As part of AccountAbility’s commitment to advancing the sustainability agenda, we partnered with Climate Action and the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) to discuss the Future of Sustainable Finance
On Thursday, October 15th, AccountAbility’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Sunil A. Misser, virtually moderated a panel about what it means to “Drive Real Change in Sustainable Finance in a Post-Pandemic Society” – the feature event in“Part 4” of the Sustainable Investment Forum North America program agenda.
This panel brought together esteemed academics and industry thought leaders –such as:
- Mamadou-Abou Sarr, President and Chief Executive Officer, V-Square Quantitative Management, and French Foreign Trade Advisor
- Dr. C. Adam Schlosser, of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at MIT
- Ivan Frishberg, Director of Impact Policy, Amalgamated Bank and Member of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF)
- Dr. Gita R. Rao, of the MIT Sloan School of Management
- Rob Zochowski, of Harvard Business School’s Impact-Weighted Accounts Project
Mr. Misser expertly guided a dynamic conversation around the following key questions:
- From the perspective of CEOs and Boards, how do we transition the ESG agenda from a “nice to have” to a “have to have” priority?
- There is considerable discussion about how the Financial Services sector has failed to address ESG matters in a satisfactory manner – what is “at stake” here, and what solutions does the panel propose to improve the sector’s response?
- What are some effective practices and protocols of making the "bridge" between academia and business work better to drive meaningful and impactful change?
- Are AI technologies, quantitative methodologies, and mega-information databases a “means to an end,” or the next “stairway to heaven?”
- What are the three "big things" that will have the biggest impact on our lives in the next 3-5 years?