Robeco Sustainability Investing Explore 2019

Robeco Sustainability Investing Explore 2019

Sustainability Investing Seminar 2019
Wednesday, 18 September
Landesmuseum, Zürich

The Robeco Explore Sustainability Investing Seminar will bring together leading academics and investors to discuss a number of key topics in sustainable investing.

Our keynote speaker, Robert Ruttmann, will start the day looking at the dual effect of purpose- driven investments, explaining how investors can have positive impact while at the same time generating better investment returns.

We will then look at how impact can be practically applied to investment portfolios, delving into Robeco and RobecoSAM’s sustainable research, data and investment strategies. In addition, we will focus on how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) can be used to measure and report impact for client portfolios.

The 17 SDGs are a universal call to action to reduce inequalities, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They take the quest for sustainability to the next level by making it tangible and measurable. Investors are taking a growing interest in investments that contribute to the realization of these goals and at the same time offer attractive returns. However, assessing a company’s SDG contribution is complex and presents a number of challenges.

Our research expert will present how these challenges can be handled and will introduce our award- winning SDG framework which forms the basis for measuring impact within our SDG-linked equity and credit investment strategies.

Following the event, we invite you to network with your peers at a standing lunch in the modern part of the Landesmuseum.


08:30 - 09:00 
Welcome Coffee & Registration

09:00 - 09:05 

09:05 - 09:35 
Investing with purpose: reconciling alpha with impact
Robert Ruttmann, Founder of Redesigning Financial Services,
Institute for Customer Insight, University of St. Gallen

09:35 - 10:00 
Defining Impact Investing for listed assets & SDG Framework
Jacob Messina, CFA, MBA, Executive Director,
Head of Sustainability Investing Research, RobecoSAM

10:00 - 10:30 
Coffee break

10:30 - 11:00 
Panel Discussion: Measuring SDG contribution for listed assets
Rainer Baumann, Head of Investments, RobecoSAM
Erik Keller, Client Portfolio Manager, Robeco

11:00 - 11:30 
Cracking the future of food 
Josh Tetrick, CEO & Founder, JUST
JUST Inc., a food tech company disrupting the food industry with plant-based products

11:30 - 11:45 
Q&A / Wrap up

11:45 - 14:00 
Networking Lunch

End of Event

Please note: the program is subject to change, and may be updated up to the conference.

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