Providing the latest sustainable finance insights to the insurance and banking sectors, the increasing importance of the biodiversity agenda and what next for Irish corporates and their Net Zero Climate ambitions.
9:30 - 10:45AM
Moyagh Murdock, Butch Bacani, Geoff Summerhayes, Stephen Nolan, Reto Schnarwiler.
From Global to Local: Raising the Sustainability Ambition of the Insurance Industry
Welcome: Stephen Nolan, Co-Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry & Head of Secretariat, UNEP Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF)
Keynote: How the UN’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance is shaping the sustainability agenda for the global insurance industry,
Butch Bacani, Programme Leader, UNEP Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative Industry leader
Geoff Summerhayes, Executive Board Member, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority / Chair, UNEP Inquiry convened Sustainable Insurance Forum / Executive Committee Member & Sustainability Champion, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS).
Moyagh Murdock, CEO Insurance Ireland.
Reto Schnarwiler, Head of Group Sustainability, Swiss Re (Switzerland)
Moderator: Butch Bacani, Programme Leader, UNEP Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative Industry leader
Close: Moyagh Murdock, CEO Insurance Ireland
Delivered by the UNEP Finance Initiative Principles for Sustainable Insurance in association with Insurance Ireland, SIF Ireland and Sustainable Finance Skillnet.
11:00am - 12:30pm
Paul Dickinson (CDP), Murray Birt (DWS), Shane O'Reilly, Juan Aguiriano, Brian O'Kennedy, Sarah Dempsey
CDP Ireland Network Corporate Conference Climate Finance Week - Irish companies accelerate their Net Zero Climate Ambitions
CDP Ireland Network is hosting this virtual event to highlight the increasing commitment and ambition of Irish companies towards a Net Zero carbon economy.
Despite the challenges of Covid-19, the numbers of Irish companies committing to reporting their emissions to CDP and setting meaningful globally recognised targets has accelerated rapidly.
This webinar will include both the investor and business perspectives from global and local climate leaders on these targets, addressing some of the key challenges as well as benefits of committing to Science Based targets, and aligning strategy with global best practice frameworks for climate risk and opportunity assessment such as TCFD.
Introduction: Shane O’Reilly, Chair CDP Ireland Network and KPMG.
Paul Dickinson, Executive Chair, CDP.
Murray Birt, Senior ESG Strategist, DWS.
Juan Aguiriano, Group Head of Sustainability, Technology Ventures at Kerry Group
Moderator: Sarah Dempsey, Head of Sustainability Communications & Partnerships in AIB Group plc
Close: Brian O’Kennedy CEO, Clearstream Solutions
This event is kindly sponsored by Kerry Group and ESB.
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Unlocking financing for biodiversity by private investors
This panel session will discuss key priorities and opportunities to mobilise the financial sector in support of biodiversity action. It will explore outstanding issues with assessing and managing biodiversity impacts, dependencies and risks for the financial sector.
Keynote address by:
Simon Zadek, Chair, Finance for Biodiversity Initiative; Co-Chair Technical Expert Group exploring the establishment of a Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD); and Sherpa, UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs.
Gautier Queru, Co-Head of Natural Capital and Biodiversity Network, Mirova.
Gwen Yu, Head of Engagement Transformation, BNP Paribas and Principal, Informal Working Groupon the Task Force for Nature -related Climate Disclosures.
Stephen Kinsella, Associate Professor in Economics, University of Limerick
Moderator: Marcos Mancini, Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance, UNDP Finance Sector Hub
Delivered by the UNDP Finance Sector Hub and the TNFD Informal Working Group Secretariat in association with the Irish Forum on Natural Capital, SIF Ireland, the Natural Capital Forum and the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Brian Hayes, Eric Usher, Caroline Tully, Floske Husse, Anders Langworth, Stephen Nolan
Banking for the sustainable Development Goals: Principles for Responsible Banking ( PRB) 1 year on
Welcome Address by Brian Hayes CEO Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland
Keynote by Eric Usher, CEO UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative
Panel Response by:
Caroline Tully, Head of ESG Reporting and Ratings, AIB Group.
Floske Kusse, Stakeholder Engagement Lead, ING Global Sustainability
Anders Langworth, Head of Group Sustainable Finance, Nordea
Stephen Nolan, Managing Director, UN convened Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S)
This panel discussion will focus on how Signatory Banks in Europe and Ireland have implemented the Principles for Responsible Banking and applied them since their launch exactly one year ago. The discussion will focus on what progress these banks have made in changing the way they work and helping to achieve society’s most important sustainability objectives.
Delivered by the UN EP Finance Initiative PRB Secretariat in association with the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland, Sustainable Nation Ireland the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.
4:00pm - 4:25pm
Kate Gordon, OPR Director & Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
A view from California, perspectives on the transition from the West Coast.
Butch Bacani, Programme Leader, UN EP Finance Initiative Principles for Sustainable Insurance
Butch Bacani leads UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI), the largest collaboration between the UN and the insurance industry. Endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and insurance industry CEOs, the PSI is a global framework and initiative for the industry to address sustainability issues—as risk managers, insurers and investors—and to build resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities and economies. Butch leads activities supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Financial Stability Board’s climate risk disclosure recommendations (TCFD). These include a global initiative to develop “Insurance Sustainable Development Goals”, the largest gathering of insurers to pilot the TCFD recommendations, and working with the California Insurance Commissioner to develop the world’s first sustainable insurance roadmap. He co-led the development of the first global sustainability guide for the insurance business, led the creation of the Insurance Industry Development Goals for Cities, forged the PSI’s partnership with the world’s inclusive insurance community, and co-led the creation of UNEP’s Sustainable Insurance Forum for supervisors and regulators. Butch is involved in the InsuResilience Global Partnership, Vulnerable 20 Group of Finance Ministers, California Climate Insurance Working Group, Insurance Development Forum, and Microinsurance Network. In 2020, he was included in InsuranceERM’s inaugural list of the most influential people leading and shaping the insurance industry’s response to climate change.
Gautier Queru, Co-head of Natural Capital & Biodiversity network Mirova
Gautier Quéru is the Director of the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund, an innovative fund co- promoted by Mirova, the responsible investment management company of Natixis, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. The LDN Fund is dedicated to long term investments in sustainable land management and natural capital projects worldwide. Gautier has piloted the overall natural capital business development and is in charge of the fund management. He also acts as focal point with the United Nations and other stakeholders. Gautier joined Natixis group in 2004 when the European Carbon Fund (ECF), a €140 million fund dedicated to projects to reduce CO2 emissions and international carbon markets, was launched. From 2004 to 2013, Gautier acted successively as investment manager, portfolio manager and fund director of ECF. Between 2013 and 2016, Gautier was Investment Director within the renewable energy fund division of Mirova. Prior to joining Natixis group, Gautier started his career at the French Ministry of Economy, in the Energy division. Gautier is an engineer specialised in environment and energy from National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse and is also a graduate of Sciences Po Paris.
Moyagh Murdock, CEO Insurance Ireland
Moyagh is the CEO of Insurance Ireland and prior to this she had been in the transport sector for over 20 years in various capacities. In her early career she spent 10 years in the airline industry having worked first in Bombardier in Belfast as an aircraft systems engineer and subsequently at TEAM Aer Lingus. She spent 8 years with TEAM as Manager Demand Management and as International Line Maintenance Manager. She then moved into the heavy plant, construction and marine industry working for the Caterpillar dealership in Ireland as Group Product and Customer Support manager for 7 years. Her most recent role was as Chief Operating Officer for Bus Éireann after having joined the Company in 2007 as the Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer with responsibility for the fleet maintenance and garage operations. As Chief Operating Officer, she had responsibility for Road Passenger Operations, Schools Transport as well as the Information Technology and Business Systems for the Company. Moyagh comes from Newry and graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering. In 2012 she was awarded an MBA from Dublin City University (DCU) and also holds a Certificate of Professional Competence in Road Transport Operations Management.
Murray Birt, Senior ESG Strategist, DWS
Murray joined DWS in 2015 to undertake ESG thematic research and support the company’s responsible investment strategy. Prior to his current role, Murray worked at a Group level in Deutsche Bank, supporting senior management leadership in the area of climate finance and implementing the Bank’s climate change business strategy. He previously worked with companies to develop consensus policy positions, published papers and lobbied UK and European governments on energy and climate change policies at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Murray began his career in consulting, policy research and program support for energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon markets in Alberta, Canada.
He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and a M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford. He also holds the UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Paul Dickinson, Executive Chair, CDP
Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. CDP represents over 650 investors with assets of over $80 trillion, and it uses this authority combined with the buying power of over 110 large corporations with annual purchases of over $2.5 trillion, to persuade over 7,000 large companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions as well as strategy on climate change, water use and the drivers of deforestation. In addition, over 600 large cities and 100 states and regions with aggregate over 1 billion inhabitants report annually on their environmental performance through CDP, which is a charitable organisation operating in 80 counties from nine offices around the world. Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant making Friends Provident Foundation. He is a co-presenter of the podcast: ‘Outrage and Optimism’ with Christiana Figueres and Tom Carnac.
Simon Zadek, Chair, Finance for Biodiversity Initiative disclosures TNFD and Sherpa, UN Secretary Generals Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs
Co-Chair Technical Expert Group exploring the establishment of a Task Force on Nature-related Financial Development. Simon is co-director with the UNEP Inquiry. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management in Beijing, Senior Fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute and the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Academy of Business in Society. He is on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, and was Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University, Senior Visiting Fellow at Harvard`s JK Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, and Honorary Professor at the University of Southern Africa. Simon has a Phd in economics from the University of London, a MSc. Econ (London School of Economics) and a BSc. Honours Economics (University of Bristol). Simon was selected to be a `Global Leader for Tomorrow` by the World Economic Forum in 2003 and has been a regular participant at WEF`s annual Davos meeting. He founded and was until 2009 Chief Executive of the international think tank, AccountAbility, and before that Development Director of the New Economics Foundation.
Eric Usher, CEO UNEP Finance Initiative
Eric Usher currently heads the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, UNEP FI, a global partnership bringing together the UN with 230 banks, insurers and asset managers working to develop the sustainable finance and responsible investment agendas. Eric oversees governance, strategy and day-to-day management of UNEP FI’s work programme and global network development.
Since joining in 2015, Mr. Usher has focused on accelerating the deep integration of sustainability risks into financial practice, including addressing climate change, natural capital loss and human rights abuses, as well as building out the frameworks for positive impact finance needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Eric sits on several industry bodies including as UN representative on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment, as a member of the Evaluation Council of the French sovereign green bond, as Director for the impact fund REPP Africa and founder of the Seed Capital Assistance Facility.
Prior to leading UNEP FI, Mr. Usher has over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning technology commercialisation in Canada, solar rural electrification in Morocco and financial sector development across emerging markets. During 2011, Mr. Usher worked on the establishment of the Green Climate Fund and led efforts to create its Private Sector Facility. Eric has been an editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually with Bloomberg and was lead author for finance of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Before joining the UN, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.
Floske Kusse, Stakeholder Engagement Lead ING Global Sustainability
''Sustainability is a common language that connects us all” As Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Floske Kusse is responsible for ING’s commitments, memberships and strategic engagement on topics like climate change, the circular economy and human rights. She also represents ING in sustainability related platforms. Outcomes and insights from this engagement contribute to ING’s strategy, policy framework and the development of business opportunities. The other way around, ING contributes to standard-setting and policy development.
Sustainability is a strategic priority for ING and built into the purpose of the company. The focus is on integrating sustainability further into the core business and accelerating two themes where ING can have an impact on society; supporting financial health and contributing to climate action. This focus pays off: ING has leading positions in independent indices like Sustainalytics and CDP, and is recognized most notably for its climate action leadership. Before joining ING in 2015, Floske worked in several business and public affairs roles in the energy sector. She holds a master’s degree in Dutch language and literature, specializing in rhetoric – stories shape our world and sustainability is a common language that connects us all.
Gwen Yu, Head of Engagement Transformation, BNP Paribas and Princial, Informal Working Group on the Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosures
As Head of Engagement Transformation, Gwen leads transversal projects on sustainable finance across the BNP Paribas Group by coordinating and assisting in positive banking business origination and employee engagement. She’s setting the Bank’s sustainable finance strategy and upskilling all employees on sustainability. Along with managing key partner relationships, Gwen also serves as an alternate/ sherpa on behalf of BNP Paribas for one of the TNFD IWG’s co-chair and for one of the rapporteurs on the European Commission’s sustainable finance platform.
Prior to this, Gwen worked for various parts of the BNP Paribas Group including Corporate and Institutional Banking and Retail Banking Services. She has been with BNP Paribas since 2010. Before joining BNP Paribas, she worked in North America and Asia providing market entry strategies, intellectual property valuation, corporate philanthropy, and brand management for clients in financial services, tech, FMCG, automotive, and pharmaceuticals on behalf of several professional services firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Edelman and Deloitte & Touche. Gwen is a UC Berkeley alumna
Stephen Kinsella, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick
Stephen is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick, Ireland, Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Research Associate at the Rhodes Centre for International Finance at Brown University.
Stephen’s research uses national accounting data to make better models. He is also interested in the economics of small open economies like Ireland, and health systems research. Stephen’s research is archived at Orcid and citations, etc., at Google Scholar.
Stephen is Chief Economics Writer for The Currency.news, and was for 4 years a columnist with the Sunday Business Post. He has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Irish Independent. He has twice won Economic Commentator of the Year for my columns.
Reto Schnarwiler, Head of Group Sustainability, Swiss Re
Reto Schnarwiler is Head Group Sustainability at Swiss Re. He brings a wealth of experience in reinsurance, insurance and impact investing. He started his career in structuring Alternative Risk Transfer solutions and advised insurance clients across the globe. He later became deputy head of Swiss Re's Group Strategy Team before founding Swiss Re's Public Sector Solutions team.
Reto is also Chairman of responsAbility Investments, a leading impact investor, and he is a member of the board of APA Insurance Group in Kenya. Furthermore, he is a member of the Swiss government´s Advisory Committee on International Cooperation, an extra-parliamentary committee with the primary task to advise the federal council and federal offices.
Geoff Summerhayes, Chairman UN Sustainable Insurance Forum and Executive Board Member at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
A purpose and values-driven leader who has made significant contributions in a breadth of economic sectors including property and the built environment, wealth management, banking, insurance and now in prudential regulation as an Executive Board Member of APRA. Geoff has been a forthright leader on raising awareness of climate change financial risk in Australia and globally. In Australia, he chairs the Council of Financial Regulators Working Group on Climate Change, its members include APRA, ASIC, RBA and Treasury. Internationally, Geoff is a member of the Executive Committee of the global standard setting body for insurance, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. He chairs the UN Environment Program’s Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF), a global body of insurance regulators collaborating on sustainability and climate change and represents IAIS and SIF at the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS). Prior to his appointment at APRA, Geoff was CEO of Suncorp Life, held a number of senior executive roles at National Australia Bank in strategy, asset finance and distribution, was CEO of Retail Investment at MLC and started his career in commercial property development at Lend Lease.
Sarah Dempsey, Head of Sustainability Communications & Partnerships in AIB Group plc
Sarah is Head of Sustainability Communications & Partnerships in AIB Group plc. The Sustainability team comprises a small expert group who support and influence business strategy in responding to stakeholder needs, demonstrating the broader social and economic value in addition to financial value created by the business. The work of the team is enhanced through strong Governance across AIB, including a dedicated Board committee.
Sarah joined AIB from RBS Group plc, where she worked in a number of senior roles for the Ulster Bank brand in Ireland. Sarah has over a decade of Corporate Affairs, Stakeholder Management and Communications experience in banking, operating at the highest levels of business throughout her career.
Sarah is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a Certified Bank Director from the Institute of Bankers of Ireland, a graduate of the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is also a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland
Shane O'Reilly, Chair CDP and KPMG
Shane is a Director within KPMG Sustainable Futures, a dedicated cross functional team helping organisations plan and execute ESG topics. He has recently joined KPMG from CRH plc where he was their Group ESG Manager. In addition to his ESG background at CRH plc, he has knowledge of capital markets having been part of the Investor Relations group function, as well as operational experience through numerous management roles at CRH plc subsidiary companies in Ireland.
He is the current chair of CDP Ireland Network and recently participated in a World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Construction Forum for the development of TCFD guidelines for the construction sector across. He holds an MBA, MSc in Environmental Management and BSc in Environmental & Industrial Chemistry
Juan Aguiriano, Group Head of Sustainability, Technology Ventures at Kerry Group
Juan Aguiriano is a corporate sustainability pioneer with over 25 years’ experience leading businesses and working at the C-suite level at some of the world’s biggest food, chemical, and fibers companies to provide strategic guidance in helping develop and implement innovative strategies to transform businesses and operations towards triple-bottom-line sustainability.
Currently leading the sustainability strategy at the Kerry Group, a world leader in Taste and Nutrition, Juan is focused on creating a significant, positive impact on the environment and society, by driving businesses’ sustainability leadership. Expert in corporate strategies for sustainability, risk management, business innovations, and organizational change, as well as stakeholder engagement and communications,
Juan has worked with executives in some of the world’s top 500 corporations, to transform the way they do business, and ensure they are incorporating societal and environmental criteria in their values, behaviors, strategies, and business decision making. Juan is also focused on disruptive and emerging sustainable technology venture investments, partnerships, and collaborations that have the potential to transform existing markets, products, and value chains in profitable and sustainable ways.
Juan has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States. He also has furthered his competencies in strategy and sustainability in several executive leadership programs at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, and IESE, Barcelona, Spain. He speaks five languages fluently
Brian O'Kennedy, CEO, Clearstream Solutions
Brian O’Kennedy is the CEO of Clearstream Solutions. Prior to setting up Clearstream, Brian spent almost 20 years in global supply chain management in the areas of IT, Media, Print & Packaging. Clearstream Solutions, the company Brian founded in 2009, is a leading Irish based independent carbon and sustainability consultancy.
Providing advisory services, tools, and training, Clearstream’s expert team supports its clients to measure and report their sustainability performance and that of their businesses, products, and supply chains. Clearstream is currently the executive admin behind the global CDP Climate Change reporting project in Ireland.
Brian Hayes, CEO of the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland
Brian served as a member of both houses of the Irish Parliament from 1996 to 2014. In 2011, he was appointed as Minister of State at the Department of Finance. During his time as Minister of State, Brian attended Eurogroup, ECOFIN and Budgetary Council meetings on behalf of the Irish Government.
Following his election to the European Parliament in May 2014, Brian was appointed to the European Parliament’s Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, Development Committee and Budgetary Control Committee.
Brian was the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the IORPS II Directive and shadow rapporteur for the Money Market Funds regulation and Pan European Pension Proposal (PEPP). He has also worked on the European Parliament’s report on Fintech and on Third County Equivalence. He is the EPP Vice Coordinator on the ECON Committee. In September 2018 Brian was elected as Vice President of the ECON Committee
Kate Gordon, OPR Director
Kate Gordon has spent the past two decades working at the intersection of climate change, energy policy, and economic development. Gordon was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Advisor to the Governor on Climate by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7, 2019.
Trained as a community organizer, and later in law and regional economic development, her focus has long been on bringing diverse groups together to work toward a more sustainable, inclusive economy. Prior to being appointed OPR Director, Gordon was the founding director of the Risky Business Project, which focused on quantifying the economic impacts of climate change on U.S. energy demand, crop yields, and coastal infrastructure as well as on human health and mortality.
As part of this work, Gordon consulted numerous investors and corporations on strategies to reduce climate risks across investments and assets, and also served as a co-author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment's chapter on “Reducing Risks Through Adaptation Actions.”
Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Responsibility at Assistant Secretary level over the Climate Action and Environment Sector in the Department. Brian has specific responsibility for all environmental policies in areas such as climate action, air quality, nuclear and radiological matters, environmental policy and research, as well as engagement at EU and UN levels on environmental issues.