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.
Date23 November 2021
HostThe Academy of Business in Society
VenueOnline - ZOOM Meetings
FocusResponsible 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) .
Hans BiemansHead of Sustainable Markets, Managing Director, ING
Hans Biemans (Managing Director, MSc. MiF) is heading ING’s Sustainable Markets team and has over 20 years of experience in sustainability in the financial industry and brings in a wealth of green financing structuring knowledge. Hans’ experience includes membership of the executive committee of ICMA Green Bond Principles (GBPs), the creation of the ICMA Social Bond Principles an Sustainability Linked Bond Principles. Hans is chair of the Taxonomy working group of the European Banking Federation (EBF) and member of the Committee of Experts of SMK (Milieukeur), competent body for EU ecolabel, and an expert in eco-certification.
Roberta BosurgiCEO, European Venture Philantrophy Association
Roberta joined EVPA as CEO in September 2020 from Novartis where she covered international roles in strategy, business operations and market access. More recently, at the Novartis Foundation, she led a collective impact initiative for cardiovascular health in low-income urban settings, building multi-sector private-public partnerships and working with social enterprises on the journey to scale and financial sustainability.
Roberta is a purpose-driven visionary leader with an inclusive leadership style. She brings over 20 years of international corporate and management consulting experience. She started her career in marketing in consumer goods, worked in retail in the UK, served clients globally leading large change/ transformation programs with McKinsey&Co. Over 10 years ago Roberta transitioned into the healthcare and the not for profit sectors, motivated by a desire to improve access to care in high and low resources settings.
An Italian-national, she loves travelling and getting to know new cultures. She speaks fluent English and conversational French, German and Spanish. Roberta is married and has 2 boys- 15 and 12; they've recently moved to Brussels from Basel and getting adjusted to the new environment at Covid-times.
Adrie HeinsbroekChief Sustainability Officer, NN Investment Partners
Since 2021, Adrie Heinsbroek is Chief Investment Officer at NN Investment Partners (NN IP) and part of the Innovation and Responsible Investing (RI) Team. As CSO, Adrie is responsible for bringing external developments that shape NN IP’s operational surroundings and society, such as increased regulations and climate change, directly to the Board. He works on our policies and criteria to put capital to work in the economy and society.
His enthusiasm shows his personal dedication to Responsible Investing and Sustainability.
Adrie joined NN IP in 2017 as Principal Responsible Investment. Prior to this he was Head of Sustainability at ING Bank in Belgium.
In 1996, he obtained his MSc in Social Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Nancy Kamp-Roelands Professor of Non-financial information, Integrated reporting and Assurance, University of Groningen
Nancy Kamp-Roelands is a professor non-financial information, integrated reporting and assurance at the University of Groningen. She has an accountancy background and brings a unique combination of experience with large multinational organizations, (inter)national standard-setting and academic teaching and research. She started at the University of Groningen an online executive course sustainable entrepreneurship aimed at accounting and finance professionals. She is also a member of the committee accountancy and reporting of the Authority Financial Markets and of the Corporate Reporting Lab of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG). Earlier she was an associate partner at EYs climate change and sustainability serviceline.
Ivo MatserCEO, ABIS
Ivo Matser is a specialist in managing and leading organizational change in the corporate world and private academic institutions. He continuously pursues to increase the organizational value bringing internal and external perspectives into the process. He executes his profession from three different roles: as a senior executive manager, as board member and as consultant.
Ivo is an economist, a leadership expert and certified Expert Marketing Professional (EMP). He started his career in sports business and managed real estate, publishing and professional services companies. Since 2001, he has been in the position of CEO/President/Dean of private higher education institutions: SWOT Business School (NL), TSM Business School (NL), ISM University of Management and Economics (LT), GISMA Business School (D, UK). Ivo is also assessor for international institutional accreditations in several countries. Regularly he is a speaker at conferences and board room consultant at companies for designing and implementing strategies.
He has represented for more than 10 year academic institutions as member of ABIS and he was member of the Board of Directors of ABIS from 2017-2019.
Tim MesconExecutive Vice President and Chief Officer EMEA Headquarters, AACSB International
Timothy S. Mescon is executive vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for AACSB International. In this capacity, Mescon and his team currently support over 500 members and 150+ accredited schools throughout EMEA. Mescon and his team opened the EMEA Office in January 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Mescon is President Emeritus of Columbus State University in Georgia, where he served for 6 ½ years. Prior he was the dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He is the author of more than 200 articles and case studies, and he has co-authored four books, his latest "Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development" 2nd edition (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group).
Dr. Mescon received his Ph.D. from the Terry College at the University of Georgia, MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University and B.A. from Tulane University. He has served on the faculties of Arizona State University and the University of Miami. He was founding dean of the Frank Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University in Maryland.
Jörg RochollPresident, ESMT Berlin
Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, is the president of ESMT Berlin. He is also the vice-chair of the advisory board to the German Federal Ministry of Finance.
Jörg graduated from the Witten/Herdecke University, where he earned a degree in economics (with honors). After completing his PhD at Columbia University in New York, he was named an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof. Rocholl has researched and taught at ESMT since 2007 and was appointed president of ESMT in 2011. From 2010 until mid-2019, he held the EY Chair in Governance and Compliance.
Jörg’s research interests are in the areas of corporate finance, corporate governance, financial intermediation, central banks, and financial regulation. His research has been accepted for publication in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies.
Jörg is research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), research professor at the ifo Institute, chair of the scientific advisory board of the Research Database and Service Center (FDSZ) of Deutsche Bundesbank, vice-chair of the economic advisory board of Deutsche Welle, member of the scientific advisory board of DIW Berlin and advisory board member of The Public Governance Institute in Germany. In 2019 and 2020, he was the vice-chair of the Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association). He was both Lamfalussy and Duisenberg Fellow of the European Central Bank (ECB).
Carol TarrPortfolio Manager, Kavedon Kapital
Carol Tarr comes from Chicago, Illinois and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she majored in East Asian Studies and Religious Studies. She has a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS) from Harvard University, where she specialized in World Religions focusing on Buddhist ethics and was a researcher for the Pluralism Project.
After a year as an Included VC Fellow (Inaugural Cohort), Carol became an angel investor, investing in zero-waste delivery solutions. From there she made the career jump to Impact Investment as an Impact Change Advisor for FIIND Impact, conducting research into the values and investment goals of faith-based and mission-driven organizations.
Carol has been a lecturer in the Entrepreneurship and Small Business program at Nyenrode Business University since 2016 and previously worked at The Next Women where she was the architect behind the Fempower Your Growth Program which led to the creation of the well-known Borski Fund, a 35 Million EUR fund for women investing in female entrepreneurs, came from this same initiative.
Carol is President of the Harvard Club of the Netherlands and co-founder of Wominvest Observatory. She is currently participating in Stanford University and 500 Startup’s VC Unlocked Program.
Karolina SobczakKnowledge Manager, ABIS
Karolina Sobczak is Knowledge Manager at ABIS – The Academy of Business in Society, where she is responsible for identifying the most relevant sustainability themes and developing related projects, events and trainings. Passionate about leadership development, she is currently exploring holistic approaches to change, including coaching and awareness-based systems change.
Prior to joining ABIS in July 2015, she worked for a change management consultancy in Milan. Karolina holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology from Bocconi University and studied at the University of Denver in the US and at the Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden.
Iris van Wanrooij Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Emma Safety Footwear
Iris van Wanrooij
As Program Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Iris is responsible for sustainability and corporate social responsibility work within Hultafors Group’s Footwear division, which includes the brands EMMA, Solid Gear & Toe Guard. Hultafors Group is a Group of leading, innovative brands within the personal protection industry. In this international role, Iris is focusing on the adoption of sustainable production processes and materials in the footwear collections, implementing circular strategies and innovations, continuously improving the social and environmental practices in the supply chains together with the suppliers, embedding sustainability in the organization and on sharing CSR work with stakeholders. In this program, EMMA is working on a circular shoe collection with next-use applications, reverse logistics, a zero waste factory and fair working conditions and minimal risks in the supply chain.
Maarten Vleeschhouwer Head of PACTA, 2° Investing Initiative
Maarten Vleeschhouwer is the head of PACTA – a free and open source portfolio alignment tool - at 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, a global non-profit think tank. Previously, he worked as a seconded national expert at the European Commission’s DG FISMA, where he assisted in the implementation of the Commission Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth. Prior to that, he worked at the Dutch National Bank, which was one of the first central banks to use the PACTA scenario analysis tool. At DNB, Maarten served as special adviser to Frank Elderson on sustainable finance, and he helped launch the Network for Greening the Financial System. Maarten is a graduate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
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
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
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
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
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.