09.45 Panel discussion: EU Sustainable Finance: A Regulator’s Perspective
This panel will discuss the regulatory priorities of the ESAs and IOSCO and the actions that have been taken in this respect by each ESA and the Joint Committee as well as by the relevant groups of IOSCO. Furthermore, the discussion will also cover the regulatory considerations in two specific jurisdictions, i.e. France and Italy which are among the leader authorities in tackling ESG issues, and Greece which is the host of the event and will present the actions being taken.
12.00 Panel discussion: The Global Dimension of Sustainable Finance: Policy Considerations
The second panel will discuss mainly the strategic decisions that have been taken in the context of the EU Green Deal and the policy considerations in this respect. The issue of sustainability remains an important challenge for every country and Greece has already taken a number of steps in this direction. Furthermore, the discussion will cover the global situation going forward to sustainability.
Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Bank of Greece
Professor of Finance and Economics, Department of Banking and Financial Management – University of Piraeus
13.15 Panel discussion: ESG Business Transformation Strategy and Funding
This panel will cover the high-level challenges that listed companies may face when integrating the ESG factors into their strategy. The discussion will expand to the strategic decisions that the listed companies are called to take in order to efficiently be in alignment with the EU regulations and expectations and how these decisions are funded.
15.00 Panel discussion (part 1): Corporate ESG Compliance and Pursuit of Sustainability
A focus on the level of corporations’ preparedness to comply with EU green social and governance rules and principles, how they integrate sustainability in their day-to-day business, as well as identification of policy initiatives and business practices needed to boost sustainability further. The discussion may include ESG corporate reporting issues, how corporations address externalities caused by their businesses, whether they have net zero commitments or whether new technologies, materials, or supply chains are tracked, and resources and expertise needed are in place on their journey to sustainability and finally which international initiatives are ongoing to enhance standard-setting relating to sustainability-related disclosures by corporates.
Vice Chair of the Hellenic Accounting and Auditing Standards Oversight Board
16.10 Panel discussion: ESG Investing: Market Trends and Compliance
A growing demand for ESG investments is a fact and EU sustainable finance regulatory framework has been supportive to this end. This panel will explore the recent trends in sustainability investing, the ways asset managers pursue sustainability as part of their investment process, and the effectiveness of financial markets on delivering the EU sustainability objectives and priorities.
Professor, University of Piraeus and LSE; Member of the Monetary Policy Council, Bank of Greece
17.00 Panel discussion: SFDR RTS on taxonomy related products, Article 8 TR & EBA ITS on Pillar 3 disclosures on ESG risks.
This panel will provide a technical overview of the Regulatory Technical Standards with regard to taxonomy related product disclosures under Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 (SFDR), and article 8 of Regulation (EU) 2020/852 (Taxonomy Regulation) Delegated Act, and EBA ITS on Pillar 3 disclosures on ESG risks.