“…we will see changes in capital allocation more quickly than we see changes to the climate itself. In the near future – and sooner than most anticipate – there will be a significant reallocation of capital.”
Sustainable investing assets are now estimated at over US$30 trillion (as of 2018) and will continue to grow rapidly based on demand from investors, businesses and companies around the world. As the world grapples with climate change, we expect significant capital shifts into sustainable strategies. In ASEAN, it is estimated that a US$200 billion flow of green finance is needed every year till 2030. Given current annual flows of US$40 billion, there needs to be a concerted effort in bridging this financing gap.
How can we enhance the role of capital markets to support the needs of this region? How can we accelerate sustainable investing? What are the regulatory hurdles to sustainable finance? What are the financing instruments available and how can we more effectively crowd in capital?
BlackRock, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Temasek will convene the first-ever Singapore Sustainable Investing & Financing Conference (SSIFC) on 30 September 2021.
Themed “Bridging the Gap – Advancing Asia’s Sustainable Future”, the conference is designed to spark deep conversations about the drivers needed to catalyse sustainable investing and financing. Leveraging the combined networks and expertise across our three organisations, SSIFC will bring together key actors from the Asia-Pacific region, including senior level representatives from central banks, SWFs, financial institutions, private banks, government agencies and corporations.
Marina Bay Sands
Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 5
• Morning plenary: 10:00 - 12:30
• Evening plenary: 17:30 - 20:45
Timings indicated are Singapore time (GMT+8)
This panel will explore the urgency and criticality of sustainable and green infrastructure financing to move the world towards a net-zero emissions path – and how private investment and financing are increasingly vital to drive this shift in the wake of COVID-19. The panel will also explore the various instruments and investment approaches available to broaden private sector participation in financing such transactions.
Global sustainable investment now tops US$30 trillion—up 68 per cent since 2014 and tenfold since 2004. The acceleration has been driven by heightened social, governmental, and consumer attention on the broader impact of corporations, as well as by investors and executives who realise that a strong environmental, social, and governance (ESG) proposition can safeguard a company’s long-term success. This panel will explore how investors will grow in their sophistication in integration methodology and technology use especially in this era of climate and pandemic risks. We will also look at the future of ESG disclosures, and how specific ESG issues such as diversity and inclusion, and ESG in compensation will shape the global corporate agenda.
Global societies are facing pressing and urgent social and environmental problems, and the need for impact capital is greater than ever to serve underserved markets and communities. Currently estimated at US$715 billion and set to grow to up to US$26 trillion, the impact investing space continues to attract a fast-growing cohort of investors with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside strong financial returns. As we move into a post-Covid world, this session will discuss global and regional impact trends and both private and public investment opportunities such as financial inclusion, affordable healthcare, education, sustainable agriculture, green energy, amongst others. As flows continue to accelerate, this session will also focus on developments and challenges in this space including impact management and measurement, and how the fast-growing industry can evolve to efficiently deploy much needed capital to underserved communities.
COVID-19 has undeniably changed the way we go about our daily lives. It has made us more empathetic as a society, and yet more conscious of risks that lie ahead. What are the thematic trends that investors should pay attention to as we head into the decade of action for the climate and the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030? And how can we identify purposeful businesses that will show resilience and profitability in the long term?
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