City Week spotlights ESG at 10th financial services forum

City Week 2020, the annual international financial services forum, is set to take place, in virtual format, on 21 -22 September 2020

City Week has announced a line-up of prominent responsible investment speakers for its next international financial services forum, for which ESG Clarity is media partner.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary and set to take place on 21-22 September, the event has more than 80 high profile figures lined up including John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury; Steven Maijoor, Chairman, European Securities and Markets Authority and Dr Hoesung Lee, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

More than 1,000 prominent figures from the international financial services community, including market participants and policy makers drawn from around the world, are expected to join the event to discuss the most pressing matters affecting the international financial services industry in the era of Covid-19.

Organised by City & Financial Global under a partnership between the UK Government’s Department for International Trade, the City of London Corporation, TheCityUK, UK Finance and London & Partners, City Week 2020 will address topics such as:

  • Greening the financial system and making green financial products mainstream
  • Sustainable bonds and raising financing to address emerging priorities in light of Covid-19
  • Sustainability, social impact investing and ESG with focus on ‘social’
  • Global trade and investment in a changing world
  • Ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the financial markets
  • Operational resilience, cybersecurity and cross-industry cooperation
  • Transition from IBOR – will the industry be ready in time?
  • Global fight against financial crime
  • Evolution of a new model for financial regulation in the UK
  • Skills for the post-Covid-19 AI world
  • Cultural transformation, governance and trust in the COVID-19 world
  • Data sharing, data analytics and ethical dilemmas
  • Planning for the next pandemic

In her keynote address, Anshula Kant, managing director and chief financial officer, World Bank Group is expected to cover sustainable bonds and raising financing to address emerging priorities in light if Covid-19, while Dame Elizabeth Corley, chair of the board of directors, Impact Investing Institute will participate in a panel discussion alongside Saker Nusseibeh CBE, CEO, Federated Hermes, focusing on sustainability, social impact investing and ESG.

Maurice Button, chief executive of City & Financial Global , said: “Covid-19 has precipitated a radical rethink about the purpose of companies and their accountability to different stakeholders, as well as how the capitalist model could or should be redefined. Financial services companies are at the heart of this debate. City Week 2020 will provide a vital forum for the discussion of the issues that really matter to industry leaders and their principal stakeholders.”

To see the full list of speakers, the event programme and to register for City Week 2020 please visit www.cityweekuk.com

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Natalie Kenway

Natalie is global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist for 16 years. She won Editor of the Year at the Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards 2021, and was Winner...