Event Announcements/ News
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Finance Week
26 June – 3 July 2013
St Andrews, Scotland
Jointly organised by RBF and Responsible Investor,
ESG Finance Week 2013 delivers training and career development for ESG professionals looking to apply their skills in investment, and investment professionals requiring a rigorous background in ESG.
There are two training courses to select from, with the ESG Finance Lab 'big ideas' weekend sandwiched between the two courses:
- Training: Financial Analytics for ESG Professionals, 26-28 June.
- Lectures & Debates: The ESG Finance Lab, 29-30 June.
- Training: ESG Analytics for Financial Professionals, 1-3 July.
Download the ESG Finance Week 2013 pdf brochure.
With the Financial Institutions and Markets thematic research group of the School of Management, University of St Andrews, the RBF hosted the following seminar:
Title: 'Are Covered Bonds a Substitute for Mortgage-Backed Securities?'
Professor Santiago Carbó-Valverde
Bangor Business School
Wednesday 1 May 2013, Time 3:15
Location: Boardroom, Gateway, North Haugh, University of St Andrews.
Find further details at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/management/news/events/seminars/
RBF Deputy Director interviewed about benefits of ESG investment
Dr Andreas Hoepner has published a white paper with the Global Financial Institute (DGFI). The paper, "Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data: Can it enhance returns and reduce risks?", with an April 2013 video of Andreas being interviewed about ESG issues, can be found on the DGFI website.
Financial Modelling Post-2008: Where Next? Seminar 2
Empirical modelling: distributional assumptions/efficiency – 2008 crisis
21 - 22 March 2013
Location: School of Management, University of St Andrews
The Gateway, North Haugh
St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9RJ.
Google map of KY16 9RJ.
This ESRC research seminar was organised by RBF Director Professor John Wilson. It was the second in a four seminar series in which leading experts present papers on two key themes absolutely central in financial modelling: distributional assumptions and efficiency. The conference series ties these two key themes to the events of the 2008 financial crisis, and attempts to shed light on how financial modelling can possibly be re-interpreted in light of the 2008 crisis.
More details: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/21496/seminar-2-financial-modelling-post-2008-where-next.aspx
PRI Academic Network / German Network event
13 – 14 December 2012
The PRI Academic and PRI German Network Conference addressed many relevant responsible investment topics such as ESG integration, ESG engagement, ESG KPIs, ESG voting policies, Integrated Reporting, ESG analytics, ESG investment training, ESG ratings, ESG in sovereign/corporate debt, corporate governance and sustainability issues in the German market, carbon disclosure, green real estate, ESG in boardrooms or sustainability issues in financial markets.
This event was supported by RBF.
Find details in the Conference invitation (PDF, 85 KB).
Emerging Scholars in Banking and Finance 2012
11-12 December 2012
City University London
Cass Business School hosted the third Emerging Scholars in Banking and Finance Conference.
RBF members featured as contributors again this year.
Scottish Doctoral Training Centre PhD Workshop in Quantitative Methods
The Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance (RBF) organised a PhD workshop
on Quantitative Methods in the School of Management at the University of
St Andrews, UK on 29 October 2012. The workshop was sponsored by the
Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences and the School of
Management at the University of St Andrews.
The workshop was attended by more than 40 PhD students from eleven
universities around the UK. The workshop featured sessions on
methodological advancements in panel data, stock return predictability
and event studies.
Workshop in Quantitative Methods October 2012 event leaflet (pdf).
Friday 25 May 2012
RBF Deputy Director Dr Andreas Hoepner gives his views on ESG and alpha.
Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), and alpha | Analysis | Top1000Funds.com
Friday 27 April 2012
"ESG Leadership Forum: The Future of Sustainable Investing" Webcast
Thursday 8 March 2012
Gender diversity at board level – a financially significant issue? | Guardian Sustainable Business | guardian.co.uk
In recognition of International Women's Day (IWD), 8 March 2012 - celebrated and commemorated around the world - RBF researchers joined with colleagues at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg to put together a "Research Snapshot" focussing on how to address gender inequality at board level. See the Snapshot here: Women on Boards of Directors - Do they add value? (PDF, 424 KB).
Events (co-)organised by RBF
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Finance Week
11 – 18 July 2012
St Andrews, Scotland
Jointly organised by RBF and Responsible Investor this event consisted of three parts:
- The first – ESG Analytics for Finance Professionals - aimed at finance professionals, asset owners and marketers who need to understand more about ESG research and market developments as increasing numbers of clients place sustainability in their investment requirements.
- The second - Financial Analytics for ESG Professionals – aimed at those professionals whose experience has tended to be in the ESG fields but who are seeking a more developed financial framework for their work.
- Sandwiched between the two training courses - the 'big ideas' weekend: The ESG Finance Lab, a weekend of blue-skies-thinking presentations and discussions inspired by the TED conference phenomenon. A number of excellent speakers were in St Andrews to get the creative mind-juices flowing around the sustainable finance theme.
Download the Finance Week pdf brochure.
5 – 7 May 2012
2nd RBF Conference, Isle of Skye and St Andrews, Scotland
The Centre held its second bi-annual conference, with a keynote by the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) CEO Dr James Gifford.
27 April 2012
ESG Leadership Forum: The Future of Sustainable Investing, London, UK
MSCI ESG Research, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), University of St Andrews (RBF), UKSIF and Responsible-Investor.com hosted the ESG Leadership Forum in London and online via a global video livestream. The event included an ESG Leaders panel discussion and was followed by a set of thematic workstreams, in which experts from the industry, academia and policy making discussed the future of sustainable investing - from a macro and micro socio-economic perspective.
See ESG Leadership Forum Webcast.
19 – 25 February 2012
DHBW Lecture week, St Andrews
RBF had the pleasure of welcoming students from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW). The students were visiting St Andrews for a lecture week. The event marks the beginning of a yearly fixture in the DHBW Master Programme.
8 December 2011
Nordea, MSCI & RBF Event, Helsinki, Finland
Dr Andreas Hoepner presented a talk titled "Integrating ESG into the Investment Process" at an event co-hosted by the Nordea Bank.
29 November 2011
1st RBF conference, St Andrews, Scotland
RBF held its first bi-annual conference, with a keynote by Dr Ioannis Ioaanou from the London Business School.
Events: Selected Presentations and Seminars Given
Roundtable, RI/MSCI, New York, (Dr Hoepner)
"The business case for ESG in institutional investment" downloads (large pdfs): RI_MSCI_Roundtable_Part1 and RI_MSCI_Roundtable_Part2
2nd Responsible Banking & Finance conference, Isle of Skye, (Dr Gifford, Dr Hoepner, Ms Perez)
Plenary Speech, PRI German Network Event, Munich ERGO Asset Management (MEAG), Munich, (Dr Hoepner)
Roundtable with online Livestream, ESG Leadership Forum, MSCI, London, (Mr Biehl, Dr Hoepner)
Seminar, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Edinburgh, (Dr Hoepner)
Roundtable, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, (Dr Hoepner)
British Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Brighton, (Dr Hoepner)
Presentation (50 min slot), Client Advisory Council, Hermes Equity Ownership Services, London, (Dr Hoepner)
Webinar (with Valeria Piani), Principles for Responsible Investment (Dr Hoepner)
Seminar, HiPPO (Happiness in Public Policy Organisation), St Andrews, (Dr Hoepner)
Executive Education Lecture, DHBW, St. Andrews, (Dr Hoepner)
Webinar, MSCI, (Dr Hoepner)
Seminar, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, (Dr Hoepner)
Executive Education Lecture, Principles for Responsible Investment, London, (Dr Hoepner)
Economic conditions and risk taking in European banking, to Workshop on Future of Banking, FUNCAS – Spanish Savings Banks Association, Madrid (Professor Wilson)
Roundtable, MSCI, New York, (Dr Hoepner)
The Future of Banking & Financial Regulation Summit: Establishing a Stable and Competitive Banking Sector, London (Professor Wilson)
Executive Education Lecture, Principles for Responsible Investment, London
Seminar, Nordea, Helsinki, (Dr Hoepner)
Seminar, University of St Andrews Ethical Investment Campaign, St Andrews, (Dr Hoepner)
1st Responsible Banking & Finance conference, St Andrews, (Mr Rezec, Dr Hoepner)
Seminar, RCM (Allianz Global Investors), London, (Dr Hoepner)
Seminar, School of Business, University of Dundee, (Dr Hoepner)