Unlocking ESG -
Navigating the Sustainability Ecosystem Series

A virtual webinar series dedicated to sharing institutional knowledge and awareness of how ESG factors influence the investment decision-making process, while providing practical advice to corporations advancing ESG strategies. Topics will range from ESG reporting best practices, understanding ESG ratings, key inputs for climate related disclosures and how ESG factors influence credit ratings.

Session 6 - Advancements in Climate Reporting

The sixth session will take a deep dive into climate disclosures, measurement and reporting.

Discussion topics will include:

  • What are the current climate measurement datasets and toolkits used by the financial community?
  • What are investor expectations around climate disclosures and how are they evolving?
  • What are the best practices in climate related communications and how can corporates best position themselves?
  • How are investors measuring emissions footprints today and transition pathways for the future?

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM ET | 14:00 GMT

Speakers

Richard Mattison

CEO, Trucost (part of S&P Global)

Roelfien Kuijpers

Head of Responsible Investments and Strategic Relationships, DWS

Participation in this event is by invitation only. Please contact your RBC Capital Markets representative for additional details.
Additional session details will be released at a later date

 


Session 5 - ESG in Credit Ratings and Analysis

The fifth session will take a deep dive into ESG in corporate credit, providing perspectives on how credit rating agencies and fixed income investors are integrating ESG into their analysis.

Discussion topics will include:

  • How can ESG factors influence a company’s credit quality?
  • Does ESG performance impact the cost of capital?
  • What are the latest developments in the sustainable debt market?

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM ET

Speakers

Lynn Maxwell

S&P Global Ratings

Scott MacLellan

Director, Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group, BlackRock Financial Management

Moderators

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Director, Sustainable Finance, RBC Capital Markets

Allison MacKinnon

Allison MacKinnon

Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets

Participation in this event is by invitation only. Please contact your RBC Capital Markets representative for additional details.
Additional session details will be released at a later date

 


Session 4 - ESG Investor Engagements

For the fourth session, we will take a deep dive into ESG engagement discussions and provide perspectives how to make the most of investor driven ESG dialogues. The topics that will be addressed include:

  • What are the trends in ESG investor engagements and what will be areas of focus going forward?
  • How do investors measure success or the outcomes of their engagement activities?
  • How can companies best prepare for these types of engagements?

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM ET

Speakers

Judy Cotte LL.M.

CEO,
ESG Global Advisors

Michael Viehs

Head of ESG Integration, Federated Hermes International

Moderator

Lindsay Patrick

Lindsay Patrick

Head of Sustainable Finance, RBC Capital Markets

Participation in this event is by invitation only. Please contact your RBC Capital Markets representative for additional details.
Additional session details will be released at a later date

 


Session 3 - Insights into the ESG Investor Landscape

The third session will seek to address the fundamental drivers within sustainable investing and the dynamics behind a growing number of ESG investment strategies and products. The discussion will focus on:

  • What is driving the growth in ESG investing?
  • How are active and passive investors approaching ESG – does it differ?
  • What do companies need to do to attract these pools of capital?
  • Investor engagement on ESG issues is on the rise and how can companies be prepared?

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM ET

Speakers

Vinay Shandal

Managing Director & Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Sara Mahaffy

US Equity Strategist (ESG Specialist), RBC Capital Markets

Moderator

Lindsay Patrick

Lindsay Patrick

Head of Sustainable Finance, RBC Capital Markets

Participation in this event is by invitation only. Please contact your RBC Capital Markets representative for additional details.
Additional session details will be released at a later date

 


Session 2 - Understanding ESG Research and Ratings

The discussion will focus on:

  • What role does ESG research play in the sustainable investment ecosystem?
  • How is a company’s sustainability performance evaluated by third party research providers?
  • What are the investor applications of ESG research and ratings?
  • Future trends and themes in ESG research including climate disclosures

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM ET

Speakers

Laura Nishikawa

Laura Nishikawa

Managing Director, MSCI, ESG Research

 

Rupert Krefting

Rupert Krefting

Head of Corporate Finance and Stewardship, M&G Investments

Moderator

Lindsay Patrick

Lindsay Patrick

Head of Sustainable Finance, RBC Capital Markets

Participation in this event is by invitation only. Please contact your RBC Capital Markets representative for additional details.
Additional session details will be released at a later date

 


 

Session 1 - Corporate ESG Reporting Best Practices

This session focused on best practices in corporate sustainability reporting and communications.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM ET

Speakers

Neil Stewart

Neil Stewart

Director of Corporate Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, SASB

 

Ben Yeoh

Ben Yeoh

Senior Portfolio Manager, RBC Global Asset Management

Moderator

Lindsay Patrick

Lindsay Patrick

Head of Sustainable Finance, RBC Capital Markets

Participation in this event is by invitation only. Please contact your RBC Capital Markets representative for additional details.
Additional session details will be released at a later date