Italian SRI Week 2017
The sixth edition of the Italian Sustainable and Responsible Investment Week, or SRI Week, took place from 8 to 17 November in Milan and Rome: the initiative, promoted and coordinated by the Italian Sustainable Investment Forum (Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile, or FFS), is the most relevant sustainable investment event in Italy.
Supported by prominent financial actors and under the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, this year the SRI Week offered the public a rich programme including 11 events, all with free admission: ten conferences have been attended by national and international high-profile speakers featuring the presentation of reports and studies.
THE EVENTS PROMOTED BY FFS
Rome, 8 November:
presentation of the study on responsible investor in Italy
The Week kicked off at the Chamber of Deputies with the presentation of the study conducted by FFS and Doxa on responsible retail investors in Italy. Supported by Natixis Global Asset Management and Gruppo Generali, this is an update on a previous investigation conducted in 2013 on the relevance of environmental and social aspects to investment choices.
Milan, 9 November:
presentation of the report on sustainable finance and local development
The second event of the Week was hosted by Fondazione Riccardo Catella, and featured the presentation of a report on the role of sustainable finance in local development. The report was made possible thanks to the contributions of the participants of a working group organised by FFS in collaboration with IEFE Bocconi, Fondazione IFEL and ANCI Lombardia, and supported by HDI Assicurazioni.
Milan, 15 November:
presentation of the report on impact investing
The impact investing strategy is registering a significant growth, at both a global and European level: the topic was discussed at BASE Milano during the official presentation of a report written by FFS in collaboration with Social Impact Agenda per l’Italia and with the support of AXA Investment Managers, Etica SGR and Sella Gestioni SGR. The publication is the outcome of a multi-stakeholder working group including both financial actors and non-profit organisations.
Rome, 17 November:
presentation of the study on SRI and pension plans in Italy
The Week ended at the headquarters of COVIP (the Italian authority of pension plans) with an event dedicated to the retirement sector, featuring the presentation of the third edition of the study on sustainable investment policies of the biggest Italian pension plans, carried out by FFS in collaboration with Mefop and MondoInstitutional and supported by AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors and Vigeo Eiris.
The Week’s programme also looked to Europe with the presentation of the Interim Report of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, established by the European Commission to develop a common strategy on sustainable finance. The conference is the Italian step of a Roadshow organised across the main European financial centres by Eurosif – an association promoting sustainable finance in Europe, of which FFS is member.
Finally, once again this year FFS and Associazione Hendel promoted a programme of cultural events to introduce a wider audience to sustainability and finance. In fact, Sunday 19 November was dedicated to theatre, interactive conferences and workshops for children: all of them hosted at Palazzo Mezzanotte (the headquarter of Borsa Italiana).