Sustainable Financial Markets: what can be expected beyond financial sustainability?

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Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, Amsterdam



The European capital markets ecosystem is expected to contribute to long-term sustainable development. This means that investors should be well equipped to take into consideration other aspects than the purely financial, such as materially relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, in an integrated and transparent manner.

However, the incorporation of these broad and sometimes internally contradicting components as well as the evolving policy framework and industry practice present significant challenges for the actors involved. During this year’s CEPS-ECMI conference hosted by ABN AMRO Clearing in Amsterdam, policy-makers, supervisors, market participants and academics are invited to share their experiences and views on the implementation of the sustainability in financial markets.

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13:00 - 14:00 Registration and lunch

14:00 -14-15 Welcome remarks

  •  Jan Bart de Boer, Chief Commercial Officer, ABN AMRO Clearing
  •  Karel Lanooo, Chief Executive Officer, CEPS/ECMI

14:15 -15:30 Session I – How to promote sustainability considerations into investment decisions?

In the past couple of years, there have already been many initiatives undertaken to include sustainability considerations into the decision making process of investors as well as the policy framework. This session will take stock of the main initiatives and the need for further actions.

  • Corien Wortmann-Kool, Chairwoman, Stichting Pensioenfonds, ABP
  • Paul Tang, European Parliament (S&D/PvdA)
  • Maarten Vleeschhouwer, Policy Expert Sustainable Finance, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Francesca Maritati, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, European Investment Bank

Moderator: Jan Bart de Boer, ABN AMRO Clearing

15:30-15:45 – Coffee break

15:45-16:45 – Session II – What role for financial infrastructures in addressing sustainability?

Financial market infrastructures (FMIs) sitting between investors and issuers provide trading and post-trading services for which the impact of sustainability can be less obvious. However, many call for a stronger involvement from such facilitators of financial market transactions to promote/discourage (un)sustainable investments. This session will discuss the extent that FMIs and other players can contribute to substantially changing the investment/securities value chain.

  • Pauline Engelberts, Global Chief Operations Officer, ABN AMRO Clearing
  • Achim Stefan Karle, Vice President, Sales Equity & Index Derivatives (ESG), Eurex
  • Maarten Botman, Head of ETF trading, Optiver
  • Hugo Brodie, Vice-President, London Metal Exchange

Moderator: Karel Lanooo, Chief Executive Officer, CEPS/ECMI

16:45-17:00 – Wrap up & closing remarks

  • Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive Officer, CEPS/ECMI
  • Jan Bart de Boer, Chief Commercial Officer, ABN AMRO Clearing.

17:00-18:00 – Cocktail