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London Re-Investment Institute: Investing in Climate Solutions with Philanthropic and Family Office Capital

  • Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (map)

This Event is for Foundation and Family Office Asset Owners Only


Featuring: Connie Hedegaard, Chair, KR Fund, Former European Commissioner for Climate Action

Investing in the rapidly advancing clean energy economy is not always as simple as it sounds. Growing numbers of investors are taking capital out of fossil fuels and carbon intensive assets and are looking for opportunities to invest in climate solutions. Along the way some foundations and family offices have found themselves stuck and unable to move forward. Others have made progress and wish to do more.  There are many different reasons for this; from lack of product especially for investors with passive investment strategies, benchmarks skewed heavily towards fossil fuel commodities, and costs and conflicting advice from within the fund management sector. The reality is that we are in a period of relatively fast transition from a fossil fuel based economy to a renewable energy based economy, and our financial systems are lagging behind. Some asset management companies are looking for investors to take the lead, asking them to come together to agree a common mandate and commit funds to seed a new product. However, investors come in all shapes and sizes with different requirements and risk appetites.
 
This half-day seminar is convened by The Climate Solutions Collaborative, The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and the Environmental Funders Network and is an opportunity to explore and find ways through these challenges. We will hear from foundations and family offices that have started the journey from fossil fuel divestment to investment in climate solutions. We will also hear from professionals in the sector who are developing solutions for investors who wish to invest in climate solutions.

We hope to create an atmosphere of peer support in a small group setting to discuss and learn from one another about how to overcome some of the barriers to investing in climate solutions and explore where to pursue opportunities that are right for your institution. The professionals from the fund sector have been asked very explicitly not to pitch their services and products but to talk as honestly as possible. The seminar will be held under Chatham House Rule which means what individuals disclose is not to be discussed outside of the room and attributed to them.

Agenda Includes:

  • Remarks by Connie Hedegaard, Chair, KR Fund, Former European Commissioner for Climate Action
  • Featuring Perspectives from:
  • The Ashden Trust
  • The Vincent Trust and Blackrock
  • The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
  • Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
  • Mercer
  • Generation Investment Management
  • Ample group dialogue, sharingand discussion

This event is for trustees or senior executives of foundations and family office asset owners only. All participants must register in advance.  Space is limited to 20 attendees. Please RSVP to Beverley.huddy@sfct.org.uk.