People, Planet and Profit - a winning mix! Fourteenth edition of the TBLI CONFERENCE(TM) ends today.
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Zürich, November 9, 2012
People, Planet and Profit - a winning mix! Fourteenth edition of the TBLI CONFERENCETM ends today.
Featuring luminaries such as Paul Rose, BBC Antarctic explorer; and "rock stars" of the Environmental, Social and Governance movement, such as Pavan Sukhdev, Martin Rapaport and Steve Howard, attendees of this year's TBLI conference will leave knowing much more about how they can mobilize capital to do good.
The Triple Bottom Line Investment (TBLI) CONFERENCE2012 (www.tbliconference.com), the largest and longest running conference in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment industry featured 18 workshops, 2 round-tables and 5 keynotes and was attended by 500 delegates from around the world.
Supported by partners such as Chipsol, BNY Mellon Asset Management, Bank Sarasin & Cie Ltd, Natixis AM, Credit Suisse, Thomson Reuters, Inrate, UBS, and Zürcher Kantonalbank this year's conference was hailed as a great success. Highlights included Pavan Sukhdev's new vision for tomorrow's corporation 'Corporation 2020', Martin Rapaport's overview of the sustainable economic development movement through the diamond industry and Steve Howard from Ikea sharing his views on how to make sustainability attractive and affordable for everyone.
Also during this edition of the TBLI CONFERENCE 5 TBLI ESG Leaders Awards for outstanding achievements in the ESG & IMPACT Investing space were handed out by TBLI GROUP(TM) CEO, Robert Rubinstein.
Overview of all TBLI ESG Leaders Awards 2012 winners:
Award for Best Investor in ESG
Sponsored by Natixis AM
WINNER: Evangelisches Johannesstift (EJS)
Award for Best Asset Manager Investing in ESG
Sponsored by BNY Mellon AM
WINNER: Vontobel Asset Management
Award for Best Research House/ Consultant in ESG
Sponsored by Chipsol
WINNER: oekom research AG
Award for Best IMPACT Investing Product
Sponsored by Credit Suisse
WINNER: SJF Ventures
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Development of ESG & IMPACT Investing
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
WINNER: Hazel Henderson
Next year's conference will take place November 7 & 8 2013 in Zürich, Switzerland. To learn more about mobilizing capital for sustainable investments. More information can be found on www.tbligroup.com.
What is ESG?
According to the Financial Times lexicon the 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.
What is IMPACT Investing?
According to Investopedia, Impact investing or sustainable investing consists of a plethora of investment choices that match with an investor's set of beliefs. These choices are usually highly illiquid and stem from areas such as carbon finance to social and environmental causes. However, the definition can be expanded to include faith-based investing as well as that of philanthropic interests. There is definitely room for profitability as according to the Rockefeller Foundation; impact investing is an industry which is valued at as much as $500 billion over the next decade.
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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.
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