Media Advisory: Experts examine role of investors in building sustainable capital markets

Feb 23, 2016

A panel of ESG (economic, social and governance) experts will discuss how capital is allocated and invested in global, regional and national economies at a special learning and networking event on Thursday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business.

Experts from the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Capital Stewardship Program (SEIU), bcIMC (British Columbia Investment Management Corporation) and SHARE (Shareholders Association for Research & Education) will also provide their perspectives on the role of investors in building sustainable capital markets.

The panel will discuss several topics, including:

• The role of stock exchanges in promoting sustainable capital markets, and the potential role for investors in shaping public policy.

• A new PRI report, Fiduciary duty in the 21st century, which finds that fiduciary duty is not an obstacle to asset owner action on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. 

• The 2015 SHARE report, Integrating the Economy and the Environment: An Overview of Canadian Capital Markets.

The event will also feature SFU Finance students presentations on integrating ESG factors into the management of the SFU graduate student investment portfolio, currently valued at $15.4 million.

Hosted by the SFU Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, PRI and SHARE, this public event is part of the 2016 BC Pension Summit and will appeal to media, organizations, and industry associations interested in sustainable capital markets and responsible investment. 

Media are invited to attend. No registration is necessary.

WHAT: Experts panel discussion on building sustainable capital market

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC; Room 1300-1500 (1st floor


The panel of speakers will be available for media inquiries after the discussion.

Photography is permitted.


Full list of speakers

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment:

SHARE (Shareholders Association for Research & Education):

Capital Stewardship Program‚ Service Employees International Union:

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation:

SFU Beedie School of Business Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability:


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