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Water Summit 2019 in association with WWF, BCG, Reuters Breakingviews, AB InBev and Deutsche Börse

Posted on 20 September 2019

Finance and Business Resilience under Climate Change: Water risk and opportunity
The Water Summit 2019 is a unique event on the global financial and water calendars. Targeted at CEOs and CFOs of financial institutions as well as companies that depend on water as an input in their products, processes and supply chains, the summit looks at water from an investment perspective.
Building on the success of the 2018 Water Summit in London, which brought together 29 global Leading Speakers and 185 participants, including 85 C-Suite delegates, this year’s highly anticipated event is supported by AB InBev and the global Valuing Water Initiative and will be hosted by the Deutsche Borse in Frankfurt on November 18 and will focus on the business and investment risks and opportunities linked to water and climate change, under the theme:

There is a growing understanding that climate-related risks go beyond exposure to fossil fuels and that the financial impacts of the climate crisis will primarily come through water. But current approaches to climate related financial risks are not handling water well, and current approaches to water are not handling climate risks well.

This year’s summit will highlight the need for financial institutions to adopt a new approach to water – one that incorporates a stronger approach to risk management while also supporting enhanced opportunities to mobilize debt and equity to invest and profit from the need for more resilient societies and economies.

The 2019 Summit will also focus on the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and how it needs more tools that can help with water-related scenarios and that can translate risks into financial impacts. Current ESG approaches do not take into account the contextual dimensions of water Therefore the summit will also look at new, more robust approaches to integrate adaptation to climate change and account for risk, response and opportunity.

With water stress increasing, the Water Summit 2019 will provide investors and corporate leaders with another perspective – showing how investing in climate and water smart opportunities can waterproof their businesses and assets, contribute to climate resilience, enhance the health of freshwater ecosystems, and boost progress towards achieving SDG6 (Water for All) – a target many of the world’s leading companies have signed up to.

Draft Agenda for Water Summit (November 18)

09.00   Welcoming remarks
Dr Joachim Faber, Chair of the Board, Deutsche Börse
9.10     Opening Address – Climate crisis: Water is the biggest risk but also the greatest opportunity
9.30     The Water Challenge – How water impacts your business and investments
Shalini Unnikrishnan, Managing Director and Partner, BCG
9.45     Keynote Address – Shifting financial flows for freshwater: new approach to managing risk & seizing opportunities
Prof. Dr. Joachim Nagel, Board Member, KFW bank
10.05   High-level Panel – Waterproofing investments as the climate changes: risks and responses
Sasja Beslik, MD, Head of Sustainable Finance Development in J. Safra Sarasin
Andre Fourie, ABInbev, Global Water Director
Moderated by Margaret Kuhlow, WWF Global Finance Practice Leader
10.40   Keynote address – Full disclosure: TCFD needs better tools to deal with water-related climate risks

11.00   Networking coffee

11.20   Panel discussion: What does the EU Sustainable Finance Action plan mean for water related sectors
Shelagh Whitley, Director ESG, UN PRI
Moderated by Adrien Portafaix, Partner, BCG
12.00   Keynote Address – Banking on private finance: transforming funding for climate adaptation
CEO FMO Peter van Mierlo leveraging private finance to fill investment gap
12.15   Panel discussion – Funding the gap: how private sector investments in climate adaptation make business sense
Andrew Johnstone, CEO Climate Fund Managers
Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining & Minerals
Moderated by Callie Stinson, World Economic Forum
13.00   Networking Lunch
14.00   How do Water Stewardship thinking and Climate Change guide our investments
Maurizio Paternello, CEO, Nestlé Waters interviewed by Reuters Breakingviews
14.20   Panel discussion – Transforming how water is valued in business and investment policies and practices to build climate resilience
Philippe Prufier, CEO, SKP Investors
Moderated by Henk Ovink, Dutch International Water Envoy
15.00   Introduction to Watershed Moments
15.10   Watershed Moments
Small group tables highlighting investment opportunities, innovations, solutions
Table 1 – Game-changing opportunity for private finance: Dutch Fund for Climate & Development (DFCD)
Table 2 – WAVE: Water and Valuation module within the Water Risk Filter
Table 3 – Valuing Water Initiative: Case Study – Zambezi
Table 4 - The all new Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standards 2.0
Table 5 – EU financial regulations: taking water seriously?
Table 6 – Starting at the Source: how to introduce water into your decision making
Table 7 – Blended finance toolbox
Table 8 – Climate is Water: How climate change will increase water risks
16.00   Circular dialogues & networking coffee
16.30   Closing Address – Investing in the Climate and Water World We Want
Pavan Sukhdev, WWF International President
16.45   Chair’s closing remarks
17.00   AB InBev drinks reception
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