ESG and Derivatives

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become increasingly important in financial markets, including derivatives. Recognizing this importance, the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) published a paper in July 2020 in cooperation with ISDA on the role of derivatives in sustainable finance. ISDA’s ESG and Derivatives virtual conference will explore policy responses to ESG, as well as look at recent progress and initiatives.

This is an ISDA Virtual Conference:

  • Registration for this conference is complimentary
  • Event will be live on September 30, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 11:25 AM EST  |  Timezone Converter


Curious as to what this event is all about?
ISDA's Global Head of Public Policy, Steven Kennedy is here to fill you in:


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Educational Credits

1.75 CPD Credit Hours Available

2 CPE Credit Hours Available

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9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome Remarks Scott O’Malia

Scott O’Malia, Chief Executive Officer, ISDA

9:20 AM Developments in ESG Regulatory Policy Steven Kennedy, Rostin Behnam, Morgan Després, Sven Gentner

Environmental, social and governance issues have become increasingly important from a policy perspective, as jurisdictions consider how to move towards a more sustainable economy. In this session, regulators from key jurisdictions will discuss the current and future direction of ESG-related policy initiatives. The impact and implications of these initiatives on the derivatives markets will also be explored.

Moderator: Steven Kennedy, Global Head of Public Policy, ISDA
Rostin Behnam, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Morgan Després, Deputy Head of the Financial Stability Department , Banque de France
Sven Gentner, Head of Unit for Asset Management, DG FISMA, European Commission

10:00 AM Break Scott O’Malia, Michael Peters

Bonus Session Sponsored by Eurex - Sustainable Derivatives: CEO Interview

Hosted by: Scott O’Malia, Chief Executive Officer, ISDA
Michael Peters, Chief Executive Officer, Eurex

10:15 AM Sustainable Finance Derivatives Products Roger Cogan, Isabelle Millat, Zubin Ramdarshan, Katharina Schwaiger

A variety of new ESG-related transactions that link returns to sustainability performance and impact have emerged in this market in recent months, alongside ESG derivatives. In this panel, market participants will share views on transactions that have emerged, and how sustainable finance derivatives trades are being structured.

Moderator: Roger Cogan, Head, European Public Policy, ISDA
Isabelle Millat, Head of Sustainable Investment Solutions, Société Générale
Zubin Ramdarshan, Head of Equity & Index Product Design, Eurex
Katharina Schwaiger, Investment Researcher, Factor Based Strategies Group, Blackrock

10:55 AM The Future of ESG Derivatives: Overcoming Key Challenges Stevi Iosif, Toby Belsom, Bernard Coopman, Dr. Karl-Peter Horstmann

What issues need to be addressed to facilitate the development of an ESG derivatives market? This panel will discuss whether there is a need for standardized terms and products, the role of market education and the importance of regulatory clarity and consistency.

Moderator: Stevi Iosif, Director of European Public Policy, ISDA
Toby Belsom, Director, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Bernard Coopman, Managing Director, Global Head Client Solutions Group, ING
Dr. Karl-Peter Horstmann, Head of Markets Regulation, RWE

11:25 AM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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