Sustainable Finance: An Impactful Approach
Consumers can create impact by spending their money at businesses they believe in – be it organic produce, ethical fashion or sustainably produced furniture. In financial markets, ESG investing is aiming to have a similar effect. By now, more than $30 trillion of professionally managed assets go to companies that promise to uphold certain standards with regard to the environment, society and government.
In this DLD All Stars session, Sir Ronald Cohen – a pioneer of impact investing – discusses these efforts with HypoVereinsbank CEO Michael Diederich and Acton Capital’s Elisabeth Löwenbourg-Brzezinski.
Sir Ronald Cohen
Global Steering Group for Impact Investment
Sir Ronald Cohen is recognized as the father of impact investment. A pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist and social innovator, he serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, the Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School and The Portland Trust. Sir Ronald was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK. He is the author of Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change.
A Principal at Acton Capital, Elisabeth Löwenbourg-Brzezinski aims to invest in game-changing companies and digitally native brands, including The Female Company, KOIO Collective and ArtNight. Prior to Acton Capital, she led a €200m coinvestment program at the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Michael Diederich is Spokesman of the Management Board of HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank AG as well as CEO Germany and member of the Executive Management Committee of UniCredit since January 2018. Diederich holds a doctorate in business administration and an auditor’s degree. He can look back on many years of experience in various management positions in the financial sector.