Sustainable Finance: How to implement your climate commitments
Date: 23rd September
1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern US
Sustainability has become more relevant, it is moving from a philanthropic topic to being included in business strategies and activities. The rising number of sustainability initiatives is a testament of its relevance. Exactly one year ago during Climate Week NYC, 132 banks became the first signatories of the Principles for responsible banking (PRB) initiative and many financial institutions have signed up to TCFD, but where do they stand now? Are they walking the talk? What does it mean and how do you start to implement climate commitments?'
Join our speakers who will share their practical experiences about implementing climate strategies within a financial institution. We'll discuss the steps they took to get started, as well as the roadblocks they encountered and how they overcame them. Additionally, we will address transparency, how to move towards long term goals, and how to build your strategy on climate science and much more.
Rebecca Self, Director Sustainable Finance, South Pole
Rebecca leads the Sustainable Finance practice at South Pole, which provides clients in the financial sector with environmental data-led advice to facilitate their climate disclosures, impact analysis and risk screening. The practice also supports work on the EU action plan on Sustainable Finance. Rebecca has approximately 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry, her last role was CFO of Sustainable Finance at HSBC. She studied for a Masters at the University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Ivan Frishberg, Director of Impact Policy, Amalgamated Bank
Ivan Frishberg is the Director of Impact Policy for Amalgamated Bank. Ivan leads Amalgamated Bank's impact including Amalgamated Bank's carbon and climate commitments, innovative approaches to measurement of the bank's social and environmental impact, and engagement initiatives on behalf of shareholders and Amalgamated Bank's clients. Ivan is the Chair of the PCAF North America, serves on the Global Steering Committee for PCAF Global, and is the Co-Chair of a UNEP FI working group on target setting for the Collective Commitment for Climate Action.
Ivan has more than 25 years of public interest advocacy, organizing and policy experience. Previously he was Senior Advisor and Climate Change Campaign Manager for Organizing For Action, a senior advisor to the Climate Action Campaign. He serves on the board of directors for DC Water, the public water and sewer utility for Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Livingstone, Sustainable Finance, HSBC
In this role Jennifer is responsible for the bank's external disclosures on ESG (environmental, social, governance). This includes the development of the bank's annual ESG Update, ESG investor relations activity, and integrating ESG into the business strategy and reporting.
Jennifer has 10 years of industry experience, having worked in Finance and business roles in United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. Her prior experience is in Business Managent, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Internal Audit.
Jennifer is a Certified Management Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University in Canada, and a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.
Neha Mukhi, Senior Climate Change Specialist, World Bank
Neha Mukhi is a Senior Climate Change Specialist at the World Bank. She led the World Bank initiative on the World Bank Outlook 2050, a multisectoral effort that identifies key economy-wide actions to achieve decarbonization and development goals. She is now building Bank engagement to support countries on long-term decarbonization strategies. She has led initiatives on mainstreaming climate change at the WB. Neha has worked on climate-friendly investments and strategies in Latin America and Caribbean, East Asia and South Asia. Neha has an M.S. in Energy and Climate Policy from Harvard University and B.Engg. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.