and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) are holding a series of three webinars to discuss how financial sector practitioners are integrating ESG information. We hope to promote a better understanding of the forestry sector’s ESG risk profile and improved disclosures for quality interactions between practitioners and forestry companies on ESG issues.

Please join our first webinar with details as follow:

Topic: The case for using an ESG lens in sustainable finance and tropical forestry
Date: 27 January 2021
Time: 18:00–19:00 SGT/HKT (GMT +8)
Professional learning credit: 1 (CFA members please login to your PL tracker to record PL credit)

During the session, speakers will illustrate different financial institutions’ approaches to non-financial information and ESG issues when considering the (tropical) forestry sector and its supply chains.

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Jan 27, 2021 06:00 PM in Hong Kong SAR

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Adam Black
Head of ESG & Sustainability @Coller Capital
Adam has had a career as an ESG and sustainability specialist for over 28 years (the past 12 years employed within alternative finance). He has direct experience of private equity buy outs, real estate and venture, and secondaries investing (of all types), as well as fund-of-funds, private credit and impact funds, Sharia’h compliance and green bonds. Adam holds a BSc (Honours) Environmental Science, MA Environmental Law and a higher degree in Occupational Health and Safety. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (FIEMA), Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), and Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (CMIOSH). He is also a member of the BSI (British Standards Institution) Committee for Environmental and Sustainable Finance. Adam has developed and implemented risk mitigation and value creation impact strategies across most industry sectors in over 60 countries worldwide.
Alan Lok, CFA, FRM
Director, Ethics Education & Professional Standards, Asia Pacific @CFA Institute
Alan Lok is responsible for engaging the growing CFA Institute member societies in Asia Pacific in advocacy work. In his role, Mr Lok works with member societies to advance awareness and adoption of CFA Institute ethics and standards, as well policy positions on financial market integrity issues. This involves outreach to local stakeholders, including the industry, financial regulator, and the public across the APAC markets. Alan also managed thought leadership research projects carried out by societies leaders as well as facilitating their advocacy activities on the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX) post publication. Alan joined CFA Institute in February 2014 as the Director of Capital Markets Policy in the Standards & Advocacy Division (APAC) before moving to the role of Director, Society Advocacy Engagement (APAC) in January 2017. In that role, Alan has built up great relationships with society leaders and volunteers in the APAC region.
Paul Milon
ESG Specialist, Asia Pacific @BNP Paribas Asset Management
Paul Milon joined BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) in January 2008 and has more than twelve years of experience in the asset management industry. In his current position, he is the representative for BNPP AM’s sustainable investment capabilities across Asia Pacific, leading and coordinating sustainability initiatives across the region. Paul works closely with Asian investment team to better integrate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria in investment decisions, including through engagement with portfolio companies. He is involved in a number of regulatory and industry groups working on key issues relating to sustainable finance and investment in the region. Paul is the co-chair of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) Engagement & Policy working group. Prior to that, Paul held various positions within BNP Paribas Asset Management in Hong Kong and Paris.