Highlights of the “Integration of ESG and Climate Risks in Investment Management Conference” with Imperial College Business School and Ping An Technology:

With increasing numbers of investment managers seeking to integrate ESG factors into their portfolio management decisions, the challenge of measuring companies’ ESG performance is growing in importance. Advances in technology are making more sophisticated analysis tools available, speakers said, but there are different views on what data is relevant and how disclosure frameworks should be standardized. A Singapore Exchange survey on ESG disclosures by Singapore-listed companies showed that issuers are concerned about differing ESG risk criteria and frameworks. They are calling for more guidance on environmental standards, particularly regarding greenhouse gas emissions. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has worked to standardize disclosure of ESG risks: “As a regulator and exchange operator, we must supervise fair and orderly ESG markets – listed companies must comply and commit to conduct their business well.”

HONG KONG and SHANGHAI, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The rapid growth of investment based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria requires innovation and co-operation to create reliable risk disclosure systems, speakers said at the “Integration of ESG and Climate Risks in Investment Management” virtual conference hosted by Imperial College Business School, Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis and Ping An Technology, a member of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. (hereafter “Ping An” or the “Group”, HKEX: 2318; SSE: 601318).

With increasing numbers of investment managers seeking to integrate ESG factors into their portfolio management decisions, the challenge of measuring and comparing companies’ ESG performance is growing in importance. Advances in technology are making more sophisticated analysis tools available, speakers said, but there are different views on what data is relevant and how disclosure frameworks should be standardized.

Ping An: Understand ourselves first

Ping An’s fintech arm, OneConnect Financial Technology, is developing intelligent tools for companies to gather their own ESG data for publication. “We need to understand ourselves first,” said Tan Bin Ru, OneConnect Southeast Asia CEO. “Our platform monitors 400 indicators across the 40 units of Ping An Group, then places us in a wider context

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