IN-PERSON REGISTRATION CLOSES 6PM AEST TUESDAY 23 APRIL

Registration open
Welcome to Country

Welcome to Country - Uncle Allen Madden from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Conference Opening Address
Ross Piper
  • Ross Piper (Chief Executive Superannuation at Chief Executive Superannuation at Australian Ethical & Chair of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Ross Piper

    Chief Executive Superannuation at Chief Executive Superannuation at Australian Ethical & Chair of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Geopolitical risksKeynote: Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC
  • Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC (Australian National University, former Australian Foreign Minister & President Emeritus International Crisis Group)

    Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC

    Australian National University, former Australian Foreign Minister & President Emeritus International Crisis Group
Navigating geopolitics: Responsible investors' risk in an uncertain world
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KCEstelle ParkerJoachim KlementKim Randle

Russia's invasion of Ukraine in early 2022 caught many investors by surprise as they sought to understand the human rights and political risks posed by the invasion. Other conflicts and political developments around the world continue to pose similar challenges and many remain on the back foot. What frameworks are available to think about political risk? And what are the data gaps? This session will explore the geopolitical risks facing Australia, the links between geostrategic risks, supply chains, food security and human rights, how these risks are relevant to responsible investors, and how investors can navigate these risks in an uncertain world.

  • Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC (Australian National University, former Australian Foreign Minister & President Emeritus International Crisis Group)

    Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC KC

    Australian National University, former Australian Foreign Minister & President Emeritus International Crisis Group
  • Estelle Parker (Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Estelle Parker

    Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Joachim Klement (Head Strategy, Accounting and Sustainability at Liberum and author of 'Geoeconomics: The Interplay between Geopolitics, Economics, and Investments')

    Joachim Klement

    Head Strategy, Accounting and Sustainability at Liberum and author of 'Geoeconomics: The Interplay between Geopolitics, Economics, and Investments'
  • Kim Randle (CEO and Co-Founder of Fair Supply)

    Kim Randle

    CEO and Co-Founder of Fair Supply
Stewardship and active corporate engagementKeynote: Deanne Stewart, CEO of Aware Super
Deanne StewartDean Hegarty

Discover valuable insights from Deanne Stewart, CEO of Aware Super - the third-largest super fund in Australia, managing $150 billion for over 1 million members. Explore Stewart's experiences and lessons learned as Aware Super actively engages with companies, leveraging shareholder responsibility to drive positive change within its investments, particularly in areas such as climate action, digitisation and the integration of AI. Uncover real-life examples of successful corporate engagement and the intricacies involved in effectively communicating these achievements to members and stakeholders.

  • Deanne Stewart (Chief Executive Officer at Aware Super)

    Deanne Stewart

    Chief Executive Officer at Aware Super
  • Dean Hegarty (Co-CEO of RIAA)

    Dean Hegarty

    Co-CEO of RIAA
Morning tea
Private equity, fixed income, real assets... What's the best way of investing in the climate transition?
Xuan Sheng Ou YongHelena FungKristy GrahamErika Rodriguez

Experts will discuss advantages and challenges of the various ways to reduce emissions and invest in the transition, from private equity to index investments to fixed income.

  • Xuan Sheng Ou Yong (Sustainable Fixed Income Lead, Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas Asset Management)

    Xuan Sheng Ou Yong

    Sustainable Fixed Income Lead, Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas Asset Management
  • Helena Fung (Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Asia Pacific at London Stock Exchange Group)

    Helena Fung

    Head of Sustainable Finance and Investment, Asia Pacific at London Stock Exchange Group
  • Kristy Graham (Chief Executive Officer at Australian Sustainable Finance Institute)

    Kristy Graham

    Chief Executive Officer at Australian Sustainable Finance Institute
  • Erika Rodriguez (Head of Sustainable Investing APAC at KKR)

    Erika Rodriguez

    Head of Sustainable Investing APAC at KKR
New track unveiled: Sustainability Classifications Initiative launch
Estelle ParkerHamish ChamberlayneGuneet RanaDean Hegarty

RIAA's Certification Symbol is a mark of quality: it indicates that a product is true-to-label, underpinned by reliable fit-for-purpose investment processes and supported by above-market disclosures. Join us for the launch of our new Sustainability Classifications, an extension of the Certification Program. Hear first-hand what the 'Responsible', 'Sustainable' and 'Sustainable Plus' classifications mean, and how they serve as a roadmap for sustainable investment criteria in the fast evolving world of asset management.

  • Estelle Parker (Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Estelle Parker

    Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Hamish Chamberlayne (Head of Global Sustainable Equities at Janus Henderson)

    Hamish Chamberlayne

    Head of Global Sustainable Equities at Janus Henderson
  • Guneet Rana (Head of Responsible Investment at Colonial First State)

    Guneet Rana

    Head of Responsible Investment at Colonial First State
  • Dean Hegarty (Co-CEO of RIAA)

    Dean Hegarty

    Co-CEO of RIAA
Lunch
TechRights NexusIntroductory Remarks: Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner at Australian Government
  • Julie Inman Grant (eSafety Commissioner at Australian Government)

    Julie Inman Grant

    eSafety Commissioner at Australian Government
TechRights Nexus: The intersection of Digital Tech, including AI and Human Rights: RIAA's Human Rights Working Group
Julie Inman GrantMark LysterJessica CairnsAmy Krizanovic

Explore the expansive nexus between Digital Technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Human Rights. Notwithstanding the potential advantages of AI, there are growing concerns about the negative impacts of poorly designed and/or the improper use of AI on basic human rights. Exploring strategies to assess financial risks, evaluate human rights impact, and champion public policy and regulatory change. Join us for the unveiling of the eagerly awaited Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights toolkit, providing essential resources to navigate this critical intersection.

  • Julie Inman Grant (eSafety Commissioner at Australian Government)

    Julie Inman Grant

    eSafety Commissioner at Australian Government
  • Mark Lyster (Director of Lyster & Associates / Edge Impact)

    Mark Lyster

    Director of Lyster & Associates / Edge Impact
  • Jessica Cairns (Head of ESG and Sustainability at Alphinity Investment Management)

    Jessica Cairns

    Head of ESG and Sustainability at Alphinity Investment Management
  • Amy Krizanovic (Head of ESG at Magellan Asset Management)

    Amy Krizanovic

    Head of ESG at Magellan Asset Management
Revving up First Nations Cultural Heritage ProtectionKeynote: Rachel Perkins
Rachel PerkinsEstelle Parker

The destruction of Juukan Gorge in 2020 on the traditional lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (Binigura) peoples marked a turning point in the broader awareness of the value and importance of Country and cultural heritage, not only First Nations Peoples but for all Australians. Unfortunately, the destruction of precious cultural heritage against the wishes of the Traditional Owners occurs on a daily basis. As investors became more aware that the destruction of First Nations’ cultural heritage poses a legal, reputational and operational risk, RIAA came together with the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance and UN Global Compact Network to produce comprehensive guides to help the private sector do its part to protect cultural heritage in Australia. Hear from one of Australia’s most significant storytellers about the importance of cultural heritage to First Nations peoples, and what investors can do to ensure its protection.

  • Rachel Perkins (Writer, Director, Producer, founder of Blackfella Films and Co-Chair of Yes23)

    Rachel Perkins

    Writer, Director, Producer, founder of Blackfella Films and Co-Chair of Yes23
  • Estelle Parker (Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Estelle Parker

    Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Afternoon tea
Paving the way for First Nations Investment Markets: Insights from RIAA's First Nations Peoples' Rights Working Group
Brian WybornWill LeakAmanda YoungCaleb Adams

The Indigenous economy has been largely left out of financing and investment opportunities in the development of the Australian economy. First Nations peoples are absent from opportunities of wealth creation, and many communities lack necessary infrastructure and services such as education, economic development and health. The session will provide initial insights on the opportunities for First Nations Investment Markets with key findings from industry consultations by RIAA's First Nations Peoples' Rights Working Group, as the race to close the gap continues.

  • Brian Wyborn (Managing Partner at First Australians Capital)

    Brian Wyborn

    Managing Partner at First Australians Capital
  • Will Leak (Senior Sustainable Investment Analyst at Mercer)

    Will Leak

    Senior Sustainable Investment Analyst at Mercer
  • Amanda Young (Executive Director of Pollination)

    Amanda Young

    Executive Director of Pollination
  • Caleb Adams (Associate Director, ESG & Sustainable Investment of E&P Financial Group)

    Caleb Adams

    Associate Director, ESG & Sustainable Investment of E&P Financial Group
Modern slavery risk and reporting: Where to from here?
Kuldeep YadavDr James CockayneMåns Carlsson OAMVanessa Zimmerman

Despite claims of zero tolerance, modern slavery persists globally, raising concerns even as reporting mechanisms proliferate. Join us in exploring the next steps in combating modern slavery risks. Delve into anticipated policy changes, both in Australia and worldwide, with a spotlight on the introduction of Australia's new Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Gain valuable insights into how investors and companies can proactively identify and navigate the complex terrain of modern slavery risks.

  • Kuldeep Yadav (Head of ESG & Climate Research, Australia and New Zealand at MSCI)

    Kuldeep Yadav

    Head of ESG & Climate Research, Australia and New Zealand at MSCI
  • Dr James Cockayne (NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner)

    Dr James Cockayne

    NSW Anti-slavery Commissioner
  • Måns Carlsson OAM (Head of ESG at Ausbil Investment Management)

    Måns Carlsson OAM

    Head of ESG at Ausbil Investment Management
  • Vanessa Zimmerman (CEO of Pillar Two)

    Vanessa Zimmerman

    CEO of Pillar Two
Conference Day 1 wrap up
Arti Prasad
  • Arti Prasad (Partner, Sustainable Investments at Mercer & RIAA Board Member)

    Arti Prasad

    Partner, Sustainable Investments at Mercer & RIAA Board Member
Registration open
Welcome back from RIAA
Dean Hegarty
  • Dean Hegarty (Co-CEO of RIAA)

    Dean Hegarty

    Co-CEO of RIAA
Greenwashing: A view from the regulatorKeynote: Joe Longo
  • Joe Longo (Chair of Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC))

    Joe Longo

    Chair of Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
Learnings from the fight against greenwashing to date
Joe LongoMaya BeyhanCaroline RamscarFarren Williams

Hear from the Chair of the Australian Securities & Investment Commission about ASIC's greenwashing regulations and priorities. With increasing regulatory scrutiny of responsible investment claims made by financial product and a race forward on product labelling, how do you stay out of the sights of regulators? How can investors comply? What should our sector do to raise the bar for responsible and values-based investors in substantiating their responsible investment claims? What are the big challenges and learnings we see through Certification, product issuers and index providers?

  • Joe Longo (Chair of Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC))

    Joe Longo

    Chair of Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)
  • Maya Beyhan (Senior Director, ESG Specialist, Index Investment Strategy of S&P Dow Jones Indices)

    Maya Beyhan

    Senior Director, ESG Specialist, Index Investment Strategy of S&P Dow Jones Indices
  • Caroline Ramscar (ESG Investment Specialist & Vice President of T. Rowe Price)

    Caroline Ramscar

    ESG Investment Specialist & Vice President of T. Rowe Price
  • Farren Williams (Adviser & Partner at KODA CAPITAL PTY LTD)

    Farren Williams

    Adviser & Partner at KODA CAPITAL PTY LTD
DE&I: The case for Disability, Equity and Inclusion
Chris NewtonChristina RyanHilary ThorpeKatie Wyatt

The diversity debate has been led by gender equity, but there is more to 'Diversity, Equity & Inclusion'. Global studies show that people with disability stay in jobs longer, make fewer workers' compensation claims and are even proven better managers. But they are employed at a rate 30% lower than the general population, and make up a negligible percentage of corporate boards. Inclusion of people with disability in corporate strategy and product design presents opportunities to target 20% of the global population. So, why is incorporating disability into DE&I considerations so difficult? Join the discussion to learn more about what leading investors are doing to lead the charge in this next Diversity, Equity & Inclusion frontier.

  • Chris Newton (Founder of Stakeholder Capital)

    Chris Newton

    Founder of Stakeholder Capital
  • Christina Ryan (CEO of Disability Leadership Institute)

    Christina Ryan

    CEO of Disability Leadership Institute
  • Hilary Thorpe (Head of Legal - Corporate at AGL)

    Hilary Thorpe

    Head of Legal - Corporate at AGL
  • Katie Wyatt (Head of Culture and Inclusion at Coles Group)

    Katie Wyatt

    Head of Culture and Inclusion at Coles Group
Morning tea
Navigating the evolving nature of sustainability strategies within corporates
Alison TaylorKate Dundas

Corporate engagement and shareholder action are now the most significant responsible investment approach used by investment managers in Australia, together with ESG integration. But some companies report finding this challenging. Dr Associate Professor Alison Taylor, internationally renowned for her work on the role of corporate sustainability professionals and author of Higher Ground - How business can do the right thing in a turbulent world, will discuss how corporates are navigating investor interest in sustainability issues, and the challenges this increased focus poses for companies on the receiving end of this engagement, as well as the evolving role of the sustainability professional globally.

  • Alison Taylor (Clinical Associate Professor at New York University Stern School of Business)

    Alison Taylor

    Clinical Associate Professor at New York University Stern School of Business
  • Kate Dundas (Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Australia)

    Kate Dundas

    Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Australia
Net zero energy speedway: Fact or fiction?
Fiona WildZoe WhittonJoachim KlementVanessa (Fernandes) Sullivan

As the race to net zero accelerates and the Australian Government develops sector transition pathways, experts are debating how the sector can decarbonise without causing major disruption to energy supplies. How can the energy sector accelerate decarbonisation to support Australia's Paris Agreement comittments? To what extent can existing technologies be relied upon? What should the role of gas be in the transition? How can long-term investors support the transition? And what opportunities exist as the transition to a low-carbon economy accelerates? Join the high-speed discussion where experts will explore the challenges and opportunities in decarbonising the sector.

  • Fiona Wild (Group Climate and Sustainability Officer at BHP)

    Fiona Wild

    Group Climate and Sustainability Officer at BHP
  • Zoe Whitton (Head of Strategy and Impact at Pollination)

    Zoe Whitton

    Head of Strategy and Impact at Pollination
  • Joachim Klement (Head Strategy, Accounting and Sustainability at Liberum and author of 'Geoeconomics: The Interplay between Geopolitics, Economics, and Investments')

    Joachim Klement

    Head Strategy, Accounting and Sustainability at Liberum and author of 'Geoeconomics: The Interplay between Geopolitics, Economics, and Investments'
  • Vanessa (Fernandes) Sullivan (Non-Executive Director of AGL)

    Vanessa (Fernandes) Sullivan

    Non-Executive Director of AGL
Lunch
What's in a name? Navigating responsible investment product labelling
Shalini SamuelPablo BerruttiTom KingEmma Pringle

Assertions have been made that the term 'ESG' is used to misrepresent the extent of the positive environmental and social impact of certain investments. Increased scrutiny globally of ESG funds, and suggestions that ESG investing is "woke" has prompted some of the world's biggest asset managers to close ESG-labelled funds. But has this stopped investors from scrutinising ESG risks? Does this affect investment strategies? What about terms like "Sustainable", "Impact" and "Green"? What's in a name? Join us as we delve into the intricacies of responsible investment product labelling and the implications behind these terms.

  • Shalini Samuel (Head of Certification at RIAA)

    Shalini Samuel

    Head of Certification at RIAA
  • Pablo Berrutti (Senior Investment Specialist at Stewart Investors)

    Pablo Berrutti

    Senior Investment Specialist at Stewart Investors
  • Tom King (Chief Investment Officer at Nanuk Asset Management)

    Tom King

    Chief Investment Officer at Nanuk Asset Management
  • Emma Pringle (Head of ESG and Portfolio Manager at Maple-Brown Abbott)

    Emma Pringle

    Head of ESG and Portfolio Manager at Maple-Brown Abbott
What is 'Nature Positive' anyway? RIAA's Nature Working Group
Tony GoldnerClaire MolinariKristina HermansonStan Lui

There is much talk about ‘nature-positive’, ‘nature-related’ and ‘biodiversity risks and opportunities' in the finance space. But what do all these terms really mean? Join our panel of experts who work at the heart of these issues as they delve into nature-related risks and opportunities, the race towards ‘nature positive’ and the questions you need to ask when making investment decisions.

  • Tony Goldner (Executive Director of Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures)

    Tony Goldner

    Executive Director of Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
  • Claire Molinari (Head of ESG at CareSuper and Co-Chair of RIAA's Nature Working Group)

    Claire Molinari

    Head of ESG at CareSuper and Co-Chair of RIAA's Nature Working Group
  • Kristina Hermanson (Head of APAC and Africa at Nuveen Natural Capital)

    Kristina Hermanson

    Head of APAC and Africa at Nuveen Natural Capital
  • Stan Lui (Owner/Director of Five Cubed Environmental Indigenous Consultants)

    Stan Lui

    Owner/Director of Five Cubed Environmental Indigenous Consultants
Afternoon tea
Meeting member needs in a world of choiceKeynote: Peter Chun
Peter ChunEstelle Parker

Peter Chun, CEO of UniSuper, one of Australia’s largest super funds will share his thoughts about the importance of giving super fund members choices that align with their values. He will discuss the labelling of ESG themed products in the context of greenwashing and the challenge of helping members investing in these products understand what it is that they are investing in.

  • Peter Chun (Chief Executive Officer at UniSuper)

    Peter Chun

    Chief Executive Officer at UniSuper
  • Estelle Parker (Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Estelle Parker

    Co-CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Workplace culture: A race to productivity, retention and bottom line
Elizabeth Broderick AORoss Piper

Investors increasingly understand that a healthy workplace culture positively impact productivity, employee retention and the bottom line. Hear from Elizabeth Broderick AO, Australia's former Sex Discrimination Commissioner and UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur, on what the challenges are, what leading practice looks like, and what investors can do to shape a workforce free from harassment and bullying.

  • Elizabeth Broderick AO (Former UN Special Rapporteur at UN Human Rights Council and former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner)

    Elizabeth Broderick AO

    Former UN Special Rapporteur at UN Human Rights Council and former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner
  • Ross Piper (Chief Executive Superannuation at Chief Executive Superannuation at Australian Ethical & Chair of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Ross Piper

    Chief Executive Superannuation at Chief Executive Superannuation at Australian Ethical & Chair of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Conference Closing Address
Liza McDonald
  • Liza McDonald (Head of Responsible Investment at Aware Super & RIAA Board Member)

    Liza McDonald

    Head of Responsible Investment at Aware Super & RIAA Board Member
Drinks in the foyer