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20th ABIS Annual Colloquium 2021
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20th ABIS Annual Colloquium 2021

Driving impact through responsible investing

The conference will create a dialogue between practitioners and academics centering on the question: how to enhance positive business impact on society through responsible investing? In particular, it will address the benefits and opportunities for business and business schools.

Date 23 November 2021
Host The Academy of Business in Society
Venue Online - ZOOM Meetings
Focus Responsible Investing: opportunities for business and business schools

The conference will create a dialogue between practitioners and academics centering on the question: how to enhance positive business impact on society through responsible investing?

The conference welcomes: responsible investing professionals, business practitioners, as well as scholars and educators in business, management and sustainable finance. The event is an opportunity for them to engage with each other, learn and discuss the latest insights and developments.

In recent times, we have seen significant developments in responsible investing. First of all, the uptake of ESG criteria has seen unprecedented acceleration. Once considered “niche” strategies, ESG adoption is now widespread and mainstream. The growth of responsible investing was also influenced by the 2030 Agenda and, in particular, the Paris climate agreement that led to commitments to align financial flows with the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. In the EU context, the European Green Deal promotes an ambitious package of measures. Most recently, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic further exposed the dire need for investments supporting a resilient economy and society. How can we ensure that the way out of the current crisis is also used to boost sustainability progress?

During the 20th ABIS Annual Colloquium we aim to examine the following

  • How can we accelerate progress on sustainability through responsible investing?
  • How can business capture the benefits of responsible investing and develop low-carbon, circular and socially responsible solutions?
  • What can be the role of academia and business education?

The conference features four sections. In the morning, it offers high level and practice-based views on responsible investing (sessions 1&2) , as well as corporate perspectives (sessions 3) . In the afternoon, it focuses on sharing the latest research findings from academics and practitioners (session 4) , and a reflection on the role of business schools and the effects of integrating responsible investing in management education (Session 5) .

Colloquium report

Driving impact through responsible investing





9:00 – 9.10


  • Karolina Sobczak - Knowledge Manager, ABIS

9:10 – 9:30

Session 1. Keynote speech – Investing for a sustainable future

The opening keynote will address the role of (sustainable) investors in fostering a shift towards more sustainable business practices and social and environmental value creation. It will give a brief overview on the concept and practice of responsible investing, and address the question: is responsible investing a pure financial issue or a broader business issue? We will also hear about the latest developments and commitments in responsible investing in light of COP26 and the need for aligned management and leadership education.

  • Adrie Heinsbroek - Chief Sustainability Officer, NN Investment Partners

9:30 - 10:30

Session 2. Panel discussion: Investors and banks as changemakers - making it work
The panel discussion will present real-world perspectives on how ESG factors are influencing investing decisions to ensure long-term sustainable returns, business success and societal prosperity. The session will address what responsible investing means for key players, offer different views on existing challenges and opportunities and reflect on needed changes, acceleration and incentives.

  • Hans Biemans - Head of Sustainable Markets, Managing Director, ING
  • Nancy Kamp-Roelands - Professor of Non-financial information, Integrated Reporting and Assurance, University of Groningen
  • Carol Tarr – Portfolio Manager, Kavedon Kapital
  • Maarten Vleeschhouwer -  Head of PACTA, 2° Investing Initiative
  • Moderator: Ivo Matser - Chief Executive Officer, ABIS

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Session 3. Company perspectives and opportunities 
The session will feature two cases which exemplifies ways in which business can integrate, benefit from and create positive impact by adopting responsible investing principles and strategies. The two cases will share lessons learned and solutions, as well as progress on the sustainability transformation.

Managing sustainability reporting and circular transformation

  • Iris van Wanrooij - Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Emma Safety Footwear

Creating social impact through innovative financing approaches

  • Roberta Bosurgi - CEO, European Venture Philantropy Association

11:45 – 12:45

Lunch break

12:45 – 14:30

Session 4. Latest research findings 

The session will feature academic and practitioner research presentations which will take a critical look at the developments in responsible investing and sustainable finance, what this means for companies and what are future recommendations.

4.1 ESG, Corporate Governance and Value Creation

Chair: Joan Fontrodona - Professor and Director of Business Ethics Department, IESE Business School

Presented research:

  • Firm ESG Performance: the relevance to profitability and value - Habeeb Bolaji Yahya, Turku School of Economics
  • Exploring the links between ESG supervision and performance - Adrie Heinsbroek & Florentine van den Eerenbeemt, NN Investment Partners & Glass Lewis
  • Stakeholder Value Index (SVI) A Holistic Approach to Purpose, People, Planet and Prosperity - Rashed Hasan, George Mason University
  • Investigating the relationship on UNGC membership and ESG performance - Rodrigo Kambayashi, IESEG School of Management
  • Green Products and ESG Engagement Strategies – Irina Bakhtina & Yury Blagov, GSoM St. Petersburg University

4.2 Responsible Investing approaches and performance

Chair: Luk Van Wassenhove - Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD

Presented research:

  • Top-down versus bottom-up investing in green bond funds: a case study review – Isobel Edwards, NN Investment Partners 
  • ESG investment performance compared to non-ESG - Davide Bonomi, ESMT Berlin 
  • Towards a definition of Ethical Investment - Quintin Rayer, Coventry University & P1 Investment Management Ltd 
  • Shareholder-initiated environmental and energy resolutions: Too little too late? Suzette Viviers & Lee-Ann Steenkamp, Stellenbosch University
  • Assessing strategies and tools of Christian-Influenced SRI funds - Joel Diener, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

14:30 – 14:45


14:45 – 15:45

Session 5. Fishbowl discussion: Responsible Investing and sustainability education – are business schools missing out?

Focus: Missing from discussions around responsible investing has been the consideration of how both enhanced investor appetite for more responsible investments as well as increased business response to this could or should have an effect on business school curricula and the potential role of business schools in post-Covid recovery. This interactive session will reflect on what is the reality of responsible investing education in business school – is this on the radar? How is this evolving field influencing educational programmes? What does this mean for sustainability education? How can business schools educate leaders with a more integrated understanding of sustainable decisions-making?
Opening statements by:

  • Jörg Rocholl - President, ESMT Berlin
  • Tim Mescon - Executive Vice President and Chief Officer, EMEA, AACSB

15:45 – 16:00

Concluding remarks 

  • Ivo Matser - Chief Executive Officer, ABIS

Patricipants´ briefing 

Call for papers

In order to strengthen the dialogue between practitioners and academics about theoretical and practical challenges on enhancing positive business impact on society through responsible investing, ABIS invites invited academic researchers and practitioners to submit research on responsible investing, ESG-related development and corporate reporting. 

The deadline for submission was 31 October 2021. You can access the Call for papers HERE.



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