The Alliance was founded in 2017 to promote multi-disciplinary academic research on sustainable finance and investment. The Alliance organizes a major annual academic conference on sustainable finance and investment. The Alliance is also developing academic collaboration among researchers working on sustainable finance and nurturing the growth and development of graduate students and junior academics working on these topics.

 

The Paris Climate Change Agreement and the 2030 Agenda aim to set policymakers, the private sector, and civil society on a common path to advance global environmental sustainability and human wellbeing. In this context, actors and institutions in our financial system have a crucial role to play in catalyzing and supporting relevant solutions, and in ensuring that they do not undermine necessary social, environmental, and economic progress. It is also increasingly important that academic research helps to guide global cooperation efforts in an effective direction. This research must come from a diverse range of approaches and fields in order to constructively address what are extremely complicated and multi-disciplinary problems in the sustainability and finance fields.

The 3rd Annual Conference is being hosted by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a joint center of the Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute. The conference this year will be hosted online, with details to follow.

Further information on the Alliance can be found at https://www.sustainablefinancealliance.org/

 

The Agenda is indicative and is subject to change; all listed times are EST. 

A Phd workshop will be organized on Friday 11th September, where pre-selected PhD students will be invited to present their papers or projects. Faculty and senior researchers from Alliance Universities will provide feedback, as well as advice on research, publications, and careers. 

Other side events may also be organised on September 8, 9, 10 and 11 and we encourage Alliance Universities and other organisations to organise side-events on these days. 

On Friday 11th September there will be a strategy session for the Alliance Organising Committee on key areas of future cooperation. There will also be a debrief on the 3rd Annual Conference and a discussion of plans for the 4th Annual Conference hosted by Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing in 2021.

8sept

TUESDAY

Plenary Discussion
8:00-9:00 

Paper Presentations I

9:30-10:30

Paper Presentations II

11:00-12:00

Side Events

12:00-13:00

9sept

WEDNESDAY

Plenary Discussion
8:00-9:00 

Paper Presentations III

9:30-10:30

Paper Presentations IV

11:00-12:00

Side Events

12:00-13:00

10sept

THURSDAY

Plenary Discussion
8:00-9:00 

Paper Presentations V

9:30-10:30

Paper Presentations VI

11:00-12:00

Side Events

12:00-13:00

11sept

FRIDAY

Plenary Discussion

8:00-9:00 

PhD Workshop

11:00-13:00

GRASFI Committee Meeting

11:00-13:00

Paper Submissions Closed

The 3rd Annual Conference will be hosted online by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. We will accept approximately 40 high quality papers for the Conference, each paper having a 30-minute speaking slot. We seek papers from a range of disciplines, fostering dialogue and collaboration across different fields. The deadline for submission has passed. 

 

Papers will be presented over multiple conference sessions, organized around the theme of the submissions. Themes include:

 

  • Sustainable finance - the roles and impacts of different financial services actors and institutions

  • Corporate governance

  • Climate-related risks and finance

  • Data and novel methods for understanding and measuring sustainability in finance and investment

  • Measuring impact

  • The role and effectiveness of ESG ratings and assessment 

  • Sustainable finance and the law

  • Social and human rights dimensions of sustainable finance 

  • Sustainable investment in and by emerging market actors

  • The role of the state in advancing sustainable finance

  • Financing natural infrastructure

  • Agenda 2030 and the role of accounting systems

 

Asset Manager Sponsor:

Paper sponsors:

Generous support also provided by:

We welcome additional sponsors. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact ccsi@law.columbia.edu​

3rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

8-11 September 2020

Columbia University

The Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment

GRASFI ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020

8-11 September 2020, Columbia University

Contact us: ccsi@law.columbia.edu

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