Financing the sustainable transition: engaging institutional and retail investors through financial innovation
Webinar promoted by ESGeneration Italy during the SRI Weeks
Monday, November 27th
14:00 – 15:30 CET
The sustainable transition and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require substantial investments in new technologies and solutions, with both public and private companies encouraged to invest in the development of these technologies while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Financial tools need to align with strategic goals, and companies must track progress, communicate key performance indicators, and engage with the financial community.
Global investors are supporting this transition, but small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which make up over 95% of businesses and contribute more than 40% to global GDP, may be overlooked by institutional investors due to their smaller scale. However, there is a growing interest in sustainable investing among retail investors, and innovative financial products can bridge the gap and provide opportunities for action.
The webinar was focused on concrete opportunities for companies, including SMEs, to expand their investor base by leveraging existing experiences and practices. It has also involved representatives from sustainable financial centers, who will share best practices and policies from different countries to contribute to this important conversation.
14:00-14:10 Welcome remarks and introduction
Gianfrancesco Rizzuti, COO, Italian Banking Insurance and Finance Federation and Member of the Executive Committee, ESGeneration Italy
Stephen Nolan, Managing Director, FC4S
14.10-14:25 “The role of Chief Financing Officer in driving low-carbon transition”
Fabrizio Palmucci, Senior Advisor, Climate Bonds Initiative
14:25-15:15 Round table discussion
“Financing the sustainable transition: experiences and best practices in involving institutional and retail investors”
- Navina Balasingam, General Manager, Capital Markets Malaysia
- Anna Marucci, Head of Debt and Funds Listing Italy, Italian Stock Exchange
- Malaika Rousseau, Senior Strategy and Policy Analyst, Rwanda Finance Limited, Kigali International Financial Center
Moderated by: Patrizia Celia, Head of Large Caps, Investment Vehicles & Sustainable Finance Partnership, Italian Stock Exchange and Member of the Executive Committee, ESGeneration Italy
15:15-15:25 Q&A Session
15:25-15:30 Closing remarks
Francesco Bicciato, Executive Director, Italian Sustainable Investment Forum (ItaSIF) and Member of the Executive Committee, ESGeneration Italy
The webinar was held in English. The video recording is available below.