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Date: 13 June 2019
Venue: Palmengarten Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt am Main

The 2019 Green & Social Bond Principles Annual General Meeting and Conference took place in Frankfurt on 13 June, co-hosted by the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany and ICMA. The Green & Social Bond Principles are the most widely used framework for issuers in this international market, and continue to provide a foundation for new sustainable finance initiatives.

The conference covered topical areas including new corporate initiatives, sustainability classifications / taxonomies, emerging regulation, impact reporting and wider implications for corporate reporting, growth markets and a spotlight on developments in Germany. While focused on sustainable bond markets, many of these discussions were of relevance to other asset classes, including related products such as sustainable loans.

A landmark fixture for the sustainable finance sector, the conference was open to all professionals and officials interested in the future of these fast-growing markets. It was of relevance for investors, issuers, intermediaries, external reviewers, policy makers and market supervisors, stock exchanges, index and data providers, law firms, and other important stakeholders.

Download the Presentation of 2019 GBP / SBP Publications & Innovations
Nicholas Pfaff, Managing Director, Secretary to the GBP & SBP, ICMA

View the Keynote speech
Dr. Sabine Mauderer, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank; Member of Steering Committee, Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Registration & Lunch
Welcome & Keynote
Martin Scheck, Chief Executive, ICMA
Dr. Günther Bräunig, CEO, KfW
Presentation of 2019 GBP / SBP Publications & Innovations
Nicholas Pfaff, Managing Director, Secretary to the GBP & SBP, ICMA
Panel 1: Regulatory Innovation – a game-changer for sustainable finance?
Lars Eibeholm, Vice President, Head of Treasury, Nordic Investment Bank; GBP & SBP Excom

Tanguy Claquin, Head of Sustainable Banking, Crédit Agricole CIB; EU TEG Member
Roxana De Carvalho, Head of Corporate Affairs Department, ESMA
Morgan Després, Head of NGFS Secretariat, Banque de France
Gerald Podobnik, Head of FIG EMEA, Global Head of Capital Solutions & Sustainable Financing, Deutsche Bank
Ashley Schulten, Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investment, Fixed Income, BlackRock
Maarten Vleeschhouwer, Policy Officer, DG FISMA, European Commission
Dr. Sabine Mauderer, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank; Member of Steering Committee, Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)
Transfer to Breakout sessions
Breakout sessions

Panel 2: Germany Inc. – Connecting a Green Economy Powerhouse with Green Market
Karsten Löffler, Managing Director, Green & Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany, Co-Head, FS – UNEP Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Dr. Volker Heischkamp, Head of Treasury, Innogy
Dr. Steffen Hörter, Global Head of ESG, Allianz Global Investors
Frank Scheidig, Global Head Senior Executive Banking, DZ BANK
Ingo Speich, Head of Sustainability and Governance, Deka

Panel 3: New Paradigms in Impact Reporting and Wider Implications
Moderator: Isabelle Laurent, Deputy Treasurer & Head of Funding, EBRD; Joint Co-ordinator, GBP & SBP ExCom Impact Reporting Working Group and Research Working Group

Dr. Maarten Biermans, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Rabobank
Torunn Brana, Head of Green Finance, Kommunalbanken
Julien Foll, Responsible Investment Analyst, AXA IM
Jochen Krimphoff, Deputy Director, Green Finance, WWF
Esohe Denise Odaro, Head of Investor Relations, International Finance Corporation
Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Panel 4: Growth markets and drivers
Moderator: Farnam Bidgoli, Head of Sustainable DCM EMEA, HSBC; Joint Co-ordinator, GBP & SBP New Markets Taskforce

Sameer Chopra, Managing Director. Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics
Jean-Marie Masse, Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
Jason Mortimer, Senior Portfolio Manager, Nomura Asset Management
Chrissa Pagitsas, VP, Enterprise Environmental, Social, Governance, Fannie Mae
Rodrigo Robledo, Head of Capital Markets, ICO
15.45 Coffee / Networking break
16.15 Keynote
Dr. Philipp Nimmermann, State Secretary, Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing, State of Hessen
Panel 5: Corporate Leadership Perspective – Are Corporates ready to mainstream Green & Sustainable Bonds?
Alexandre Marty, Senior Investor Relations Manager, EDF; Member of GBP & SBP Excom and Co-Founder of Corporate Forum on Sustainable Finance

Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL Singapore
Marilyn Ceci, Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds, J.P. Morgan; GBP & SBP Vice Chair
Roberto Fernández Albendea, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Iberdrola
Agnès Gourc, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, BNP Paribas
Mirko Gerhold, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Bond Origination & Solutions, Commerzbank
Foppe-Jan van de Meij, Senior Portfolio Manager Fixed Income, ACTIAM

Keynote: Growth and innovation in sustainable loan markets
Clare Dawson, Chief Executive, Loan Market Association
Panel 6: New Sustainability Taxonomies & Classifications - market implications
Moderator: Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance; GBP & SBP Excom Vice-Chair

Laurie Chesné, Green & Sustainable Hub Originator & Advisor, Natixis CIB
Christa Clapp, Managing Partner, CICERO Shades of Green
Alban de Faÿ, Head of SRI & Green Bond Strategies, Amundi
Nathan Fabian, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, UN PRI; Rapporteur, EU TEG Subgroup on Taxonomy
Christopher Flensborg, Head of Climate & Sustainable Finance, SEB
Nancy Saich, Senior Adviser in Climate & Environment, European Investment Bank; EU TEG
Closing Remarks
Mandy DeFilippo, Chair of ICMA and Global Head of Risk Management for Fixed Income & Commodities, Morgan Stanley
Networking Reception
Event Close

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Due to the complex interrelationships of global economic processes, innovative and skilled forces from among financial institutions, investor groups, politicians and members of the public must be enabled to cooperate in a network-like structure. The Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany (GSFCG) brings together the activities of the various stakeholders, thus mobilising synergies that shape this transformation process in an efficient and cost-reducing manner.

The GSFCG pursues an open policy. A network is to be established, in which expertise is bundled in relation to matters of finance and risk. The GSFCG shall serve as a central point of contact for the sustainability- and climate-relevant issues/questions of actors in the financial sector and beyond. As a result, the various green and sustainable finance initiatives existing at the financial centre Germany and in Europe are to be strengthened, and any already existing impulse is to be invigorated. National initiatives such as the Hub for Sustainable Finance and others as well as European and international expert groups shall also be involved in the activities.

For more information, please visit the GSFCG website.



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