Forthcoming Events


The Rothschild Foundation

8th Sustainable Finance Forum: The Future of Engagement and Active Ownership

13th-14th June 2019 | Waddesdon Manor

The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, together with The Rothschild Foundation and the KR Foundation, is organising the 8th Sustainable Finance Forum on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June 2019. The 8th Forum will focus on the future of investor engagement and active ownership. This will be held at Waddesdon Manor - an estate built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 in Buckinghamshire - with accommodation at nearby Hartwell House. There is no fee for attendance and there will be no more than 60 high-level attendees.

Investors – from the largest institutions (such as pension funds, insurers and sovereign wealth funds) to the smallest millennial retail saver – are increasingly concerned with ensuring that their investments across different asset classes (such as listed equities, bonds, private equity and property) have smaller environmental footprints and that these become better aligned with different environmental thresholds.

Yet there is a pervasive collective action problem in terms of effectively executing concerted and coordinated engagement strategies with other like-minded investors. Further, investor influence on companies and their environmental footprints differs enormously by asset class, sector, and geography, as well as (of course) by the size and reputation of the investor(s) in question.

These are familiar problems and much progress has been made to improve engagement. But much more needs to be done to secure the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Fortunately emerging technologies, changing client preferences, new regulatory landscapes, and evolving economic geographies create new opportunities for more effective engagement and forms of active ownership. Now is also a good moment to take stock of what has been achieved so far, what lessons have been learnt, and to consider what best practice can and should look like in the future and how we achieve it.

The forum will have sessions on these issues, including on using game theory to enhance engagement, the economic geography of engagement, climate litigation, retail investors and fintech, engagement beyond listed equities, and measuring engagement performance.

If you would like to attend, please apply for your place by emailing events@smithschool.ox.ac.uk with details of your position, affiliation, and interest in the topic. We carefully curate each forum to ensure appropriate levels of seniority, representation from different parts of the investment chain, and balance across specialisms and jurisdictions. We will let you know whether you have secured a place in due course. Unfortunately the forums are always heavily oversubscribed and a large number of applications will be unsuccessful.


Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment Conference 2019

Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment Conference 2019

3-6th September 2019 | Oxford, UK

The Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme is hosting the 2nd Annual Conference of the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI). GRASFI was founded in 2017 to promote multi-disciplinary academic research on sustainable finance and investment. The Alliance consists of 22 global research universities, each with expertise in this emerging field.

Registration for the GRASFI 2019 Conference is now open, and the Conference Committee are seeking 40 high quality papers for the conference with each paper having a 30-minute speaking slot. Within each session papers are likely to come from different disciplines to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration and learning. More details and the Call for Papers can be found on the conference website.


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