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28 July 2022

WISE Lecture Series:

“Sustainability and Finance”

Date – 28th July 2022
Time – 04pm – 06pm
Venue – Singapore Management University

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The task to accelerate sustainable finance to create and enable green solutions is critical. By some estimates, US$2 trillion in infrastructure investments will be needed over the next decade in Southeast Asia alone to enable the sustainable transition and put the region on the path to net-zero” Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and National Development, Singapore.

 

The finance industry is the golden key to ensuring a sustainable future for all. The financial sector – in all its myriad forms: public, private and blended finance etc – holds enormous discretionary power to direct scarce capital to small and large-scale projects as well as bring awareness to issues of sustainability, whether by allowing for research and development of alternative energy sources or supporting businesses that follow fair and sustainable trade and labour practices impacting global supply chains in the process.

 

Women have carved out an important niche in the field of sustainable finance, moving into the sector early on because of their interest in climate change and the environment. The proportion of women working in sustainable finance in Asia is anecdotally higher than other areas of finance, partly because banks did not consider this area a core-priority until recently.

 

At the same time, financial regulators are called on to play a substantial role in fostering and driving the adoption of sustainability disclosure standards worldwide.

 

This expert panel will explore:

 

Updates: The latest developments, standards and trends in sustainable finance and ESG investing with a particular focus on how this will inform corporate and individual actions in the region;

 

The Role of Technology: recent and ongoing progress in the area of verification and transparency, including insights on the role of data and technology to ensure integrity and trust in sustainability disclosures and financing platforms, including carbon financing;

 

Building robust taxonomies: recent progress by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX), analysing the opportunities and challenges ahead, in order to set a globally relevant baseline for sustainability disclosure to support sustainable finance;

 

Future jobs: highlighting women job roles in sustainable finance; the skillsets needed now and in the future.

Notes
 

* Members will be given priority and attendance will be subject to SMU’s COVID event protocols.

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