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Have the prospects of global and EU ESG policies changed with the Covid crisis?

Day 1 Afternoon

Wednesday 09 September

Room :



Ambroise Fayolle
Vice-President, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Public Authorities
John Berrigan
Director-General, DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission - DG FISMA
Alessandro Rivera
Director General of the Treasury, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy
Verena Ross
Executive Director, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
Industry Representatives
Daniel Hanna
Global Head, Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered
Ann Prendergast
Head of State Street Global Advisors Ireland Limited, State Street Global Advisors
Natalie Westerbarkey
Head of EU Public Policy, Fidelity International

Objectives of the session

The Covid-19 pandemic is considered in many aspects as a turning point. Indeed, the causes of the pandemic although unclear, suggest that biodiversity which is threatened by natural resources intensive growth and always more globalized exchanges represent essential issues that deserve refocusing investment so as the economy is dramatically changed. At the same time relaunching the economies stopped to reduce human interaction and subsequent pandemic-transmission risks, calls for massive public spending and possibly suggests postponing investment in the green transition.

The session is therefore dedicated to sort out, how to improve a better perception of the wide variety of both economic and sustainability risks and challenges, their respective time horizon and whether priority policies to addressing them, may be combined.

Points of discussion

How to improve a better perception of the wide variety of emerging risks? How to explain the strong financial performance of ESG companies?

How to leverage sustainable investment to improve growth potential and productivity in the EU in addition to better mitigating the wide variety of emerging risks illustrated by the Covid19 pandemic?

What are the main achievements regarding the various EU Commission Green Finance work streams? How to set green investment in the EU at the right level?