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Mandy Barker, Photographer of Marine Plastic
Frank Elderson, Executive Director, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)
The GlobalCapital Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Forum took place on Tuesday 4 September at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. Welcoming over 200 issuers, investors, and financial intermediaries, the one-day conference analysed and debated the big questions and developments in sustainable finance. GlobalCapital ended the day by announcing the winners of its Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards 2018 during the conference cocktail reception.
There are many key takeaways from the conference this year. Listed below are a few key themes to note from the day’s discussions.
Mandy Barker, the internationally recognised photographer of marine plastic and our first keynote speaker of the day, referred to the ‘plastic footprint’ – a new term for many and a way of encapsulating that everyone uses plastic, creates plastic waste and, just like carbon, needs to cut down their consumption.
Imagination and engagement were two other themes brought home forcefully by Barker’s keynote address. Plastic has been in the ocean for years, but people have been ignoring it, even though they know if they think about it, that it is there and is a problem. Barker has imaginatively engaged with the issue, found a way to make it speak to people, and pushed this problem into people’s attention, engaging their interest and sometimes their action. Her communication has helped make an ignored issue into a live one.
Morality emerged strongly as a theme at the conference – in different words and different voices, a variety of speakers reaffirmed the conviction that morality does have a role to play in financial markets.
That connects with the idea of impact, a word that is increasingly being heard in the whole discussion of responsible investing. We will have to think harder about what it means – how we define impact, how we define adequate impact, and what relationship impact bears to the other attributes of investing – risk and reward.
Another crucial issue is data – repeatedly we heard during the conference about the need for information – both pleas for more information but also, sometimes, for less, or at least for it to be clearer, less duplicated, more simply presented, and in harmonised frameworks. This is going to be a hugely important challenge for the market.
But it’s also very important not to let lack of precise information be an excuse for inaction. We heard especially from some of the investors just how active, and proactive, you can be, and how much you can achieve, even in the absence of precise information.
Euromoney would like to thank all of our sponsors, speakers and delegates, without whom the event would not be possible. We look forward to the seventh Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Forum in 2019, and to seeing you all there.
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Awards and Poll
GlobalCapital announced the winners of its Sustainable and Responsible Capital Markets Awards 2018 at our Forum in Amsterdam on the evening of 4 September.
This year’s two sovereign debut green finance issues, from Indonesia and Belgium, won Deals of the Year in their regions, and there were double laurels for Danone, in both the bond and loan markets.
For the full list of winners and their accolades, please visit GlobalCapital's article here.