TBLI Conference Europe 2011: BRING OUT THE GREEN CARPET OCCUPY LONDON! ESG LEADERS AWARDS SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT

BRING OUT THE GREEN CARPET OCCUPY LONDON!
Environmental, Social and Governance ESG investment industry shines the spotlight on financial leaders of tomorrow

LONDON, November 10, 2011 – Right next to Occupy London’s tent City in St Paul’s, some of the “good guys” of the City tonight were praised for their achievements to the environment and society. At the Grange St Paul’s Hotel, ERAPF and 4 other organizations, were given the prestigious ESG Europe Leaders Award in front of representatives of the ESG investment community from 28 countries. The ESG Leaders Awards Europe 2011 are supported by TBLI GROUP(TM) and International Pensions Europe together with partners Thomson Reuters, Aviva Investors Global Services Limited and Bank Sarasin & Cie AG. Awards compere, Ms Joanne Sawicki of Ceres Communications, commended the outstanding achievements of key business players striving to contribute to the ESG financial space.

 

ESG Leaders Awards Europe 2011 Winners

Award for Best Investor in ESG
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
WINNER: ERAPF
Award for Best Asset Manager Investing in ESG – Sponsored by Aviva Investors Global
Services Limited
WINNER: Generation Investment Management LLP
Award for Most Innovative Development in ESG
Sponsored by Bank Sarasin & Cie AG
WINNER: Maplecroft
Award for Best ESG Consultancy/Research House
Sponsored by IPE – Investment & Pensions Europe
WINNER: GES Investment Services
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Development of ESG
Sponsored by TBLI CONFERENCE (TM)
WINNER: Mr Ivo Knoepfel

A VIEW FROM THE JUDGES

BEST INVESTOR IN ESG – ERAPF Since the beginning of 2005, the ERAPF Board of Trustees has adopted an ambitious SRI policy covering all of the fund’s asset classes. The company’s ESG research providers have successfully monitored implementation of this policy with reviews conducted at a boardlevel on a regular basis. This fund has faithfully demonstrated the importance of incorporating SRI within the investment portfolio, and this as a result has amplified the group’s long-term vision and success rate. It has also created a reputation for itself as a truly responsible investor by being prudent during boom periods and providing liquidity during recessions.
BEST ASSET MANAGER INVESTOR IN ESG – Generation Investment Management LLP
Generation Investment Management, established by David Blood and Vice President Al Gore, has championed an investment style that blends traditional equity research with a focus on key sustainability factors: social, environmental and corporate governance. The company successfully created a top-notch global research platform, integrating sustainability research into fundamental equity analysis. Moreover, it focuses on key drivers of global change including climate change, environmental degradation, as well as other factors such as poverty and development, water and natural resource scarcity, pandemics and healthcare, demographics, migration and urbanization. Generation Investment Management LLP is truly a SRI investment house with a dedicated team of investment professionals, featuring 150 years of combined investment experience.
MOST INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ESG- MAPLECROFT
Maplecroft receives the award as it successfully fostered a remarkable SRI product offer on top of its
already well-renowned research capacities. First and foremost, the organization is “subject expert” with the investment angle as a compliment to its expertise. Judges would like to see more organizations bring such an approach to the SRI research market. Maplecroft also obtained the award for outstanding in-depth competences dealing with environmental and social risks spanning a multitude of countries, and sectors. Reports are top-class and highly valuable to companies, investors and policy makers.
BEST ESG CONSULTANCY/RESEARCH HOUSE- GES INVESTMENT SERVICES
GES (Global Ethical Standard) Investment is a leading provider of SRI research in Northern Europe. The company receives this award for its long-standing expertise, which has been lead by its solid and sustainable management. Furthermore, GES built an impressive client base in the Northern Europe, constantly developing its services with an exceptional Scandinavian touch. Over the past years, its focus on “Engagement” has enabled the company’s “Engagement Forum” to be recognized as a unique and noteworthy client-focused platform. Finally, the company has an excellent corporate communications strategy.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT IN ESG – Mr IVO KNOEPFEL, Switzerland
While all shortlisted individuals were equally praiseworthy in their personal efforts to support the responsible investment industry, Mr Knoepfel stands out by the continuous innovation that he brings to the market. He is always independent with a sharp mind and a good sense for new developments. Ivo can even tell you what the market will demand in 2 to 3 years time! Moreover, he has spectacular indepth knowledge of sustainable and responsible investment and understanding of investors’ challenges in terms of implementing SRI strategies across asset classes. He has the capability to bring the investment community together to share knowledge and experiences, while managing to do so in a very unbiased way, which helps the industry grow.

Who is involved?
The TBLI network consists of the most influential and wealthy asset owners, asset managers, sustainability professionals and other in the ESG and impact investing space. Players include: NOMURA, CHEUVREUX, HSBC World Bank, Deutsche Bank, MSCI, and PGGM, to the Carbon Disclosure Project, to name a few.

What is ESG?
According to the Financial Times lexicon “ESG” (environmental, social and governance) is a generic term used in capital markets and used by investors to evaluate corporate behavior and to determine the future financial performance of companies.
ESG factors include sustainable, ethical and corporate governance issues such as managing a company’s carbon footprint and safeguarding systems in place to ensure full accountability.
The investment world has incorporated ESG talk in order to describe the performance of investment and fund portfolios on environmental, social and governance criteria. Fund managers and financial analysts who can interpret and relate ESG factors to a company’s future prospects may potentially develop a competitive advantage should others fail to recognize the same risks or opportunities related to those factors.

Press enquiries Investor ESG enquiries
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Editorial information:

TBLI GROUP(TM) introduced the idea that a truly sound investment is one that provides both financial rewards and offers social and environmental benefits: Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI).
Based in Amsterdam, TBLI GROUP(TM) raises awareness in the financial sector of the benefits of impact investment. It advises both companies and individuals who wish to institutionalize sustainability and acts as a global educator, providing a network for parties who share in this goal.
The subsidiary TBLI CONFERENCE(TM) draws attention to the benefits of TBLI by organizing two annual events in which the world’s thought leaders on sustainability network, exchange information and ideas on the latest developments in screening, auditing, reporting, ESG, SRI analysis, corporate citizenship, impact investing, indexes, and research.
The subsidiary TBLI CONSULTING(TM) offers result-oriented advisory and networking services, which, among other projects, assists in mobilizing capital and locating strategic partners for leading impact investment private equity funds, micro-finance bonds, and green mortgages.

List of Sponsors
TBLI Consulting B.V.
IPE – Investment & Pensions Europe
Thomson Reuters
Aviva Investors Global Services Limited
Bank Sarasin & Cie AG

TBLI GROUP(TM) Stadionplein 65hs, 1076 CJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ESG Leaders Awards 2011-TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2011

 

Robert Rubinstein, tbli, esg, TBLICONFERENCE Europe 2011,

The Award of the Future

It is our pleasure to announce the ESG Leaders Awards Ceremony is taking place November 10th, 2011 at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel***** London, United Kingdom.The ESG Leaders Awards commend the performance of players who have shown outstanding achievements in the ESG and Impact
Investing space. They are not only five trophies; they represent the vision that both TBLI GROUP™ and our network are striving for: “Mobilizing capital for sustainable investment”.

We hope to make these awards the most sought after prizes by asset owners, research and consulting houses and all other players in the ESG space. All nominees are listed in alphabetical order.

Register now for TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2011

Program Details

Congratulations

To All Our Nominees!

° ESG Leaders Award Europe #1 BEST INVESTOR IN ESG.

Sponsor: Thomson Reuters.

This Award is open to institutional capital owners worldwide, including pension funds, foundations, insurance companies, family offices and charities.

ERAPF

Ethos

PGGM

The Government Pension Fund of Norway

° ESG Leaders Award #2 BEST ESG CONSULTING/RESEARCH

Sponsor: Aviva Investors Global Services Limited

GES Investment Services

GMI – Global Market Insite

Mercer

Sustainalytics

° ESG Leaders Award #3 MOST INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ESG

Sponsor: Bank Sarasin & Cie AG

This Award is based on nominations. People nominating had to produce a 100-word explanation why they think this nominee is innovative.

Gate Impact

Maplecroft

PRI private equity workstream

° ESG Leaders Award #4 BEST ASSET MANAGER INVESTING IN ESG

Sponsor: IPE

Aberdeen Asset Management

Bank Sarasin & Cie AG

Generation Investment Management LLP

Nordea Asset Management

° ESG Leaders Award #5 OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT OF ESG or ESG INVESTING

Sponsor: TBLI CONFERENCE™

Open to all:individuals, companies, group of people; research houses, investors, advisers, politicians. Based on nominations.

Mr James Gifford

Mr Ivo Knoepfel

Sustainable Finance Geneva

Mr Reto Ringger

Our Prized Judges

It is also a big pleasure to announce the judging panel for the 2011 ESG Leaders Awards. This panel is composed of carefully chosen professionals who are experts in their fields.

The confirmed list:

Ulrika Hasselgren – CEO of Ethix SRI
Advisors AB, Sweden

Floris Lambrechtsen – Director of Double
Dividend, The Netherlands

Mike Tyrell – Founder of SRI Asset
Management, United States of America

Axel Wilhelm – Managing Director
Frankfurt Office of Sustainalytics,
Germany

Angela de Wolff – Founder and CEO of
ConSer Invest SA, Switzerland

Our lively moderator and compere Joanne Sawicki Founder and Director of Ceres Communications will be thrilled to see you there!

Yours sincerely,

Frank Stevens

Conference Director

TBLI CONFERENCE

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NL-1076 CJ Amsterdam

The Netherlands

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Convincing asset owners to invest in Impact Investing.

What is the best way to get asset owners (HNW, Pension Funds, Family Offices) to start investing in projects and funds that provide social, environmental, and financial returns.

http://twitter.com/TRDatastream/status/121144388029128704
Very important call to action for investors by Forum for the Future. As an integral investor, I would add the importance of self-actualization as a driving force in investing.
Mariana Bozesan
September 12, 2011

How to convince Asset Owners (HNW, Family Offices, Pension Funds) about ESG and Impact Investing.

Did you ever notice that all the studies and anecdotal evidence shows that HNW are actually interested in ESG and Impact Investing? I get constant requests from asset owners  for interesting investment opportunities that provide a financial, social and environmental added value. However, when you go through the so called “gate keepers” (private banks, wealth advisors, wealth managers), nothing happens.
You will hear that “risk management can’t approve”. “We need to invest in established, long term track record, blah, blah”. So, I say, “Oh. You mean European Sovereign Debt, or Stocks which haven’t performed in 10 years, or better yet asset managers, like Madoff ”

How can you get through to asset owners?

I have found, that after 13 years of trying,  the most effective is to reach out directly and indirectly, and by letting them experience the ESG and Impact Investment community, at TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE or ASIA. By allowing them to come, learn and interact with all these financial professionals through educational outreach and actually meet investors, who are putting large sums to work in ESG and Impact Investing, the rest falls into place.

That is why we allow 50 asset owners to come for free. If you are an asset owner and want to learn about ESG and Impact Investing, contact esther@tbli.org