Understanding Sustainability Taxonomies – Globally and Regionally

Sustainability

12
Oct 2022

10:00 am - 1:30 pm

SIDC LAMS

Speakers : Mohd Ezzani Iswan Ismail (Moderator) | Vivian Zheng | Mushtaq Kapasi | Brian CK HO | Khairul Ridzwan Abdul Kuddus

Registration closing date is 3 business days before the programme date or when all seats are fully taken.
10 CPE

MYR 350 *Fee is not inclusive of 6% SST

Understanding Sustainability Taxonomies – Globally and Regionally

The capital markets may be affected by varied sustainability concerns in that it presents both risks and opportunities for the industry players and participants. As seen in recent times, environmental events have led to erratic weather patterns, rising water levels and severe flooding leading to the destruction of infrastructure, disruption of supply chains, posing material and even physical risks to businesses.

On the other hand, these concerns also present opportunities to increase the range of investment products and services that address sustainability issues such as renewable energy, green buildings, and climate-smart agriculture and cities. This is important because the capital markets have a vital role to play in directing capital flows to support a nation’s transition to a low carbon economy as well as other sustainable development goals. In tandem with the growing importance placed on sustainability by policymakers, investors ie. institutional, foreign and even retail are steering their investments towards businesses and activities that are truly sustainability based.

Amidst greenwashing controversies and other issues concerning sustainability by corporates and the many interpretations of what is `sustainable and responsible investments’ (SRI), however, how do capital market institutions respond to their clients’ increasing preferences for SRI if there is no formal and agreed-upon definition?  How do businesses align their business models and strategies to be truly within the ambit of SRI, particularly businesses with regional and international presence.

This is where a unified and standardised taxonomy comes into play to assist the capital market participants, whether fund managers, investment banks, financial institutions, investors and businesses, determine whether an economic activity or project qualifies as an SRI. This allows for consistency, accuracy and transparency in tracking and reporting.

This programme will cover discussions on the elements of a taxonomy framework, the developments of a unified taxonomy regionally and in Malaysia, while learning from other international and national experiences and leveraging on international best practices and science-based definitions to prevent Malaysian financial institutions, issuers, asset managers and other players from being left behind as the rest of the world converges towards a global standard.

Programme Objective

This programme will provide participants with insights on what an SRI taxonomy entails in terms of framework, concepts and drivers including SRI focused taxonomies across the globe, as benchmarks for the development of taxonomies in the region and Malaysia. This programme will help participants to advice their organisations on the application of SRI taxonomy for business strategies and agile models in the pursuit of SRI and better environmental, social and governance practices and aspirations by examining how international corporations are aligining their businesses to global standards and requirements.

 

Mode

Live Webinar

 

Target Audience

Individuals

C-Suites, Directors, Finance and Investment officer, Risk Management Officers, Sustainability and ESG officers, Capital Markets Services Representative’s License Holders (CMSRL), Fund Managers, Analysts, Investors, Academicians, University Students and Public.

Institutions

Public Listed Companies (PLCs), Consultancy Firms, Advisory Firms, Investment Banks, Asset management companies, Fund Management Companies, Investment & Private Equity Firms, Ratings Agencies and Stockbroking Firms.

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • List out the importance elements and impact of an SRI taxonomy
  • Explain the concept, approach and framework for SRI related taxonomies globally and regionally
  • Examine the application of taxonomies by major corporations and how they aligned their business practices towards SRI
  • Discuss the purpose and objectives of ASEAN and Malaysia based taxonomies and what the capital market players should look out for

Competencies

  1. Core – Risk Management (Proficiency Level 3)
  2. Foundational (Regulatory)  – Capital Market Products Regulations (Proficiency Level 3)
  3. Foundational (Products) – Capital Market Environment (Proficiency Level 3)
10.00 am Understanding Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) and the Taxonomies

  • SRI – Where are we at?
  • Taxonomy Frameworks Explained – Concept, Approach and Drivers
  • EU Taxonomy and SDG Finance Taxonomy (China) 2020
  • Regulator’s Principles and Role to promote better SRI implementation (EU, SEC)
  • The Importance of a Unified Taxonomy
  • Green Bond Standard and Guidelines:
    • ASEAN Green Bond Standards (AGBS) by ACMF
    • Green Bond Principles (GBP) by ICMA
    • Climate Bonds Standard (CBS) by CBI
  • Benchmarks and Sectors – Comparative Analysis

SRI Taxonomies in Practice

  • Stakeholders, Purpose and Defined Objectives
  • Framework and the Decision Tree
  • Major corporation’s strategies to incorporate SRI in business
  • Institutional Investor SRI policies

Speakers:

  1. Vivian Zheng, Head of ASEAN ESG Solutions, S&P Global
  2. Mushtaq Kapasi, Managing Director, Chief Representative Asia-Pacific, International Capital Market Association (ICMA), Hong Kong
11.30 am Screen Break
11.45 am Development of the ASEAN & Malaysia Taxonomy

  • ASEAN Capital Market development:
    • Roadmap for the ASEAN Sustainable Capital Markets
    • ACMF Action Plan 2021-2025
    • Benchmarks and Sectors
    • Framework and Plus Standards
    • ASEAN Member States Application
    • ASEAN Taxonomy Sustainable Finance – Version 1 and Plus Standards
    • Stakeholders, Purpose and Defined Objectives
  • SRI initiatives in Malaysia:
    • 12th Malaysia Plan
    • Joint Committee on Climate Change (JC3)
  • Green Capital Market:
    • Sustainability Index
      • Bonds (Green, Climate, Transition)
      • Funds (Low Carbon ETF, PE Infrastructure Fund)

Development of the Malaysian Taxonomy

  • Stakeholders, Purpose and Defined Objectives
  • Approach – Regulatory and Industry Principles and Perspective
  • Benchmarks and Sectors
  • Implementation Strategies

Speakers:

  1. Brian CK HO, Partner, Climate & Sustainability Assurance Leader for Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia, Deloitte
  2. Khairul Ridzwan Abdul Kuddus, Deputy General Manager, International Affairs, Securities Commission Malaysia
1.30 pm End of Programme

About the Speaker

Mohd Ezzani Iswan Ismail (Moderator)

ESG Consultant

Vivian Zheng

Head of ASEAN ESG Solutions, S&P Global

Mushtaq Kapasi

Managing Director, Chief Representative Asia-Pacific, International Capital Market Association (ICMA), Hong Kong

Brian CK HO

Partner, Climate & Sustainability Assurance Leader for Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia, Deloitte

Khairul Ridzwan Abdul Kuddus

Deputy General Manager, International Affairs, Securities Commission Malaysia

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