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6th Taking ESG into Account Conference

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

30th November 2016, 09:00 am – 05:15 pm | DVFA Center, Frankfurt/Main

Taking ESG into Account is DVFA/EFFAS’ joint conference format for investment professionals engaged in ESG, sustainability and responsible investing in Europe.

DVFA as the German Society of Investment Professionals and EFFAS as the European umbrella association of investment professional societies have been successfully engaged in the mainstreaming of ESG into investment decision-making. Ever since the publication of their seminal paper “KPIs for ESG” in 2010 and the launch of the ESG training program “Valuation, Measurement & Integration” in 2014 both organizations have been an important hotbed of approaches and methods for integrating seemingly marginal topics into the mainstream of financial markets.

Further Information: www.dvfa.de/esg

IIRC Discussion Paper is published

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Today is a very exciting day for the integrated reporting movement. Right after midnight London time on September 12, the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) published the first draft of its Discussion Paper Towards Integrated Reporting: Communicating Value in the 21st Century. The IIRC has established a period of global consultation that lasts until December 14. During this time, it is interested in receiving as much feedback and suggestions as possible.

Links to the Discussion Paper, along with a Power Point presentation giving the rationale behind integrated reporting and more background information can be obtained on this page of the IIRC’s website: http://www.theiirc.org/the-integrated-reporting-discussion-paper/. Please distribute this as widely as possible.

The Discussion Paper represents a tremendous amount of work by the IIRC. The framework will help make more tangible just what is meant by “integrated reporting” and will help take the debate to the next level.

5th Taking ESG into Account 2011_

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Integrated reporting or integrated analysis? Advances in ESG mainstreaming

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Nelmara Arbex, Deputy CEO, GRI Global Reporting Initiative
  • José Luis Blasco, Partner, Head of Climate Change and Sustainability of EMA Region, KPMG Spain
  • Carlos Bousoño, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Abengoa
  • Frank Curtiss, Railpen & Member ICGN (International Corporate Governance Network)
  • Jessica de Fries, Director, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) & International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC)
  • Ralf Frank MBA, Managing Director, DVFA
  • Antonio Fuertes, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Gas Natural Fenosa
  • Frank Klein, Managing Director, DB Advisors & Member of EFFAS Management Committee
  • Fritz Mostboeck, Chairman EFFAS ESG Committee & Head of Research, Erste Group Bank AG
  • Paolo Nazzaro, Head of Sustainability, Telecom Italia & Co-Leader EU Collaborative  Venture
  • Michael Polya, Business Development Strategy Europe, State Street Global Advisors
  • John Scott, Chairman KPMG Spain
  • Juan Ramón Silva, General Manager of Sustainability, Acciona
  • Pedro Ortún Silvan, Director, European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry
  • Konrad Sippel, Global Head of Product Development, STOXX Limited
  • Elia Tárrega, Managing Director, Sustainalytics España
  • Juan Carlos Ureta, Chairman of IEAF
  • Stephane Voisin, Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, Crédit Agricole Cheuvreux

28 September 2011, Madrid, Spain


Conference Flyer

Final version of KPIs for ESG 3.0

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The final version of the the DVFA/EFFAS KPIs for ESG 3.0 is now available for download:

KPIs for ESG 3.0

The best “Taking ESG into Account 2010 Conference” ever coming to an end on 15 September 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

On 14 & 15 September 2010 EFFAS, DVFA, WestLB and PricewaterhouseCoopers jointly staged the 4th Taking ESG into Account Conference in Frankfurt/Germany.


  • More than 120 participants from 11 countries
  • 10 corporate elevator pitches
  • 2 keynotes, 5 panels
  • A networking barbecue without rain despite dark clouds


  • Panels of distinguished speakers discussed a variety of topics such as corporate disaster, the impact on institutional portfolios, Private Equity and its (yet to be defined) role in ESG, supply chain management as one of the most important issues within ESG, remuneration as a lever to implementing ESG within corporates
  • Key notes on Integrated Reporting by Paul Druckman (Accounting for Sustainability) and Green Taxation by Dr. Frank Schmidt (Pricewaterhouse Coopers)

Impressions from the Conference – Picture Gallery

Intro Speech by Fritz Mostböck, CEFA, EFFAS EMC & Chairman of EFFAS’ Committee on ESG

4th Taking ESG into Account

Friday, July 9th, 2010

4th Taking ESG into Account 2010

A joint conference of

14 – 15 September 2010, DVFA Center, Frankfurt/Main.

On 14 & 15 September 2010 DVFA, EFFAS, WestLB and PricewaterhouseCoopers will jointly stage the 4th Taking ESG into Account Conference in Frankfurt/Germany.

As the name – and the profile of the organisers – would suggest this is the biggest European event covering ESG topics in the mainstream of capital markets and companies. The aim of the conference is to provide insight into ongoing developments in the arena of ESG but also give companies the opportunity to present their efforts and successes of embedding ESG into corporate strategy.

In the past years, investors and financial analysts attending Taking ESG into Account indicated that they appreciated to learn about ESG aspects but suggested more expanded and focused sessions.
We have given this suggestion some consideration and modified the format of the conference: we will have panels on topics such as Supply Chain, Remuneration or Smart Grids which will include corporate speakers, often from technical or business functions and other experts, thus reflecting topics in their entirety – both from corporate and investment angle.

Pencil the date into your Outlook calendar!

Conference Flyer (PDF)
Registration Form for Participants (PDF)

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Friday, June 5th, 2009

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“ESG Mainstreaming – Looking for something that has already found us?”

This annual forum continues to grow every year along with the financial industry’s mainstreaming of ESG. Once again Taking ESG into Account will bring together a unique mix of investment professionals from sell- and buy-side, corporates and the ESG services industries from all over Europe.

Demanding proof for the effects of good ESG performance on the bottom line of corporates has been a volkssport in capital markets for many years. Many of us have been eager to produce this sort of proof.

Taking ESG into Account 2009 goes one step further: we simply assume (or for agnostics: pretend) that a corporate managing, measuring and disclosing ESG is the default. And we likewise simply presuppose that taking risk factors (and thus accordingly ESG factors) into account is the default for recognizing fiduciary duties in making asset management decisions, and consequently the default of an industry delivering service for asset managers.

There are good reasons for us to do so! With 17% share-of-market at total assets-under-management in Europe ESG is neither a bolt-on topic nor a niche product. At Taking ESG into Account we will take a closer look what is new and what has emerged while we have been busy looking for proof. While we have been looking for something it has already found us!

8 September 2009 – Public Symposium*

09:30 Welcome, Coffee

10:00 Conference Opening

  • Giampaolo Trasi, Chairman EFFAS
  • Fritz Mostböck, EFFAS CESG & Erste Group Austria
  • Ralf Frank MBA, DVFA

10:30 Stream 1: Players

“A participant who has or is perceived to have influence or power.” (Wikipedia)

In the past years the asset management industry has begun to look at the entire supply chain or “Responsible Investments Food Chain”. Such a view suggests to watch out for either new players to emerge alongside asset owners, asset managers and brokers but also to expect that roles and role definition might change.

New players such as consulting firms for the pension’s industry have emerged. Up to 60% of investors make use of consulting service for the selection of asset managers. Some pension funds have also begun to explore engaging in their own rather than procured asset management activities.


  • Gianfranco Gianfrate, Hermes
  • Carl-Heinrich Kehr, Mercer
  • Claudia Kruse, APG Asset Management
  • Gianluca Manca, Eurizon Capital – Intesa Sanpaolo group

Moderator: Dr. Hendrik Garz, WestLB

12:00 Coffee Break

12:15 Stream 2: Product

“An item that ideally satisfies a market’s want or need.” (Wikipedia)

As in any market the availability of products is the ultimate indication of fungibility of the market place. ESG for years was regarded as solely relating to stocks and stock-based portfolios. Given the asset allocation and current policies which seek diversification as an offset to risk – what is the role of ESG for other asset classes such as Fixed Income or Real Estate in addition to the role it already has in stocks? What about direct investments or even products based on more “exotic” underlyings?

Presenters include:

  • Katrin Lieber-Braun, DB Advisors on “Integration of ESG in Fixed Income Products”
  • Georg Schattney, BCC on “Biodiversity as investment topic”
  • N.N., on “The E, S and G in and of Real Estates”

Moderator: Stefan Calvi, PricewaterhouseCoopers

13:30 Buffet Lunch Break

14:00 German electric utilities – in the CO2 trap?

A joint study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and WestLB.
(part of the German Ministry of Finance-funded project “Mainstreaming climate risks and changes in the financial sector”)

Many German power plants are reaching the end of their life cycle within the next few years. The big German electric utilities find themselves in the dilemma to make very long-term investment decisions in an environment that is characterised by a high degree of uncertainty about the prices of fuel and CO2 emissions and about the regulatory environment.

This study analyses the power plant portfolios of the four largest German electric utilities and the impact that different replacement investment strategies have on the value and profitability of these portfolios and their individual components. To do this we have created a model that replicates the price formation on the German electricity market taking into account all key influence variables.
In order to estimate the impact of different CO2 and fuel price scenarios on enterprise value, we estimate the DCF-values for the already existing power plant portfolio (114 single power plants) and for the different replacement portfolios we assume (including renewable energy options and CCS).

Our results show that, due to the current structure of the German energy market, there is little incentive under present conditions to make any replacement investments. Against the common wisdom, we come to the conclusion that – from a purely financial perspective – an ambitious climate change policy with rising CO2 prices seems to be the best scenario for the companies and hence also for investors.

14:30 Stream 3: Public (Disclosure of Risk, Corporate Governance and ESG)

“Public … relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community.” (Wikipedia)

Next to the current debate on how much standardisation for risk and ESG disclosure is necessary and whether mandatory reporting is necessary, a discussion has evolved if and how these aspects (i.e. environmental, social and governance issues) could be better integrated into risk management.

Evidently, Extra-financials play a strong role in identifying new challenges to business models (e.g. exposure to extreme weather conditions due to climate change, resource depletion or social conflicts arising from increased demand for energy resources). So far the real integration of ESG aspects into risk management seems somewhat and interaction between risk management teams and ESG professionals is still comparatively sporadic.

1st Part: “Elevator Pitches” of initiatives and their respective positions on Extra-Financial, ESG and whether or not to regulate

Speakers include:

  • Frank Curtiss, RAILPEN Investments & ICGN International Corporate Governance Network
  • Robin Edme, Eurosif & Frenchsif
  • Sean Gilbert, GRI Global Reporting Initiative
  • Mike Krzus, WICI Worldwide Business Reporting Network
  • Paolo Nazzaro, Telecom Italia & CSR Lab on Valuation of Financial and Extra-Financial Information

Moderator: Dieter Horst, PricewaterhouseCoopers

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 2nd Part: Panel Discussion:
“Can we afford regulation in times of crisis?”

An open animated discussion between sceptics, proponents and agnostics of ESG regulation

Speakers include:

  • Kay Bommer, DIRK – Deutscher Investor Relations Verband e.V.
  • Thomas Langer, WestLB
  • Fritz Mostböck, EFFAS CESG & Erste Group Austria
  • Pedro Ortún, European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry

Moderators: Dieter Horst, PricewaterhouseCoopers & Ralf Frank, DVFA

18:00 Wrap-up

19:00 Barbecue Party at DVFA Premises

* Invitees include investment professionals, corporate representatives, specialist on ESG, journalists. By invitation only. Not open to the general public.

9 September 2009 – Public Symposium* & Corporate Presentations**

ESG in Action: corporate presentations

Large caps from European capital markets will present their ESG activities in 30 minute slots incl. 10 min Q&A followed by one-on-ones between corporates and investors.

08:50 Welcome, Coffee

09:00 Hochtief AG
09:35 Deutsche Bank AG

1st Sector Focus: Chemicals
10:10 Bayer AG
10:35 Syngenta International AG
11:00 Q&A

11:10 Coffee Break

11:20 eMobility*
In view of the growing CO2 emissions from individual mobility and the increasing scarcity of fossil energy resources, innovative drive systems are of central importance. Vehicles with electric drives are increasingly likely to play a decisive role for the sustainability of the mobile society. Optimistic scenarios assume an almost complete substitution of the conventional fleet by plug-in electric cars by 2050.

Like in any systemic change process there will be winners and losers. The big car manufacturers probably have to re-invent themselves in order to sustain their position within the mobility sector. Innovative newcomers that strive to implement new business models will have to prove the viability of their visions.

1st Part: The challenges, the opportunities and the risks
Expert Presentation:

  • Christoph Zeiss, Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH
  • Gerhard Prätorius, VOLKSWAGEN AG

12:05 2nd Part: Fad or true paradigm shift?
(Podium Discussion)

Speakers include (tbc):

  • Sell side: Adam Hull & Peter Wirtz, WestLB
  • Buy side: Florian Sommer, Fortis Investments
  • Gerhard Prätorius, VOLKSWAGEN AG

Moderator: Dr. Hendrik Garz, WestLB

12:45 Lunch

13:15 RWE AG

2nd Sector Focus: Transporation
13:50 Deutsche Post AG
14:15 Österreichische Post AG
14:40 Q&A

14:50 Coffee Break

15:00 Telecom Italia SpA
15:35 Palfinger AG
16:10 Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
16:45 Nestlé S.A.

Public symposium and corporate presentations will be chaired by senior analysts of “Taking ESG into Account” 2009’s broker sponsor WestLB:

  • Ralf Dörper (tbc)
  • Dr. Hendrik Garz
  • Michael Gorny
  • Achim Henke
  • Adam Hull
  • Thomas Langer
  • Henrich Maas
  • Neil Smith
  • Cornelia Thomas (tbc)
  • Peter Wirtz

* Invitees include investment professionals, corporate representatives, specialist on ESG, journalists. By invitation only. Not open to the general public.

** Access to corporate presentations and one-on-one-meetings is exclusively granted to investment professionals. By invitation only. Not open to the general public.


Taking ESG into Account 2009 (PDF)

EFFAS partnering with major European CSR Initiative

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

An important industry initiative was launched on March 2006: the “Alliance” among European Commission and companies that aims at making Europe a pole of excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Several working groups (Laboratories) have been activated under the framework of the Alliance in order to tackle relevant issues as they have been identified by the EU Commission. Of particular interest for investment professionals is the Laboratory “Corporate Responsibility and Market Valuation of Financial and Non Financial Performance” (short: the LAB) which is exploring a new model to reduce the gap between investors and companies in the communication of non financial performance.

The Lab aims at demonstrating links between a wide range of environmental, social and governance factors and the financial performance through a filter of core non-financial value drivers. It aims to explain drivers of the long-term value of companies. The ultimate aim of Lab is to develop a European framework for company and investor dialogue.

Gunter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission said:

 “Allow me to single out one laboratory whose work has particularly caught my attention: the laboratory on the valuation of financial and non-financial performance. I hope that the work of this laboratory can contribute to a quiet revolution in the way that enterprises who wish to can measure and communicate their non-financial performance, allowing investors and other stakeholders to use such information in their decision making processes. There is indeed no other powerful incentive to consider the strategic role of corporate responsibility than an investor able to value the role that it plays for the future prosperity and sustainability of a business.”

For years, EFFAS has had a strong position in developing standards for the reporting of extra-financials. With its Commission on Intellectual Capital (CIC) and its Commission on ESG (CESG) EFFAS not only has been instrumental in communicating the needs of investment professionals in capital markets to corporates but has also provided practical advise in the form of Key Performance Indicators and interactive data formats. Thus, EFFAS has helped to enhance the integration of extra-financials in classic investment methods.

EFFAS CESG has now joined a partnership with the Lab. CESG’s work on KPIs for ESG has been acknowledged by the Lab as an important cornerstone to Lab’s mission. In the past months EFFAS has supported the Lab with conducting focus groups with investment professionals and companies across Europe to deepen its understanding of the needs and requirements of investment professionals around non financial performance and to test the developing model.

The Lab has launched an open consultation to seek feedback on the framework, an emerging set of principles and recommendations for implementation from companies, investors, trade and sectoral bodies, accounting organisations and other key stakeholders. The interim consultation report “Valuing non-financial performance” and feedback form are available online at www.investorvalue.org. The closing date is 28 February 2009.