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ICAEW Geneva

OCTOBER 2017

Sustainable Finance

ICAEW Members in Switzerland are organising an event on Sustainable Finance at 18:00 on Tuesday 10th October 2017 at the Hotel Warwick in Geneva & Wednesday 11th October 2017 at The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Bleicherweg 12, Zurich. All the officers of ICAEW Swiss and speakers very much hope that you can join us for this extremely topical event (e.g. The Natural Capital Coalition is launching its Natural Capital Protocol in January 2018). Details of the event together with a link to book your place are included below: ======================================================== Join the ICAEW member group in Switzerland at an evening panel discussion on sustainable finance. Our panellists will introduce a number of critical aspects of sustainable finance and sustainability before an interactive discussion followed by a networking session. Topics for discussion are: Natural Capital Richard Spencer, ICAEW’s Head of Sustainability will talk about the Natural Capital Coalition initiative, how it is impacting businesses and what role there is for the accountancy profession in natural capital In July 2016 the Natural Capital Coalition launched the Natural Capital Protocol. The Protocol is a framework for businesses to make decisions based upon their impact and dependency on nature. To date NCC estimates more than 25,000 organisations have downloaded it. Many of Switzerland's largest companies and the Swiss Government have been involved in the Coalition’s Work. ICAEW is a founder and current host of the Coalition. Long Term Value (LTV) Mark Hawkins, Lead Partner for the Romandie Region of Switzerland at EY will share with us the latest trends in accounting and reporting for long term value, including the increased use of integrated reporting, the pressure on organisations to make better disclosures around environmental, social and governance practices and the Financial Stability Board‘s report on voluntary climate related financial risk disclosures for public filings. Swiss Sustainable Finance Sabine Döbeli (Zurich) and Jean Laville (Geneva) will cover the relationship between sustainability and finance and the risks and opportunities that sustainability poses to business. They will also focus on recent developments within the Swiss market. Further speakers and topics to be confirmed Programme: 18:00 – introduction – Mark Kissack, Vice Chairman, ICAEW members in Switzerland and panel moderator 18:10 – Natural Capital, Richard Spencer, ICAEW 18:40 – Long Term Value, Mark Hawkins, EY 18:55 – Sustainable Finance, Sabine Döbeli (Zurich) and Jean Laville (Geneva), Swiss Sustainable Finance 19:10 – TBC 19:25 – Discussion and Q&As 20:25 – Wrap up – Mark Kissack, Vice--Chairman ICAEW Members in Switzerland. 20:30 – Networking Speaker bios: Dr Richard Spencer, ICAEW Richard Spencer is Head of Sustainability at ICAEW. He joined ICAEW in 2005 in order to set up the sustainability practice within the Technical Strategy department, ICAEW’s “think tank”. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability. He was a co-convenor of the Finance Innovation Lab, which was named by the Observer and NESTA as one of the Top 50 of Britain’s New Radicals in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Buckminster Fuller Awards for ‘socially responsible designs. He was a co-founder of AuditFutures and also led on establishing the Natural Capital Coalition, which is a major voice in natural capital debates. Before joining ICAEW Richard worked as a strategy consultant in the Natural Resources division of Accenture. Prior to that he held a number of roles at N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd in the bank’s treasury and natural resources project finance teams. Richard began his career at the Bank of England. Richard holds degrees from the universities of Leeds and London. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Cass Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was a member of the FTSE4Good Policy Committee, and sits on the Climate Disclosure Standards Board Technical Working Group and Board member of the Social Value UK. Richard recently joined the Cass Business School Research Ethics Committee. Mark Hawkins, EY Mark Hawkins is Ernst & Young's Romandie Regional Lead Partner with over 26 years of professional experience with EY in Switzerland. This management responsibility includes leading the operational and market activities of our 550 staff in the French speaking area of Switzerland. In addition to serving as auditor to a wide variety of public and private companies, Mark has advised clients in respect of their internal and external reporting as well as the enhancement of their risk management, internal controls and corporate governance structures and processes. During several years, Mark established and led the EY Transaction Advisory Services team in Geneva, supporting many clients with their acquisition strategies, restructurings and capital raising transactions. Mark has a law degree, holds an MBA from the University of Warwick and is both a UK Chartered Accountant and a Swiss Expert-Comptable. Sabine Döbeli, Swiss Sustainable Finance Sabine Döbeli is the CEO of Swiss Sustainable Finance, an association that was founded in 2014 with the objective of promoting sustainability in Swiss finance. Previously, she was Head of Corporate Sustainability Management at Vontobel. At Zürcher Kantonalbank she built up the sustainability research unit within the financial analysis department and was involved in the launch of various sustainable investment products. Sabine holds a Masters in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and a post-graduate degree in business administration from the University of Basel. Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) strengthens the position of Switzerland in the global marketplace for sustainable finance by informing, educating and catalysing growth. The association, founded in 2014, has representation in Zurich, Geneva and Lugano. Currently SSF unites around 90 members and network partners from financial service providers, investors, universities and business schools, public sector entities and other interested parties. Jean Laville, Swiss Sustainable Finance Jean Laville has been active in the financial sector for 25 years, including 15 in the field of Responsible Investment. At SSF he is responsible for liaising with the members in the Romandie and communication activities in this area. Furthermore, he drives the workstream on capacity building and education. Jean is also a partner at Conser Invest since 2012, an independent advisory and asset management firm dedicated to sustainable investment solutions for private and institutional clients. He develops and runs quantitative tools enabling the systematic screening of the fund universe and the compliance of underlying holdings with ESG objectives. As Deputy Director he managed Ethos Foundation's and Ethos Services' from 2002 to 2012. Previously he held the position of quantitative asset manager with Banque Pictet & Cie in Geneva, since 1998. In 1980, Jean graduated in economics, majoring in political economy, from the Higher Business School (HEC) in Lausanne. He then followed the doctorate program from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) strengthens the position of Switzerland in the global marketplace for sustainable finance by informing, educating and catalysing growth. The association, founded in 2014, has representation in Zurich, Geneva and Lugano. Currently SSF unites around 90 members and network partners from financial service providers, investors, universities and business schools, public sector entities and other interested parties. Links: ICAEW’s resources on sustainability - http://www.icaew.com/en/technical/sustainability Natural Capital Coalition - http://naturalcapitalcoalition.org/ Reporting on Long Term Value - http://www.ey.com/uk/en/services/assurance/ey---long-term-value Swiss Sustainable Finance - http://www.sustainablefinance.ch Please book the events through the ICAEW event page: https://events.icaew.com/pd/7994/sustainability-in-practice-changing-the-way-business-views-and-accounts-for-nature