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Scientific findings show that climate change is already wreaking havoc not just on vulnerable ecosystems and communities, but also on global supply chains, critical infrastructure, and commodity, labor, and insurance markets around the world.

For businesses and investors, tackling climate change can no longer fall under “corporate social responsibility.” It is a bottom-line issue, and the successful companies of the future will be those equipped to grapple with its complexities and navigate the intersection of public policy, technology, and markets. Barron’s Group and Project Syndicate, the leading voices in global investment and economy, are convening a group of experts of the highest caliber to shed light on how companies can reorient their business models around environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors to maintain sustainable investment, and to highlight the market opportunities awaiting those who embrace the challenge. This event is a production of Project Syndicate and Barron’s Group Custom Studio, a commercial affiliate of Barron’s

Susteainability Comes of Age

Date: Tuesday, September 24th

Time: 1-4pm, followed by a short reception


Asia Society
725 Park Avenue

Upper East Side

New York, NY 10021


Panel Schedule:

Timing is still tentative, but your panel discussion is scheduled from 2:45-3:40pm.

Tentative Event Agenda

I. (1pm-1:10pm) Welcome Remarks

Alexander Friedman, former CEO of GAM Investments and Chairman of the Project Syndicate Advisory Board

II. (1:10pm– 1:25pm) Keynote – Kevin Rudd, a former prime minister of

Australia, is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York and Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism.


III. (1:30pm-2:25pm) Panel One – All Aboard?

Though President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate accord has dominated the spotlight, the Trump administration is not the only hurdle to meeting – and going beyond – the Paris targets. How can governments accelerate progress toward sustainability, given the distributional conflicts green policies often engender?

CHAIR: Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Professor at Columbia University

Lynn Scarlett, Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at The Nature Conservancy

Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation

Richenda Van Leeuwen, Managing Director of The Rocky Mountain Institute


IV. (2:20pm-2:25pm) Break

V. (2:30pm-2:45pm) Keynote

Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank

VI. (2:45pm-3:40pm) Panel Two

Reckoning with the Risks: From far-reaching effects on supply chains to looming dead-weight losses implied by past investments in fossil fuels, the business and financial risks associated with climate change are almost too numerous and complex to grapple with. Where should companies, investors, and other market participants direct their focus as we move from abstract notions of risk to real-world balance sheets?

CHAIR: Nouriel Roubini, Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates

Graciela Chichilnisky, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and co- founder and CEO of Global Thermostat

Rémy Rioux, CEO of Agence Française de Développement, Chair IDFC

Stephen S. Roach, faculty member at Yale University and former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia

VII. (3:40pm-4pm) Closing Remarks

Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UN Framework

Convention on Climate Change, is Convener of the global climate initiative Mission 2020.


VIII. (4pm-4:30pm) Drinks Reception

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