ISS ESG and Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) Webinar Series


Making the Grade: Responsible Investment Industry Standards in the APAC Region

As ESG investment becomes business as usual, both voluntary and mandatory ESG regulations are being utilised by finance industry bodies across the globe to accelerate ESG integration and to put safeguards in place to avoid greenwashing. Asia-Pacific is no exception. As ESG regulation develops within the Asia-Pacific region, we will see voluntary labels, standards, and awards, appear in the market.

In the first session of the webinar series, hear from Simon O’Connor, CEO of The Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), about recent developments for the Responsible Investment Certification Program in Australia and New Zealand; and from Willian Cowper, Regulatory Solutions at ISS ESG, about international developments and standards investors in the Asia-Pacific region should be noticing.


Controversial Weapons: What Are They, and Why are they Relevant for the RIAA Certification Label

Controversial weapons represent one of the most consistently screened topics by responsible investors around the world, usually driven by regulatory imperatives, but also by values-based arguments. What is it that makes a weapon ‘controversial’? How can they be differentiated from other weapons? And in this time of global conflict, what are we learning about the topic?

In the second and final session, join ISS ESG’s Head of Weapons Research Henning Weber and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)’s Ryan Cook as we discuss controversial weapons, and the recent related upgrades to the RIAA Responsible Investment Certification program.

Julia Leske, Head of ESG Australia and New Zealand @ISS ESG
Duncan Paterson, Head of ESG Thought Leadership @ISS ESG

William Cowper, ESG Product Manager – Regulatory Solutions @ISS ESG
Simon O’Connor, CEO @Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)
Henning Weber, Head of Weapons Research @ISS ESG
Ryan Cook, Senior Responsible Investment Analyst @Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)


MAY 4 & 11, 2022

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