Episode

The path to a sustainable economy

The path to a sustainable economy: social and economic consequences of the coronavirus.

  • Masja Zandbergen, head of sustainability integration, Robeco
  • Fiona Reynolds, chief executive, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

 

This episode explores the key pillars of a sustainable recovery including the three important long term trends that need to be addressed climate change, loss of biodiversity and inequality.

It explores the key role for the finance industry which includes building new models that are not only about maximising monetary profits but also transition theory, and the value of ecological and social capital.

About Masja Zandbergen
She holds a Master’s in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a CEFA charterholder. Her background is in equity portfolio management, in which capacity she has been responsible for a global financials fund and European portfolios. Zandbergen started her career at Robeco in 1997, where in 2003 she joined the sustainable investing team and helped set up the active ownership (voting and engagement) approach, with specific responsibility for social issues. She then moved on to start her own company, and later became head of equity at Syntrus Achmea. Zandbergen rejoined Robeco in 2015 and in her current role as head of sustainability integration, she works with the investment teams on integrating ESG. She is the company’s spokesperson on the topic of sustainability and works with clients to share knowledge and expertise on this field.

About Fiona Reynolds
Fiona Reynolds is responsible for global operations. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the pension sector, working in particular with the Australian Government, and has played a key role in advocating pension policy change on behalf of working Australians. She has a particular interest in retirement outcomes for women. Prior to joining PRI, she spent seven years as chief executive at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, an association for Australian asset owners. Reynolds has been a director of AUSfund, Industry Funds Credit Control, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Women in Super. In September 2012, she was named one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence by the Australian Financial Review, for her work in public policy. Reynolds also serves on the International Integrated Reporting Council, the council for Tomorrow’s Company, the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, and the Business for Peace steering committee.

For PRI’s whitepapers and resources for asset owners visit www.unpri.org

About Amanda White
Amanda White is responsible for the content across all Conexus Financial’s institutional media and events. In addition to being the editor of Top1000funds.com, she is responsible for directing the global bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium which challenges global investors on investment best practice and aims to place the responsibilities of investors in wider societal, and political contexts. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters of Art in Journalism and has been an investment journalist for more than 25 years. She is currently a fellow in the Finance Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. The two-year program seeks to develop the next generation of responsible, community-spirited leaders in the global finance industry.

Sustainability in a time of crisis is a Top1000funds.com podcast collaboration with PRI, with support from Robeco

Sustainability issues have never been more important than they are right now. How can investors work together to use this unprecedented opportunity to put the promise of purpose-driven leadership and stakeholder capitalism into practice? This collaborative work with the PRI, with the support of Robeco, will showcase leadership in sustainability during a time of crisis.

White is responsible for the content across all Conexus Financial’s institutional media and events. In addition to being the editor of top1000funds.com, she is responsible for directing the bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium.