Sustainability Digital – Sept 2021

Achieving net zero – the implementation challenge

What does it really mean to achieve a net zero strategy? As more and more investors make pledges for net zero they are tasked with setting a strategy to achieve net-zero. This session looked at the challenges of implementing those goals in portfolios what behaviour changes are needed and how do investors allocate?


Diane Griffioen CFA (1971) is, since September 2018 head of investments of ABP, the largest pension fund in the Netherlands. She is responsible for the investment policy that is carried out by our pension provider APG Asset Management in close coordination/consultation with ABP.

In the past, Diane served as managing director at ASN investment fund, managing director at Triodos investment management and head of investments at ING private banking and is a member of the investment committee of the Dutch Central Bank.

Additionally, she fulfills supervisory positions at pension funds Huisartsen en Hivos Triodos Fund and is a member of the investment committee of the Dutch Central Bank.

Diane has a degree in international financial economics, Erasmus program for commissioners and supervisors and is CFA charterholder.

Tom is the Commissioners’ chief investment officer, responsible for oversight of the investment function and management of the multi-asset portfolio. He previously worked as chief investment officer of RMB Asset Management after a number of years at Schroder Investment Management. He started his career at Royal Sun Alliance Investment Management and is an associate member of the CFA Society of the UK.


Fiona Reynolds is the chief executive of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the UN supported organisation, with 4,000 signatories which collectively represent over $100 trillion in assets under management. She is responsible for the PRI’s global operations.
Appointed at the beginning of 2013, Reynolds has 25 years’ experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as the chief executive.
She serves on the board of the UN Global Compact, she chaired of the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (The Liechtenstein initiative) and is now a member of the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) Global Steering Committee. Reynolds is also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the advisory board for the Green Investment Principles for the Belt and Road, the global steering committee for the Investor Agenda on Climate Action and the steering committee for Climate Action 100+. She is also on the investment committee for Laudes foundation and the advisory board for BASF and the advisory council of Bloomberg Green.
She was named by Barron’s magazine of one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally and has twice been named by the Australian Financial Review (AFR) as of one of Australia’s 100 women of influence for her work in financial services and responsible investment.

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