Sustainable Finance & Innovation


Eurosif is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion, Sustainable Finance & Innovation, as part of this year's Invest Week.

14.30 - 17.00 , Thursday 23 November  

EIB Brussels Office, Rond-point Robert Schuman 6 (map)

As sustainable finance has become inextricably integrated into the EU’s vision of a Capital Markets Union, the attention of policymakers and stakeholders has turned to the details of implementation. Sustainable innovation is a process where sustainability considerations (environmental, social, financial) are integrated into company systems from idea generation through to research and development (R&D) and commercialisation. This applies to products, services and technologies, as well as new business and organisation models. Innovative business models need the support of innovative yet sustainable financial systems, able to embed environmental, social and governance considerations.

Sustainable finance includes a strong green finance component that aims to support economic growth while reducing pressures on the environment, addressing green-house gas emissions and tackling pollution, minimising waste and improving efficiency in the use of natural resources.

What will sustainable finance regulation mean for individuals and organisations across Europe? In exploring the work of the Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) and recent developments in ESG reporting, Eurosif and Invest Europe hope to shed some light on the future of sustainable finance in the EU.

Addressing an audience of global investors and their advisors, investment industry influencers, policymakers, and the media as part of Invest Week, the panel discussion will focus on unveiling the implications of key determinants in Europe today, such as the future of ESG reporting, labelling, the role of the EU in shaping regulation and how they connect with the work of the HLEG.

Welcome note: Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director of Eurosif and member of the HLEG on Sustainable Finance, and Michael Collins, CEO of Invest Europe

Keynote speakers: Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the EIB, and Olivier Guersent, Director-General, Financial Stability, Financial Services and CMU

The panel includes:

  • Arlene McCarthy, Executive Director of AMC Strategy, former MEP and member of the HLEG on Sustainable Finance
  • Marta Jankovic, Invest Europe Chairman and Senior Sustainability and Governance Specialist, APG Asset Management
  • Jane Wilkinson, Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Jean Boissinot, Director, Financial Stability and Special Advisor on Green Finance at the French Treasury
  • Tim Mohin, CEO of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Robyn Klingler-Vidra, Lecturer in Political Economy at King's College London

Invest Week is a series of events that brings together the investment industry, entrepreneurs, consumer and employee bodies to meet with policymakers to develop a positive agenda, focused on Europe's economic future. This year’s theme is ‘Working together for a brighter future - investment and innovation’, exploring how to deliver sustainable growth through investment. 
Invest Week is supported by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.