The ESG Race for USD 30 Trillion of Investment is on

06 Jun , 16:45–18:00
The Global Economy in Search of a Balance
Pavilion F, conference hall F3

Over the past decade, investors the world over have come to realize that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors can serve as reliable indicators of a company’s ability to achieve sustainable long-term growth and investor returns. Over 80% of the world’s largest corporations already report based on GRI or UN PRI metrics, but this trend is only beginning to gain traction in Russia. The ranks of ESG-conscious investors are growing, yet they are obliged to close positions in some of Russia’s best companies as these companies fail to meet ESG standards or cannot provide reliable data on their ESG metrics. Funds focusing on ESG portfolio screening have more than USD 30 trillion under management, so companies across industries can no longer ignore ESG. The Russian government is responding and state-owned companies will now be required to start disclosing non-financial ESG data as of 2020, with this requirement kicking in for all publicly-traded companies in 2021. Can Russia catch up and ultimately win the ESG race? Will ESG reporting help reverse the Russia discount trend for stocks? Who will set the benchmark for ESG in Russia?

Tom Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, EM

Remy Briand, Head of ESG, MSCI
Andrey Bugrov, Senior Vice President, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, MMC Norilsk Nickel; Vice President, Interros Holding Company CJSC
Anna Vasilenko, Managing Director for Key Clients and Issuer Relations, Moscow Exchange
Oleg Goshchansky, Chairman, Managing Partner, KPMG in Russia and the CIS
Pavel Grachev, Chief Executive Officer, Polyus
Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board, SIBUR Holding
Evgeniy Novitskiy, First Deputy General Director, PhosAgro
Jean Raby, Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Investment Managers
Dmitriy Sedov, Chairman, Goldman Sachs Russia
Alexander Shevelyov, Chief Executive Officer, Severstal Management
Alexei Yakovitsky, Global Chief Executive Officer, VTB Capital